Gaza Crisis: John Kerry Pushes For Cease-Fire, 'Too Much Bloodshed'

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Kerry in Egypt
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke during a joint news conference in Cairo July 22, 2014. (June 22)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Tuesday along with other international figures and delivered a joint statement announcing international cooperation to resolve the Gaza fighting between Hamas and Israel.

Kerry traveled to Cairo Monday to discuss concerns about the violence and “loss of more innocent life” in Gaza with senior officials from various international partners including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi.

During a joint press conference with Shoukry Tuesday, Kerry said the international community "is coming together ... because we've seen too much bloodshed on all sides.”

Kerry also implied his diplomatic effort in the Middle East may go on through the week, the Wall Street Journal reported. His visit may include side trips to Turkey or Qatar.

Both Egyptian and U.S.. government officials have agreed to the cease-fire plan and “reached a common vision,” said Shoukry, adding the plan has “broad and wide international support,” Journal said.

While the death toll in Gaza has now exceeded 600, Hamas previously rejected the cease-fire plan proposed by the Egyptian government and supported by the United States.

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