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Thousands of Israeli troops have been massed near the border with Gaza for days (Source: CNN) Thousands of Israeli troops have been massed near the border with Gaza for days (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The conflict between Israel and Hamas is intensifying after hopes of a cease-fire faded.

A leading member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas says he's not opposed to peace, but insists there needs to be more compromise.

"We hope we can achieve a cease-fire. But a cease-fire which can protect the Palestinians and guarantee that there will be no violations. A cease-fire which can hold for a long time protecting the Palestinians and give them the chance to live a real life without being attacked by the Israelis every time,” said Osama Hamdan, a Hamas spokesman.

The Israelis, who accepted a cease-fire proposal by Egypt, defend their decision to strike back against Hamas.

"Instead of having this door open to a diplomatic solution, they closed the door. We now have to unfortunately protect our people through military means,” said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Israeli Defense Forces are now taking to Twitter, once again warning Palestinians to leave their homes in Gaza for their own safety.

The casualty count there is climbing according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Nearly 200 people are dead - greater than the number of people killed during the 2012 conflict.

And the injured has already reached 1,400, many of them civilians.

The first death of an Israeli was reported Tuesday.

A man was killed after being hit by a mortar shell.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's open to traveling to the region.

A move intended to offer some stability to a situation that's quickly unraveling.

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