|Death toll in Gaza mounts to 635
Four more Palestinians were killed early Wednesday in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, raising the death toll from Israeli military attacks to 635, medical sources said.
Health Ministry officials said two young men were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip town of Bei Lahiya, and a 17-year-old boy was killed by Israeli artillery fire in Khanyounis City, south of Gaza. A young Palestinian man died of wounds he sustained in an Israeli airstrike in Khanyonis.
At least, 635 Palestinians have been killed and over 4,000 others injured since Israel started to attack Gaza on July 8 in response to Palestinian rocket firing into its territory.
One Israeli civilian and 28 soldiers were also killed during the ongoing offensive.
Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed on phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the possibility to reach a ceasefire deal to end the bloody fighting in Gaza between Israel and militants of Islamic Hamas Movement.
Earlier on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who was on a visit to the West Bank Palestinian city of Ramallah and Israel, urged the warring sides to stop fighting and start talks on a ceasefire.
All regional and international efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza have failed so far. --Xinhua