Kerry to travel to Egypt on Israel-Hamas ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to journalists after his visit in typhoon-hit city of Tacloban on December 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Mindanao Post Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to journalists after his visit in typhoon-hit city of Tacloban on December 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Mindanao Post Photo

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt on Monday to meet with officials on the situation in Gaza, the State Department said on Sunday.

Kerry is working to support Egypt’s initiative to pursue a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The Gaza Strip witnessed the bloodiest day on Sunday since Israel launched its offensive there nearly two weeks ago. Death toll passed 100 in a single day after Israeli artillery bombing on the most densely populated neighborhood of Sheja’eya in eastern Gaza city.

“The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life,” Psaki said.

The U.S. believes there should be a ceasefire as soon as possible — one that restores the ceasefire reached in November of 2012, the spokeswoman added. Xinhua

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