Despite moves towards a possible ceasefire the bloodshed in Gaza shows no sign of abating. Air and ground strikes were said to have left more than ten people dead, civilians and militants.The victims included two brothers aged 6 and 13, who were reportedly killed when an Israeli missile, aimed at Islamic Jihad fighters in the southern Gaza, missed its target. Between 650 and 700 Palestinians are now thought to have been killed in the conflict. Tanks have moved in closer on Khan Younis as the preparations for a further escalation continued. This may be avoided if a ceasefire is agreed. Israel and Hamas are still considering a plan put forward by Egypt and France. Hamas in Syria was quoted as saying it rejected the proposal. But that was later contradicted by senior Hamas figures in Gaza. Talks are underway to iron out the details. Western diplomats said they expected the negotiations to be difficult.