The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip jumped to more than 500 on Monday, as the United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed, took a direct role in efforts to secure a ceasefire.
But Israel's losses also mounted. Following the death of 13 soldiers on Sunday, Israel said seven more troops had died on Monday, including four killed when a group of militants tunneled across the border from Gaza and fired at their jeep.
In the photo above, an Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip on Monday.
First published July 21 2014, 6:28 PM