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Ceasefire Talks In Cairo After Bloodiest Day In Israel-Gaza Conflict

HAARETZ (Israel), BBC (UK)


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire as the conflict between Israel and Gaza enters its sixth day with at least 10 Palestinians reported killed Monday morning by another round of Israeli air strikes.

Ban Ki-moon is expected in Cairo Monday to aid the diplomatic mission to broker a ceasefire between the warring factions. 

Monday in Gaza: Hassan Awada via Instagram

Egypt, which borders Gaza, is reportedly leading the ceasefire talks as Israel considers a ground offensive into Palestinian territory.

The BBC reports that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said that Egypt would never accept an Israeli ground invasion, and "neither will the free world."

Israeli daily Haaretz reports that an unnamed Israeli envoy has been sent to Cairo; however, spokespersons to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have refused to comment on the delegation.

The Israeli Defense Forces are reporting that Hamas rockets have hit a school in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, close to the Gaza's northern border. 

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continued their bombardment of Gaza Sunday evening, with the IDF announcing it had struck 80 targets in the Palestinian territory overnight.

At least 14 Palestinians were killed Sunday night, pushing the death toll up to 95 since the conflict began Wednesday. One-third of those killed were civilians uninvolved in the conflict.

Sunday was the bloodiest day of Operation "Pillar of Defense," as Israeli forces targeted more Hamas militants.

At least 11 Palestinian civilians, thought to be of the same family, were killed due to a technical error by Israeli forces attempting to target a Hamas official. Five women and four children are thought to be among those dead.

Israeli daily Haaretz reports that Palestinians fired at least 75 rockets into Israel on Sunday, with Israel's 'Iron Dome' shield intercepting around 40 of them.

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