Funds offered to Palestinians
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wears headphones for translation during a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 21, 2014. Ban and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Cairo on Monday to try to end the deadliest conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in just over five years. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
The U.S. is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians there who have been forced from their homes since war broke out two weeks ago.
A State Department breakdown of the aid that was released Monday said nearly a third of the money — $15 million — will go to the United Nations' refugee mission in Gaza.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to discuss the aid with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a meeting late Monday in Cairo.
Kerry arrived in the Egyptian capital only hours earlier in a U.S. push to help broker a truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas that controls Gaza.
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