As casualties climb in fighting between Israel and Gazan militants, diplomats are working on negotiating a ceasefire. An estimated 30 Palestinians were killed Sunday in Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip, as Palestinian militants continued fire into Israel. In six days of fighting, up to 94 Palestinians have been killed, including 20 children, and at least 600 have been injured. Additionally, three Israelis have been killed in rocket fire and an estimated 79 wounded. The Israeli military reported that since last Wednesday 544 rockets have hit Israel and 302 have been intercepted by Iron Dome Missile Defense System. Israeli airstrikes have targeted Hamas owned buildings and homes, weapons storage facilities, and police stations. Israel has deployed thousands of troops to the Gaza border and called 75,000 reservists, and international officials are trying to prevent what would likely be an incredibly costly ground invasion. An Israeli envoy traveled to Egypt on Sunday and met with Egyptian security officials, while leaders of Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, and Hamas met for indirect talks about a ceasefire. Hamas is calling for the end to Israel's five-year embargo on the Gaza Strip and Israel is looking for a permanent end to rocket fire.
Israeli troops fired into Syria late Saturday night responding to fire in the disputed Israeli held Golan Heights. The gunfire reportedly hit an army vehicle, but caused no injuries. A spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces said Israeli artillery fire hit a target across the Syrian border, but did not provide further details. Israeli Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said there may have been casualties in the Syrian Army, but that could not be confirmed. Several shells have reportedly hit Israeli territory in recent weeks causing damage but no casualties. Violent clashes continued across Syria over the weekend with an estimated 108 people killed on Saturday. Fighting was reported in the suburbs of Damascus as well as Aleppo, where opposition fighters are working to overtake a Syrian army base, Base 46. Additionally, opposition forces reportedly seized the Hamdan airport on Saturday in Deir el-Zour. Meanwhile on Sunday, senior Syrian officials spoke out against the recent recognition by foreign governments of the new National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces accusing France, Turkey, and Qatar of supporting "terrorism."
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