Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. International efforts to finalise a truce in Gaza are being stepped up after a night of heavy Israeli air strikes and sporadic Hamas rocket attacks. Stay with us for the latest updates, incorporating reports from our correspondents on the ground, expert analysis, and your reaction from around the world, which you can send via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.
The Israel Defense Forces say that overnight, they targeted "dozens of terror infrastructure sites throughout the Gaza Strip". The targets included the Ministry of Internal Security which the IDF says "served as one of the main command and control centers for the Hamas terror organization".
0723 Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor
There should be no surprise that Israel has kept up its air strikes in Gaza despite the talks going on to achieve a truce. Israel has a twin track policy of doing both... Both sides have a stake in trying to get a truce going - they have made their points and if they continue with this things will get worse... But people absolutely don't know what is going to happen - it is the type of situation where you can't predict what is going to happen even an hour from now.
0725 Jon Donnison, BBC News, Gaza
More than 20 Palestinians were killed yesterday across Gaza including at least 3 children. There were more casualties here overnight. In Israel, one soldier and one civilian were killed yesterday. Gaza's streets this morning are again empty. People are trying to protect themselves at home and following the news on televsion. They're still waiting for something positive and concrete from Cairo.
This is a picture of the destroyed compound of the internal security ministry in Gaza that the IDF said (0721) it hit overnight.
Michael, in Rishon Lezion, Israel,
emails: If the Arab League does not sign up to the cease fire then we are just waiting for another round to happen. The world seems to forget that 20 countries are still officially at war with Israel and have not signed a cease fire.
As in virtually every modern conflict, there is intense debate on the legality of the actions of the two sides involved here. Guglielmo Verdirame, from the Department of War Studies at King's College London, gives his views of the the legal positions of Israel and Hamas to the BBC News website.
Paul Danahar, BBC News, Gaza
tweets: I don't know what huge building in front of me was. Now it's impossible to tell. It's just a mass of smoking concrete #Gaza
Haaretz reports that a short time ago, a rocket barrage was fired towards Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council. Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted three out of the five rockets fired toward Ashkelon and the Eshkol missiles fell in open ground, Haaretz says.
Israeli armoured personnel carriers wait in a staging area on the Gaza border, as talks continue to try to bring about a ceasefire.