Hope for a cease-fire dims in the Middle East

Death toll keeps rising as fighting continues

(CNN) – More chaos and bloodshed in the Middle East, as calls for a cease-fire are ignored. Flares light the sky over Gaza city early Tuesday, as fighting rages on between Israeli forces and Hamas.

Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV reports a direct strike from an Israeli drone on Gaza’s al Shifa hospital Monday. At least two-people were injured in the strike, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

An Israel defense forces spokesman denies involvement in the strike. “That’s ridiculous, it’s outrageous, and there is nothing true about that.”

The IDF blames the damage to the hospital, and an incident at a nearby refugee camp, on a failed Hamas rocket attack.

According to the Health Ministry, at least 10-people were killed at the camp. “Israelis and Palestinians have the responsibility to stop the fighting now”

The UN Security Council echoed that appeal earlier, calling for an immediate humanitarian truce.

Israel’s UN Ambassador responded. “It’s very simple. If it’s going to be quiet in Israel, it’s going to be quiet in Gaza. The equation is simple.”

Secretary of State John Kerry says the US is continuing work on a humanitarian cease-fire, which could lead to a sustainable cease-fire. “It is important to try and build, to begin and to move to a process and that is what we are trying to achieve. That is the only way ultimately this conflict will be resolved.”

Israel’s foreign ministry says it is observing an unlimited humanitarian cease fire, which means Israeli soldiers will only fire on Gaza when fired upon directly and will only target where the fire is coming from.

“What we need is a political solution. Military solutions will not produce anything but extremism enlarging the cycle of violence, and counter-violence, and that’s the truth in this region.”

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