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Death Tolls Rise for Both Sides in Israeli-Gaza Conflict

Image: An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip on July 21. NIR ELIAS / Reuters

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.

--Reuters