Egypt calls for truce as Israel widens offensive

Jul 18, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 18: An Israeli tank moves positions near the Israeli-Gaza border on the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night the Israel operation 'Protective Edge' sent troops into Gaza, officially turning the offensive into a ground operation. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images
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Egypt is taking another stab at negotiating a ceasefire, renewing its calls for a truce between Israel and Hamas fighters in Gaza on Friday. The country’s foreign minister Sameh Shukri announced that he had increased his efforts to convince both sides to accept an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. The Egyptian move comes as Israel intensifies its ground offensive in Gaza. In the 10 days of fighting a total of 270 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and two Israelis have been killed.