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Syrian rebels pressed on
2014.07.30 01:42:32

Syrian rebels pressed on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military airport, a rebel commander and a monitor said Tuesday.

"The rebels are now nine km away from Hama military airport, which they want to put out of action," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The regime has suffered several defeats in Hama province in recent days," he added.

[AFP]



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Israeli death toll
2014.07.30 01:39:19

The Israeli army has confirmed that five of its soldiers were killed overnight, bringing the total Israeli death toll to 55.



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Israeli criticism of John Kerry
2014.07.30 01:26:36

The Obama Administration is pushing back against Israeli criticism of John Kerry. He has been accused of favoring Hamas in the latest ceasefire negotiations.



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Mom, enough fireworks already
2014.07.30 01:14:42

Mom, enough fireworks already

Some very moving tweets tonight. A reminder of the two main hashtags to follow:

- #Gaza

- #Gazaunderattack

On phone with friend in Gaza, she's cracking jokes, trying to keep her kids from being scared. One says, "mom, enough fireworks already."



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Al Aqsa TV station hit by an Israeli Missile
2014.07.29 08:29:51

Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV station has been hit by an Israeli Missile in the Al Nasr neighborhood of Gaza.



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Ismail Haniya's home targeted by Israeli
2014.07.29 08:28:40

Hamas PM Ismail Haniya's home was targeted by Israeli bombardment. There is no reports of death or injury to the occupants.



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Escalation of Israel's Gaza operation
2014.07.29 08:27:36

Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis on Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. [AP]



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Demilitarize Gaza
2014.07.29 08:26:16

Analysing Israeli PM's announcement that he wants to demilitarize Gaza, Mark Kimmitt, military analyst and former assistant secretary for US President George W Bush, said:

"I don't think it is achievable at all. I think we understand that even if you destroy all the tunnels today, within two or three weeks more tunnels will be dug, more weapons will be brought in and the capacity of Gaza and Hamas to conduct military operations within a year or two would be back to where it is."



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Egypt condemned Israel
2014.07.29 08:24:39

Egypt on Monday condemned Israel for using what it said was "excessive force" against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

It also urged Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that dominates the Gaza Strip, to abide by the "humanitarian truce" proposed by Cairo and backed by the United Nations to end the 21-day conflict.

The foreign ministry said in a statement:

Egypt condemns the excessive use of force from the Israeli side against civilians" in the coastal enclave.

It particularly condemned strikes on a hospital and a beachfront refugee camp in Gaza city, but did not blame either the Israeli military or Hamas. [AFP]



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Brazilian President condemned Israel's offensive in Gaza as a 'massacre'
2014.07.29 08:23:20

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff condemned Israel's offensive in Gaza as a "massacre" on Monday, joining international calls for a halt to the bloodshed.

"What's happening in Gaza is dangerous. I don't think it's a genocide, but I think it's a massacre," Rousseff said at a forum organized by newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, endorsing the United Nations' call for an immediate ceasefire.

It's a humanitarian issue. This can't be done in such a small strip (of territory), with people who are in a situation of great insecurity, very threatened, with many women and children. We know that in a war like this, the ones who pay are the civilians.

She criticized the Israeli campaign as "disproportionate" - echoing a statement released by the Brazilian foreign ministry last week when it recalled its ambassador to Israel, a move that caused a row between the two countries.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded by calling Brazil a "diplomatic dwarf." [AFP]



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Kerry: Gaze ceasefire must lead to Hamas disarmament
2014.07.29 03:39:06

US Secretary of State John Kerry said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas.

Kerry said: "... any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza in a lasting and meaningful way must lead to the disarmament of Hamas and all terrorist groups."

[AFP]



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Israel denies hitting Gaza's main hospital
2014.07.29 03:38:11

Israel denies hitting Gaza's main hospital and a playground, where seven children were killed.

Read our latest here.



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Precursor to expanding the Israeli offensive
2014.07.29 03:36:58

In what seems like a precursor to expanding the Israeli offensive, the army just sent messages to residents of eastern Gaza neighborhoods—Shuja'iya, Zeitoun and East Jabaliya—telling them to evacuate their homes and move west.



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Mortar attack in the Eshkol region
2014.07.29 03:35:18

A spokesman for the Israeli army refused to comment on whether the four people killed in a mortar attack in the Eshkol region, along the Gaza border, were soldiers.

The army has been deployed heavily in the area since the Israeli offensive began earlier this month.



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Netanyahu will deliver a statement
2014.07.29 03:33:37

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a statement at 8pm local time (1700GMT), along with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and army chief Gen. Benny Gantz.



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Russia's actions in Ukraine
2014.07.29 03:32:39

EU diplomats has reached a preliminary deal on a list of people, including associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and firms to be subject asset freezes as part of tougher measures over Russia's actions in Ukraine, EU diplomats said.

The new list of names is expected to be published on Tuesday or Wednesday and is in addition to 87 people and 20 organizations already subject to EU sanctions.

[Reuters]



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Israeli airstrike kills seven children
2014.07.29 03:31:16

BREAKING: Israeli airstrike kills seven children on Gaza refugee camp. Strikes have also targeted Gaza's main hospital compound.



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Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
2014.07.29 03:30:18

The Ukrainian army has seized control of part of the vast crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the east of the country, pro-Russia rebels have said .

"The Ukrainians have taken over a part of the crash site," said Vladimir Antyufeev, self-styled first deputy prime minister of the "Donetsk People's Republic".

Ukraine's military said its troops are battling separatist fighters for control of a string of towns around the impact site and had "entered" the town of Shakhtarsk, some 10 kilometers (six miles) from the scene.

[AFP]



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Oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq
2014.07.29 03:29:16

The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern over reports that armed groups have seized oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq and warned that anyone caught trading in oil from the "terrorist groups" could face sanctions.

The 15-member council said in a statement that any trade in oil with Islamic State or Jabhat al-Nusra, would violate United Nations sanctions as both groups have been blacklisted.

The Russian-drafted statement "strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria and Iraq involving terrorist groups," and "emphasizes that such engagement constitutes financial support for terrorists and may lead to further sanctions listings."

[Reuters]



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Abbas to lead 'joint team' for Gaza truce talks
2014.07.29 02:59:30

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to head a team including Hamas for talks in Cairo on sealing a Gaza ceasefire between the Hamas and Israel, an official said Monday.

"Abbas is forming a Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives to meet Egyptian leaders and discuss a halt to Israel's aggression against Gaza," said the senior official in the West Bank city of Ramallah where the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority is based.

"The aim is to examine with Egyptian leaders how to meet Palestinian demands and put an end to the aggression and protect the Palestinians," said the source, declining to be named or to give a date for the mission.

[AFP]



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