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Palestinian relatives comfort each other during the funerals of four boys killed on a beach by Israeli shelling (File/AFP)
13:55 GMT

The death toll in Gaza has risen to over 600 on day 15 of Israel's assault in the densely populated Strip, according to a health ministry spokesperson.

"There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio. [AFP]
12:08 GMT

Left-wing justice minister says IDF operation in Gaza is "unavoidable"; Kerry meets Egyptian leaders in Cairo in attempt to forge resolution to conflict between Israel, Hamas.

Israeli infantry soldiers patrol near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014. [AFP]
11:14 GMT

An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the Israeli regime as saying on Tuesday, two days after the Islamist Hamas group announced they had captured a soldier during clashes.

A cellphone captured the moment a Palestinian man lay on the rubble injured, prior to being shot dead by the IDF (Image: ISM)
08:59 GMT

A video of an Israeli sniper shooting, injuring then killing a civilian in the Gaza Strip has went viral as the Palestinian death toll continues to rise.

A Palestinian man looks at copies of the Koran as he inspects the rubble of a destroyed mosque following an overnight Israeli military strike, on July 22, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
08:24 GMT

Over a dozen Palestinians were killed overnight and early Tuesday as Israeli warplanes and artillery targeted Palestinian homes in Gaza, as the major offensive continued for a 15th day.

Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 21, 2014. [AFP]
07:07 GMT

Two IDF soldiers were killed on Monday in clashes with Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip, the IDF announced on Tuesday morning. The number of Israeli military fatalities since the start of the ground operation stands at 27.

A Palestinian man carrying UN-supplied aid. Up to 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
06:57 GMT

The United Nations sent 115 metric tonnes of aid comprising mattresses, blankets and hygiene kits from Dubai to Amman on Monday for onward distribution to families in Gaza displaced by Israel's military offensive.

 US president says efforts must be made to end fighting, "stop the deaths of innocent civilians." [AFP]
06:49 GMT

Amid rising death toll on both sides, US president says efforts must be made to end fighting, "stop the deaths of innocent civilians."

Palestinian medics from Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital react while body bags with the remain of ten children arrive on July 21, 2014 after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed 11 people, including five children. [AFP]
06:31 GMT

Israeli artillery shelling and airstrikes across the Gaza Strip killed 23 Palestinians over only two hours late Monday, bringing the day's death toll to over 100.

The UAE wants Al Jazeera to apologize for allegedly publishing fabricated news that the UAE´s foreign minister offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash has demanded that news network Al Jazeera apologize for publishing fabricated news that the UAE offered to pay for Israel´s offensive in Gaza.

July 21, 2014

An employee inspects the damage to the al-Aqsa hospital, shelled on July 21 (Mohammed Abed/ AFP).
18:30 GMT

The al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah was shelled killing 4 people, wounding 60 people, half of whom were medical staff, and damaging the intensive care unit.

Palestinians celebrate in Ramallah on July 21 after Hamas announced it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier (Abbas Momani/ AFP).
15:00 GMT

Hamas announced today that it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosser denies this while the Israel Defense Forces says the kidnapping "still cannot be ruled out".

Kerry made the comments before appearing on Fox News Sunday. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT

Candid remarks about Israel by Secretary of State John Kerry were caught on an open microphone before a television interview Sunday.

The U.S. State Department confirmed two American citizens fighting for the IDF were killed in Gaza (File/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Two American-Israelis were killed during the Jewish state's ground offensive in Gaza, bringing the IDF death toll up to 18.

A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on July 18, 2014. [AFP]
10:45 GMT

A heavy barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip set off sirens throughout Israel on Monday morning, including in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.