Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508
A Palestinian woman cries after a neighboring building to her family home was targeted in an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Israel vowed no let-up in its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/12: Palestinian girl crying during the funeral of her brother who was killed during the raid of the Israeli Air Force in central Gaza City in the sixth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health 128 died, about 1,200 wounded, and demolition of more than 500 houses. (Photo by Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian mourners cry in a house after the bodies of Mousa Abu Muamer, 56, and his son Saddam, 27, who were killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike at their house in the outskirts of the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, were brought in during their funeral procession, Monday, July 14, 2014. Saddam's wife Hanadi, 27, was also killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Relatives weep as they hold the body of Sarah Omar el-Eid, 4, as the bodies of her father, Omar, 26, and her uncle, Jihad, 27, are brought into a house in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, during their funeral, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The three were killed by an Israeli strike late Monday. Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 16: People mourn for their relatives who died on Israel's airstrikes in Gaza city, Gaza on 16 July, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Asad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Palestinian mourners cry during the funeral of four-year-old Palestinian girl Sarah Sheik al-Eid and of her father and uncle, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014 after they were killed in an Israeli military strike the previous day. Israel carried out at least four air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday afternoon, resuming raids after a truce that failed to get off the ground, AFP correspondents and eyewitnesses said. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Palestinians flee their home in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 A.M. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JULY 15: A woman cries and holds a photo of Palestinian child who died in Israeli attacks on Gaza in Tehran, Iran, on July 15, 2014. A group of people gather to protest Israeli attacks to Gaza outside United Nations building in capital Tehran. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/12: Palestinian girl crying during the funeral of her brother who was killed during the raid of the Israeli Air Force in central Gaza City in the sixth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health 128 died, about 1,200 wounded, and demolition of more than 500 houses. (Photo by Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BEIT LAHIA, GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/11: The father of Saher Abu Namous, 4 years old, cries in front oh the grave of his son. Saher Abu Namous was killed by an Israeli helicopter targeting his neighborhood house. Funeral of Saher Abu Namous, 4 years old, held in Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip. The child was killed by an Israeli helicopter targeting his neighborhood house. (Photo by Marco Bottelli/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
GAZA, PALESTINE - 2014/07/12: Palestinian girl crying during the funeral of her brother who was killed in targeted from the Israeli Air Force in central Gaza City during the sixth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health 128 died, about 1,200 wounded, and demolition of more than 500 houses. (Photo by Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 12: A relative of Palestinian Mahmoud Al-Suveyti killed in an Israeli air attack, cries during the funeral ceremony in Gaza City, Gaza on July 12, 2014. (Photo by Yasser Qudih/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Palestinian mourners cry during the funeral of four-year-old Palestinian girl Sarah Sheik al-Eid and of her father and uncle, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014 after they were killed in an Israeli military strike the previous day. Israel carried out at least four air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday afternoon, resuming raids after a truce that failed to get off the ground, AFP correspondents and eyewitnesses said. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian mourners cry during the funeral of four-year-old Palestinian girl Sarah Sheik al-Eid and of her father and uncle, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 15, 2014 after they were killed in an Israeli military strike the previous day. Israel carried out at least four air strikes against Gaza on Tuesday afternoon, resuming raids after a truce that failed to get off the ground, AFP correspondents and eyewitnesses said. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian Zahra Sheikh el-Eid cries as she waits for the bodies of her daughter Sarah Omar el-Eid, 4, her husband Omar, 26, and her brother-in-law Jihad, 27, to be brought in a house in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, during their funeral, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The three were killed by an Israeli strike late Monday. An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled Tuesday, after the Islamic militant group Hamas rejected the plan. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian relatives cry during a funeral of Ibrahim Abu Nasr, 61, and his daughter Amira, 19, in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The father and his daughter were killed in an Israeli air strike yesterday, Palestinian health officials said. (AP Photo/Hatem Omar)
A Palestinian mourner cries at a mosque as he sits next to the bodies of Mousa Abu Muamer, 56, and his son Saddam, 27, who were killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike at their house in the outskirts of the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 14, 2014. Saddam's wife, Hanadi, 27, was also killed in the attack. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A woman cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Relatives weep as they hold the body of Sarah Omar el-Eid, 4, as the bodies of her father, Omar, 26, and her uncle, Jihad, 27, are brought into a house in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, during their funeral, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The three were killed by an Israeli strike late Monday. Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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BY KARIN LAUB AND PETER ENAV

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council expressed "serious concern" about Gaza's rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pressed ahead with his push for a truce in a trip to the region, and was expected in Cairo later Monday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was also heading back this week to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease-fire.

