Death toll climbs in Gaza as world leaders in Paris push for peace
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:33
A 12-hour humanitarian truce allows Gazans to dig up more dead while world leaders gather in Paris to push for an extension of the ceasefire. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Looking down on ruins, faces of despair show little hope.
A 12-hour truce gives these Gazans a chance to come home.
What they're finding is more death.
As the Palestinian death toll passes 1,000, far away in Paris, world leaders are scrambling for a longer-term solution.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is spearheading the efforts.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING:
"Each side has powerful feelings about the history and why they're where they are, and what we are going to work at and is how do we break through that so the needs are met and we have the ability to provide security for Israel and a future economic and social and otherwise development for the Palestinians. That's what this is about."
More progress came Saturday in a 4-hour truce extension agreed to by Israel.
Back on the ground in Gaza, uncertainty fills the air, like the smoke billowing from flattened homes.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BEIT HANOUN RESIDENT, IBRAHIM ABUODAH, SAYING:
"Human are dead, houses are damaged, the trees are dead and the livestock is dead as well. They destroyed the land, trees, everything. They totally destroyed it."
It's unclear if Hamas will agree to the extension, leaving residents a chance to flee before it's too late.
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