According to Egyptian officials, a top US diplomat is scheduled to visit the region, in a joint effort to end a week of deadly violence in Gaza. He comes with a warning from Washington against any Israeli ground invasion of the Strip, AFP reports via Ma’an.
‘Nobody wants to see a ground invasion because that would put more civilians at risk,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
According to AFP, it was the first time that the White House has specifically warned, in a public forum, against an Israeli invasion of Gaza.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is due arrive in Cairo on Tuesday, according to Egyptian state media, with Israeli press reports suggesting that he would also visit Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Neither Hamas nor Israel have indicated that they are ready to consider a ceasefire.
Hamas resistance has intensified rocket fire but, so far, no Israelis have been killed and only a handful have been seriously wounded.