Live blog: Gaza under attack
"US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the "great risks" that the violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip could spiral out of control", reports AFP
"There are great risks of even an escalation of the violence," Kerry told reporters in Vienna, adding that the United States wanted to give an Egyptian ceasefire initiative time to work, but he was ready to fly back to Middle East "tomorrow" if needed.
Pictures from a solidarity protest for Gaza in held in Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm:
Alice Panepinto is a UN Fellow (Human Rights) in Jerusalem and a PhD Candidate at Durham Law School and told MEE:
"The escalating Israeli aggression towards Gaza, which has so far caused 1,361 injuries and 178 deaths - including 138 civilians of which 36 children - (source: UN-OCHA), calls into question whether international law is of any use in protecting civilians and non-combatants in the area. Will the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Convention respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, acceded to in April 2014, assist the Palestinians of Gaza? And are the recently ratified human rights instruments relevant? The answer rests in the ability of the international community to hold Israel accountable for any unnecessary and disproportionate military actions."