Kerry plays down claims of Israeli truce rejection

US Secretary of State John Kerry has played down claims Israel's security cabinet has rejected a truce in Gaza, saying a formal proposal had not been put to the body.

Mr Kerry said the cabinet may instead have rejected some "language" of plans towards a truce agreement.

Speaking from Cairo, he said negotiators were making "serious progress" on a truce but had more work to do as he called for fresh focus on the opening of key crossings into the Gaza Strip.