Palestinian Death Toll Tops 500 in Gaza Conflict

Gaza health officials say the death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has reached 501 following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign, The Associated Press reported. Following an emergency session late Sunday, the U.N. Security Council Sunday expressed "serious concern" about Gaza's rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting. Twenty Israelis also have died, including 13 soldiers killed in heavy fighting Sunday. Two of the soldiers were American: 24-year-old Max Steinberg of Woodland Hills, California, and 21-year-old Nissim Sean Carmeli of South Padre Island, Texas.

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