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Secretary of State on mission to stop violence between Israel and Hamas
Secretary of State John Kerry's on a diplomatic mission to try to stop the violence between Israel and Hamas.
Large explosions could be heard and huge plumes of smoke filled the sky over Gaza City as Israeli forces continued to pound Hamas positions.
The death toll in Gaza is now more than 680.
Israel's stands at 35.
After his meetings this morning, Secretary Kerry reports that some progress has been made.
We're doing this for one simple reason. The people in the Palestinian territories, the people in Israel are all living under the threat or reality of immediate violence. This needs to end.
Kerry flew into Tel Aviv one day after the Federal Aviation Administration banned American carriers from flying into or out of Tel Aviv's airport for at least 24 hours.
Several U S airlines said they would suspend flights indefinitely.
Several large European airlines did the same.