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Gaza death toll hits 687; three more Israeli soldiers die

Source: Reuters - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:05 AM
Author: Reuters
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An Israeli soldier launches a drone near the Gaza border.

Israel says three of its soldiers were killed Wednesday, putting the military death toll at 32. Three Israeli civilians were also killed in rocket attacks out of Gaza.

With fighting raging in Gaza, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said there was "a strong possibility" that Israel was committing war crimes in Gaza. So far at least 687 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

Israel denies any wrongdoing.

More than 4,000 Palestinians including women and children have been injured since the beginning of the offensive.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) INJURED MAN, AHMED ADAWI, SAYING:

"God protect us. We are dying and no-one is checking on us. The world please protect us, please stop this aggression."

Israelis gather at the Western Wall for prayer.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM RESIDENT BRIAN THOR, WHOSE SON IS A SOLDIER IN THE ISRAELI ARMY, SAYING:

"I know that everyone here is davening for our soldiers because it's not just my son it's everyone's son. It's not just our brother but everyone's brother. And that's how we are supposed to feel, for every Jew - that's our brother."

With grief on all sides, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress.

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