Gaza conflict deaths pass 800

EFFORTS to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement are intensifying as the death toll in the 18-day conflict continues to climb.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Cairo meeting Egypt's foreign minister and the UN secretary general.

Gaza faced more Israeli shelling and air strikes overnight, while Israeli towns raised the alarm over Hamas rockets on Friday morning.

More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 35 Israelis.

Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians, while 33 of Israel's dead have been soldiers - the latest on Friday during an operation in northern Gaza, Israel's military said.

One Thai worker has also died in Israel.

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