As the fighting in Gaza has intensified so have diplomatic efforts to end it. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has held talks with a high level EU delegation. Hamas officials were also due in Egypt for the group’s first entry into talks since the combat erupted.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting the region today for discussions with Israeli leaders. He had voiced his concerns about Israel’s actions in a meeting with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Paris earlier. There have been many calls for a ceasefire from the international community, but the UN Security Council has so far failed to agree on a strong statement on the conflict. The UN is most concerned about the worsening conditions inside Gaza. Israel said it is letting some aid into the Strip but has rejected talk of a humanitarian crisis.