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The search for a cease-fire as the death toll mounts
With hundreds dead and thousands more wounded in the war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, international efforts to press the pause button intensified as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region on July 21. He was there to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who are trying to come up with the right formula for a cease-fire. Regional powers Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and Iran are also in the fray, as is the European Union, which called on Hamas to disarm.