US President Obama condemned the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas militants "moments" after the agreed 72 hour ceasefire.
Speaking from Washington, he said if Hamas were serious about peace, the soldier needed to be released immediately, and without conditions.
He said the loss of civilian life that has occurred over the past three weeks was "heartbreaking" and a ceasefire would have protected those innocent Palestinians being killed.
There have been two days of quiet in Gaza. No rockets or missiles, no more destroyed houses, no more ambulance sirens screaming.
A three-year-old girl has been rescued from Gaza and brought to London for life-saving heart surgery.
A small team of NHS doctors and surgeons is travel to Gaza to set up facilities and establish how best to use specialists and equipment.