Bloody Sunday on the Gaza strip

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Despite global calls for a truce, Gaza saw its bloodiest day of violence for both sides on Sunday (July 20).

According to wire reports, at least 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed on Sunday - with Hamas claiming that it had captured an Israeli soldier.

As checks for the missing soldier gets underway, armed forces continued to pound Palestinians neighbourhoods, especially Shejaia, where 62 Palestinian lives were killed in an hours-long Israeli assault.

Israel’s army said it had been targeting militants from Gaza’s dominant Hamas group, charging they fired rockets from Shejaia and building tunnels and command centres there. The army said it had warned civilians two days earlier to leave.

As residents streamed out of Shejaia, some on foot and others piling onto any form of transportation that they could find, emergency services in Palestian are facing a deluge of refugees. 

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency said that 81,000 displaced people had now taken refuge in 61 UNRWA shelters in Gaza.

The violence has renewed the push for a ceasefire to resolve the crisis.

A US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that US Secretary of State John Kerry will be travelling to Cairo today (July 21) to meet Egyptian officials amid concerns about escalating violence.

Source: Reuters

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