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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said hopes for a ceasefire in the Middle East are not being dismissed even as the fighting rages on.

Israel called up an additional 16,000 reservists. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the fighting will continue until all of the tunnels along the Israel-Gaza border are demolished.

"We have neutralized dozens of terrorist tunnels and we are determined to complete this mission, with or without a ceasefire, and therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) to complete this work," he said, through a translator.

Israel said most of the 32 tunnels discovered have now been destroyed.

Since the fighting began, more than 1,400 Palestinians have died and 59 Israelis, including three civilians.

The latest attack wounded 30 Palestinians after Israeli tank shells landed near another United Nations school in northern Gaza.

Palestinian ministers told a meeting at the U.N. that their people feel like they've been forgotten.

"They feel the international community is failing them they are not coming to put their weight on the line," said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations.

Far from Israel or Gaza, celebrities Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem signed an open letter denouncing Israel's incursion into Gaza and calling for an immediate ceasefire. After signing that open letter, which accused Israel of "state terrorism," Cruz backed off some and said "I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza."

Singer Selena Gomez tweeted a pro-Palestinian sentiment: "Pray for those families and babies today."

Comedian Joan Rivers responded to Gomez, asking if the 22-year-old even knows how to spell "Palestinian."

At a pro-Israel rally, actor Jon Voight -- Angelina Jolie's father -- said: "Every patriotic American Jew and non-Jew alike must show their outrage, that we will not tolerate propaganda and lies about Israel being the aggressors and suppressors of the Palestinians."

 

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