Friday, 25 July 2014 - 16:04
Palestinian death toll in Gaza offensive nears 800, US calls for truce
Washington's top diplomat John Kerry pressed efforts to end bloodshed in Gaza, reaching out to allies of Hamas as the Islamist movement's war with Israel raged into a 17th day.
Fifteen people were killed yesterday when Israeli fire hit a UN shelter in Gaza, as the Palestinian toll in the 17-day conflict rose to 800.
Yesterday, US airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel, with other international airlines expected to follow suit.
The US national aviation agency had imposed the restriction on Tuesday after a rocket hit a house very close to the runways, in a move mirrored by Europe.