US tells Israel it's willing to negotiate ceasefire

President Obama has told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US is willing to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Associated Press reported.


Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza as air strikes continue

Israel has launched a ground offensive in Gaza with residents reporting heavy shelling in the area. Palestinian health officials say 27 Palestinians, including a baby, two children and a 70-year-old woman, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces into the densely-populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians.