Special prayers said in Israel as conflict continues

Special prayers were said last night in Israel as the conflict in Gaza continues to rage.

A Jewish worshipper takes part in a special prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City for the well-being of Israeli soldiers. Credit: Reuters

Fighting displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts to secure a truce between Israel and Hamas had made some progress.

Israel announced that three of its soldiers were killed by explosive devices lifting the army death toll to 32.

The number of Palestinians killed is thought to be around 650.

Flares light up the sky in Gaza where fighting is still raging after 16 days. Credit: Reuters