Seven Israeli soldiers died in Gaza Monday (July 21) raising the Israeli death toll to 27 killed in the conflict since early July. The number of Palestinians however remains much higher, at 566 killed, and rising.
This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $47 million in U.S. funds to aid tens of thousands of Palestinians pushed out of their homes since the latest war broke out two weeks ago. Kerry flew to Cairo this morning in attempts to bring about a peace treaty between Hamas militiants and Israeli soldiers.
From the New York Times:
Four Israeli soldiers and 10 Palestinian militants were killed inside Israeli territory Monday morning, Israeli military officials said, after gunmen from the Gaza Strip managed to infiltrate through two more of the tunnels that Israel says its ground operation is targeting.
As diplomatic pressure for a cease-fire mounted on the conflict’s 14th day, the Palestinian death toll topped 500 and the number of Israeli soldiers killed hit 25, more than twice as many as in Israel’s last Gaza ground operation in 2009. Two Israeli civilians have also died from rocket and mortar fire.
The military provided few details about the incursions into Israel, outside Gaza’s northeast corner, saying only that “two terror squads were detected.” An airstrike targeted one group of militants, the statement said, and “soldiers who were called to the scene” engaged the other.
The military released video footage showing several masked gunmen in bushes that it said were about a half-mile from the Israeli border town of Sderot, and an explosion that targeted them as they retreated back into the tunnel. Three other Israeli soldiers were killed in battles inside Gaza on Monday.
Social media and the Web have helped in bringing an even more brutal view of the battle. Sometime today a cell video of a civilian shot to death by a sniper was posted online.
See the graphic video below, and photos from the scene in the gallery. Please be warned that some of the images are very graphic.