US Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Cairo to facilitate the formulation of a peace plan between Israel and Gaza. The two countries have been locked in spontaneous skirmishes, the bloodiest being on Sunday, claiming 120 Palestinian lives, majority of which were civilians.
Israel attacked Gaza with a combination of aerial, sea and land bombardment. Israeli troops have also advanced into eastern Gaza and are fighting with Hamas militants on the ground.
International pressure for a ceasefire had increased. According to the United Nations, the conflict is deteriorating into a humanitarian crisis as bombardment had hit electricity and water lines in Gaza. Sixty-one schools have opened to provide shelter for 81,000 refugees fleeing from destroyed homes and combat-ridden areas.
Jen Psaki, Department Spokeswoman for the United States, had said that the US and its international partners are growing “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation of the conflict.”
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said the operations will still continue and the Hamas are using civilians as “human shields”. The Israeli campaign only aims to stop the Gaza rocket fire, which continues to bombard parts of Israel. The truce introduced by Egypt continue to be refused by the Hamas, who had escalated their own attacks against Israel.