As Israeli airstrikes continued to pound Gaza on Monday, rescue workers near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis were digging out bodies from a home flattened in one of the strikes overnight, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health ministry official.

Palestinian Death Toll In Gaza Fighting Tops 500

Al-Kidra said the Palestinian death toll from the two-week offensive stood at 508 as of Monday morning, including 20 bodies that were found at the site in Khan Younis. Two people were pulled alive from the rubble, he added.

Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli tanks opened fire on the home of the Siyam family west of Rafah in the southern part of the strip, killing 10 people, including four young children and a 9-month-old baby girl, al Kidra said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it foiled a Hamas infiltration attempt on Monday through two tunnels leading from northern Gaza into southern Israel. The military said 10 infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft.

On Sunday, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue "as long as necessary" to end attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.

The 13 Israeli soldiers died in clashes with Hamas militants in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shiyajiah, bringing the overall Israeli death toll to 20, including two civilians who died from rocket and mortar fire directed at Israeli towns and villages from Gaza.

On Sunday evening, Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri in Gaza claimed his group had captured an Israeli soldier. An announcement on Gaza TV of the soldier's capture set off celebration in the streets of West Bank.

But there was no official confirmation of the claim in Israel. Earlier, the Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, said the Hamas claim was untrue.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Palestinians flee their home in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 A.M. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Palestinians flee their home in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A woman cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Palestinians flee their home in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Alongside the air strikes, Israel also ordered tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighborhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. Wednesday. The warnings were delivered in automated phone calls, text messages and leaflets.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A woman cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians carry their belongings as they flee their homes in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians flee their homes in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. A Hamas website says Israel has fired missiles at the homes of four of its senior leaders as it resumed bombardment of Gaza, following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort. Health officials say the Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting has reached 204.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a Palestinian girl sits on the wall of the New Gaza United Nations School, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes. Twenty U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday's warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, resting in his father's lap after fleeing Israeli airstrikes, Bilal Attar, 4, now shares a classroom in the New Gaza Boys United Nations school in the Gaza Strip with more than a dozen people. The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a donkey cart belonging to displaced Palestinians sits parked in front of a mural painted at the New Gaza United Nations School, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes. 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday's warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, young Palestinian girl Fulla Attar, 10, rests in a classroom of the New Gaza Boys United Nations school, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes. 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday's warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, displaced Palestinians fill empty bottles of water at the New Gaza Boys United Nations School, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes. 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday's warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a boy cools off on a hot summer day at the Gaza Boys United Nations School, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes. 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday's warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, resting in his father's lap after fleeing Israeli airstrikes, Bilal Attar, 4, now shares a classroom in the New Gaza Boys United Nations School in the Gaza Strip with more than a dozen people. In Gaza, about one-fourth of the over 170 Palestinians killed in the past week were children, according to U.N. figures. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge in a United Nations school in Gaza City after fleeing their homes Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a coming attack after its troops earlier launched a brief raid. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge at a United Nations school in Gaza City after fleeing their homes. Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a coming attack after its troops earlier launched a brief raid. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge in a United Nations school in Gaza City after fleeing their homes Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a coming attack after its troops earlier launched a brief raid. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Displaced Palestinians seek refuge in a United Nations school in Gaza City after fleeing their homes Sunday, July 13, 2014. Israel has called on residents of the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, suggesting a coming attack after its troops earlier launched a brief raid. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, sisters Mariam Attar, center right, and Sada Attar, center left, rest with their children inside the New Gaza Boys United Nations School after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City. The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighborhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians drive past a building destroyed by an Israeli strike on Friday, in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 people. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A child sleeps in a woman's arms after arriving on a military plane from Gaza, at the Romanian Air Force Base 90, outside Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 14, 2014. A group of 84 people from mixed Romanian-Palestinian families fled the conflict area and were flown out of the Gaza strip at their request by the Romanian authorities. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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