Gaza ground fight rages

Pushing cease-fire, Kerry cites progress

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:46 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Kerry is meeting with Ban, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel continues. (AP Photo/Pool)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip city as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end the fighting that has so far killed more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

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