Kerry: US still hopeful for Gaza ceasefire

New Delhi - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he remained hopeful for a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict but declined to predict when.

Kerry, on a visit to India, said he had remained in close contact on the telephone with players in the Middle East to try to end the Israel-Hamas conflict.

"The United States remains hopeful that it is achievable, and the sooner the better," Kerry said of a ceasefire.

"There is no promise in that, but I think everybody would feel better if there was a bona fide effort," Kerry told a joint news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

Kerry has focused much of his tenure on crises in the Middle East, and returned to Washington just Sunday from a gruelling, unsuccessful mission to end the Gaza conflict.

Israel said Thursday it would not pull troops from Gaza until they finish destroying a network of cross-border tunnels, despite sharp United Nations criticism over the Palestinian civilian death toll.

Washington said on Thursday it had agreed to restock Israel's dwindling ammunition supplies, despite increasing international concern over the death toll in Gaza, where 1 395 people have been killed in 24 days of violence.

UN figures indicate two-thirds of the victims were civilians. Of the civilian dead, nearly half were women and children.

Enig Ma 2014-07-31 07:12:09 PM
Too late for a truce, time for peace.
All Nasir 2014-07-31 07:16:36 PM
After an on-site assignment for the BBC, Jeremy Bowen wrote in his Gaza notebook: "I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields... I defy anyone with an ounce of human feeling not to feel the same after ten minutes in Gaza's Shifa Hospital with wounded and dying civilians. In the mortuary, it's so overcrowded that the bodies of two children are crammed on to a single shelf. One day, they had only found enough of the remains of six women and children to fill a single stretcher." (New Statesman, July 22, 2014)
Makhulu Zulu 2014-07-31 07:27:53 PM
USA supplied more ammo and are hopeful of a ceasefire. 1346 Palestinians killed. 75% civilians. Plain down murderers and terrorists you Americans and Israelis.
Dayaan Deskay 2014-07-31 09:36:23 PM
Jehovah Yahweh is a vengeful God and will exact revenge on the Israeli Terrorist Force for the genocide they committing
Noor Bhai 2014-07-31 09:48:32 PM
Geneva - The United Nations' senior human rights official said on Thursday she believed Israel was deliberately defying international law in its military offensive in Gaza and that world powers should hold it accountable for possible war crimes
Abdulx Rauf 2014-07-31 10:48:31 PM
kerry why hasnt the usa placed sanctions on israel
Mark Russell 2014-08-01 03:53:57 AM
Ja right! Arming the Israelis while condemning their use of the weapons and ammunition. That's the way to peace!