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Secretary of State John Kerry ignored a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in an effort to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip.


So far there is little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that’s left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians dead.

Kerry’s arrival in Israel came as Israeli troops fought with Hamas militants near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area.