As overnight air strikes in southern Gaza killed more than 30 members of two families in Khan Younis and Rafah the UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Sunday’s late-night UN Security Council session was convened at the request of Jordan, which is understood to have proposed a strongly worded draft resolution for consideration.
It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Cairo for talks on the crisis amid a mounting death toll.
More than 500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began 13 days ago, Gaza’s health ministry says.
Sunday (July 20) was the deadliest day since the start of Israel’s offensive, with 13 Israeli soldiers and more than 100 Palestinians killed.
Israel says it has killed at least 120 militants since Thursday night when it launched a ground offensive, the second phase of a military operation that began on 8 July.