Kerry ready to fly to Middle East ‘tomorrow’

US Secretary of State John Kerry warns of the “great risks” that the violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip could spiral out of control.

“There are great risks of even an escalation of the violence,” Kerry tells reporters in Vienna, adding that the United States wants to give an Egyptian ceasefire initiative time to work, but that he is ready to fly back to Middle East “tomorrow” if needed.

Kerry was scheduled to visit Cairo on Tuesday, but canceled the trip earlier in the day.

He also says he will seek to extend nuclear talks with Iran, scheduled to end on July 20.

— AP, AFP and Times of Israel staff