US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in  Ramallah. Israeli forces pounded Gaza on Wednesday, meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists and sending thousands of residents fleeing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Israel ceasefire talks had made some progress. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Reuters

President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah proposes reworked ceasefire plan

Israeli police detain a protester during Monday’s protest by Israeli Arabs in Nazareth against the Gaza offensive. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Current violence put spotlight on Israel’s main minority, writes Ruadhan Mac Cormaic in Haifa

Israelis react after a rocket, fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern city of Ashkelon. Photograph: Reuters/Amir Cohen

In the closest Israeli city to Gaza, residents support the invasion

Palestinian men flee from a home in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

UN convenes emergency Security Council meeting to discuss crisis

Palestinians mourners pray over the lifeless bodies of nine Palestinians killed in an early morning Israeli missile strike, at Bilal mosque during their funeral in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Photograph: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Israeli ground offensive puts ordinary Gazans in front line of conflict

Israeli flares light up the sky in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza yesterday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo

Unable to sleep with the din of explosions, journalist Ruadhán Mac Cormaic sat and watched an extraordinary scene unfold

Palestinians inspect debris of a destroyed house following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

Paralysed patients are carried to safety after a 10-minute attack warning

A Palestinian family who fled their home  en route to seek shelter in a UN school in Khan Younis, central Gaza Strip. Photograph:  EPA

The longer diplomacy stalls, the higher the chances that Israel and Hamas will be drawn into a deadly, drawn-out war, with civilia(...)

The father  of two boys from the Shaibar family is overcome with grief – medics said his sons were killed along with a girl from the same extended family by an Israeli air strike yesterday. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly

The streets filled as people stocked up. But then explosions started up again

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