Israel’s military announced Monday that seven officers and soldiers had been killed in the previous 24 hours, bringing to 20 the number of military fatalities in less than two days, as bloodshed in the latest military confrontation between Israel and Hamas escalated and international pressure for a cease-fire increased.

The number of dead increased on the Palestinian side, too, following two attempted infiltrations by Hamas militants into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip and a night of Israel attacks.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the death toll in the two-week-old conflict rose by more than 85 during the night and Monday to reach 560 during the day, with some 3,400 wounded. Many were killed in heavy Israeli shelling and airstrikes in southern Gaza, the ministry said. […]