WASHINGTON, July 20 U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry will travel to Cairo on Monday for meetings with Egyptian
and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza where
fighting between Israel and the Islamist Hamas group has cost
more than 400 lives, the State Department said on Sunday.
"The United States - and our international partners- are
deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the
loss of more innocent life," State Department spokeswoman Jen
Psaki said in a statement. "We believe there should be a
ceasefire as soon as possible - one that restores the
cease-fire reached in November of 2012."
The statement added that Kerry "is working to support
Egypt's initiative to pursue that outcome, and will travel to
the region as part of those efforts."
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)