Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508

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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)
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)
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)
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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.

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