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Death toll among Gaza Palestinians reaches 501 as diplomatic efforts step up to end conflict

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    Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour waits outside an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Jordan-drafted resolution obtained by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the high number of civilians killed in Gaza, including children, and it calls for an immediate cease-fire, "including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip." (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (The Associated Press)

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    Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City , northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 21, 2014. The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (The Associated Press)

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    Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour listens as Rwandan U.N. Ambassador Eugene Gasana speaks outside an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the worsening situation in Gaza at United Nations headquarters, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Jordan-drafted resolution obtained by The Associated Press expresses "grave concern" at the high number of civilians killed in Gaza, including children, and it calls for an immediate cease-fire, "including the withdrawal of Israeli occupying forces from the Gaza Strip." (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (The Associated Press)

Gaza health officials say the death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the coastal strip has reached 501 as the two sides count their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health ministry official, says rescue workers near the city of Khan Younis were digging out bodies from a home flattened in an Israeli air strike early Monday.

He says 20 bodies were found at the site and two people were pulled alive from the rubble overnight.

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.