The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent inquiry into Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, backing efforts by the Palestinians to hold the Israel up to international scrutiny.
Israel has bombarded the southeast of Gaza, killing more than a dozen people and forcing residents to flee, as the death toll since the fighting began in Gaza rose to above 655 and diplomats tried to find a solution to the conflict.
Major US, European and Canadian airlines have cancelled flights to and from Israel after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near its main international airport in Tel Aviv.
Israeli aircraft and tanks have hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza strip, including five mosques, a football stadium and the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, according to Palestinian police.
An Israeli soldier is missing in the Gaza Strip and presumed dead, local media quoted the Israeli military as saying, as Israeli airstrikes hit targets in the enclave and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting.
Israel has pummelled Gaza for a 14th day, raising the Palestinian death toll to more than 570, as ceasefire efforts continue in Doha and Cairo.
Kuwait has stripped five well-known opposition figures of their citizenship, including the owner of a newspaper and television station.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the Palestinian group, Hamas, to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal, to end the raging Gaza conflict that has already killed at least 607 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.
Gunshots have been fired into Al Jazeera’s bureau in the Gaza Strip amid an intensified bombardment campaign on the Palestinian enclave.
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