Ceasefire Over: Toll in Gaza Hits 87, 13 Israeli Troops

Deadliest day as ground offensive grinds on

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 20, 2014 11:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – This morning's two-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza was officially over at 8:30am Eastern, but in reality it didn't last an hour and the death toll continues to rise from the heavy shelling. The number getting attention is the 13 infantry soldiers that Israel is reporting were killed overnight, reports the AP, bringing total military casualties to 18. But the number of Palestinians killed in the nearly two-week-old conflict has soared to at least 425, and the BBC reports that 87 people were killed today alone. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blasted Israel's ground offensive, calling it a "massacre."

Palestinian medics carry a dead body found under the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from...
Palestinian medics carry a dead body found under the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of...   (Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian medics carry a wounded woman to an emergency room at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead and wounded in the...
Palestinian medics carry a wounded woman to an emergency room at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which they say has...   (Khalil Hamra)
Smoke leaps the air after an Israeli missile hit Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Smoke leaps the air after an Israeli missile hit Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014.   (Khalil Hamra)
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Palestinians identify bodies of people were killed in Israeli strikes, at the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli...
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Palestinians identify bodies of people were killed in Israeli strikes, at the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents...   (Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians who fled their homes from Shajaiyeh neighborhood, arrive to Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead and wounded in the streets, with ambulances...
Palestinians who fled their homes from Shajaiyeh neighborhood, arrive to Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say...   (Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man mourns over the body of his relative at the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead...
A Palestinian man mourns over the body of his relative at the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which...   (Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian wheels an elderly woman as they flee their homes in the Gaza's Shijaiyah neighborhood, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee, including a...
A Palestinian wheels an elderly woman as they flee their homes in the Gaza's Shijaiyah neighborhood, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday...   (Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian carry a dead body found under the rubbles of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli...
Palestinian carry a dead body found under the rubbles of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked...   (Hatem Moussa)
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile hit Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee.
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile hit Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its...   (Hatem Moussa)
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