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Kerry offers Gaza aid as truce diplomacy steps up

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes statements to the press in Cairo July 21, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pledged $47 million in humanitarian aid for the battered Gaza Strip as he flew to the region to intensify efforts for an immediate truce. Kerry, who has voiced willingness to tour the region as long as needed, started his mission in Cairo where he met visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The top US diplomat defended ally Israel’s right to strike against Hamas militants who have been raining rockets from the Gaza Strip. “We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself,” Kerry told reporters as he met Ban.

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