U.N. warns of 'dire' Gaza situation

Jul 24, 2014, 7:36 AM EDT
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 22: Israeli soldiers stand near their tank while smoke due to airstrikes and shelling rises from Gaza on July 22, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. As operation 'Protective Edge' goes into it's third week, the death toll continues to mount, including 27 Israeli soldiers and over 500 people in Gaza, the vast majority of whom are civilians. Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has expressed extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, describing a ceasefire as "vital". She said the conflict meant 44% of Gaza was a no-go area for Palestinians, and residents were running out of food. More than 710 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed in the past 16 days of fighting, officials say. Israel's ground operations and air strikes have continued, and more Hamas rockets have been fired into Israel.


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