Crunch time nears for Gaza talks as death toll passes 800

Jul 25, 2014, 7:22 AM EDT
Israeli soldiers prepare their Tanks in a deployment area on July 24, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel and Hamas-led Islamist fighters setting seemingly irreconcilable terms for a truce that mediators hope will begin by a Muslim festival next week, Kerry worked the phones from Egypt, while aides made clear his patience was limited.
Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800 [Reuters]
Gaza conflict deaths pass 800 as Kerry pushes ceasefire [BBC]