From the sandy expanses of the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian families are fleeing their homes destroyed by airstrikes, but refuse to blame the Hamas rocket crews who draw Israeli fire.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed for Israel for talks with both Israel and Palestinian leaders.
The meeting on Syria with the slogan of "Violence No, Democracy Yes" concluded in Tehran on Monday with the participants calling for a ceasefire.
Israel bombed dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday and said that, while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire.
The UN Security Council held a meeting on Monday evening in a bid to bridge the gap among some member states on a proposed council statement on the recently escalated clashes between Israel and the Palestinian militants over Gaza, diplomats told Xinhua.
A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups might be reached Monday night or Tuesday, an Egyptian security source said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to support the Egyptian-led goal of an early cease-fire.
The ongoing Israeli warplanes airstrikes on various targets in the Gaza Strip has taken the life of 110 Palestinians since the start of the Israeli attack.
Thirteen Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Monday in the Gaza Strip, putting the death toll to 86 since the airstrikes enters the sixth day.
Israel's intensified bombardment on the Gaza Strip and a threat of ground assault have met with strong objections from the international community, including the West.
The United Nations Higher Refugees Council said Sunday in its weekly report that the number of Syrian refugees receiving aid in Lebanon has reached 122,000.
At least 74 Palestinians, both militants and civilians, have been killed in Gaza. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and more than 60 injured by Palestinian rockets. Israeli air strike kills 11 civilians in Gaza