Israeli airstrikes kill one Hamas leader and his sons Friday morning as fierce ground combat continues. Meanwhile, burial rituals of Islamic culture continue in small hospital morgues in Gaza. (July 25)
Israel's security cabinet meets on Friday. A top Israeli official says ceasefire efforts and the possibility of expanding the Gaza offensive are both on the table. (July 25)
Palestinian protesters continued to clash with Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (July 24)
Israeli missile hits compound housing UN school in Gaza, killing at least 15 amid heavy fighting. No cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas in sight, despite international efforts. (July 24)
JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has not yet reached a deal between Israel and Hamas to call a 7-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza war but is continuing work.
Kerry's comments at a Friday evening press conference in Cairo came after days of shuttling between the Egyptian capital, Jerusalem and the West Bank trying to work out a week-long truce. Israeli media say Israel's Security Cabinet rejected the plan in its current form.
Kerry said a truce would provide seven days to work out further talks to address each side's demands. He said some "terminology" on a truce's framework still needed work.
"We don't yet have that final framework, but none of us are stopping," he said.