Palestinian death toll exceeds 600, as diplomacy continuesUpdated: 2014-07-23 07:52:28 KST
Meanwhile the race for a cease-fire continues as the Palestinian death toll grew to more than 6-hundred-20 in the two-week conflict.
Gaza health officials say nearly 100 children are among the dead. Two Israeli civilians were also reported killed by Tuesday's Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with the Palestinian prime minister in Ramallah after urging Israel to exercise restraint in his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks late into the night with the Egyptian foreign minister Tuesday.
In a press conference he called the Egyptian initiative the "framework to end the violence" and that he hoped to get to peace as soon as possible "for the sake of thousands of innocent families whose lives have been shaken and destroyed by this conflict."
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