The Pulse: Conflict in Middle East Escalates

Conflict in the Middle East continues, as leaders try to push Israel and Hamas toward a cease-fire. This is Monday's edition of "The Pulse."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not ruling out a trip to the Middle East to help arrange a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. The visit could come as air strikes continue to claim lives and leave hundreds others wounded. Meanwhile, Israeli leaders are slamming Hamas for its role in the conflict.
"Hamas is using the residents of Gaza as a human shield, and is bringing a catastrophe on the citizens of Gaza," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "Therefore, the responsibility of every strike against citizens of Gaza, which we are sorry for, the responsibility is on Hamas and their partners alone."
At least 17,000 Palestinians are seeking shelter in the southern part of Gaza City. Others stayed behind with no place to go. People caught in the crossfire are left waiting for any progress that could end the bloodshed.

The U.S. Army sergeant held for five years by militants has completed therapy and counseling. A source tells CNN that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could have returned to "regular duty" by Monday. The source says Bergdahl could be assigned to Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in Afghanistan two months ago in a prisoner swap with the U.S. Since then, he's been undergoing re-integration treatment at an Army hospital in San Antonio. There have also been many questions surrounding how he became captured in the first place.

The group that kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria is ridiculing a campaign to bring them home. In a new video released by Boko Haram, the group's leader mocks #BringBackOurGirls, He demands that the government release imprisoned members of their group. Today is the three-month anniversary of the kidnapping.

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