As the conflict in Gaza intensifies, so are diplomatic efforts to broker a truce there - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Cairo and President Obama has urged Hamas to accept the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement.
But, aides admit it will be a rough road ahead to reach a truce that works for both sides.
Secretary Kerry announced a humanitarian aid package worth 47 million U.S. dollars to assist the more than 100-thousand Palestinian refugees who fled homes to escape the violence in Gaza.
The Palestinian death toll has now well surpassed 500, a majority of them civilians.
In the latest string of attacks on Monday at least 5 people were killed and some 70 others wounded when Israeli tank shells struck a hospital in central Gaza.
The Israeli military said it was targeting a cache of anti-tank missiles nearby..