Kerry says 'some progress' in Gaza truce efforts

An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from a position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on July 23, 2014Washington’s top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 714 Thursday and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears. The Islamist Hamas movement rejected any truce without the lifting of Israel’s eight-year blockade on Gaza. “We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices,” Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said. Hamas hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by many world airlines as a “great victory.”

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