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Israeli resumed the attacks on Gaza
2014.07.18 05:39:31

Gaza medical sources say that seven people have been killed including three children since the Israeli resumed the attacks on Gaza after the end of the five-hour cease-fire.  

The latest fatalities bring the death toll since Israel launched its military offensive to 237 Palestinians.



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Three Palestinian children killed
2014.07.18 05:38:27

Three Palestinian children have been killed in Israeli air strike over Gaza.



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'Systematic genocide' of the Palestinians
2014.07.18 05:31:08

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched his most bitter attack yet against Israel over its air campaign in the Gaza Strip, accusing it of seeking a "systematic genocide" of the Palestinians.

Erdogan has in the last days intensified his rhetoric against Israel as he presents himself as a leader of the entire Islamic world ahead of August 10 elections in Turkey.

But in his latest attack on Israel, he went even further in comments that could endanger attempts for a normalization in the troubled ties between Israel and Turkey.

"This is not the first time we have been confronted by such situations," Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars in Istanbul to mark the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Since (the creation of the state of Israel) in 1948 we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month.

"But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan."

“The Western world remains silent, so does the Islamic world. Because those who lost their lives are Palestinian, you can't hear their voices," Erdogan added.

Erdogan renewed his vehement criticism of the United Nations, which he accused of having no use as well as pursuing a hidden agenda.

Erdogan accused other Islamic countries of being indifferent to the fate of the Palestinians, a possible reference to Sunni Gulf Arab states with whom Ankara has prickly ties.

I am asking the Islamic world? Isn't your heart shattered? Forget about the West, If your family does not embrace you, would others do that?



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Explosive at Sofa border-crossing
2014.07.18 05:21:57

Qassam Brigades claim responsibility for detonating an explosive at Sofa border-crossing that reportedly injured several Israeli soldiers.



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UNRWA in the Gaza Strip
2014.07.18 05:20:59

The UN refugee agency operating in the Gaza Strip said it discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in Gaza.

UNRWA spokesperson, Chris Gunness, said his organization strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.

He said:

This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.



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United Nations World Food Program
2014.07.18 05:19:24

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has taken advantage of the five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation of violence, the organization said.

In a press release, the WFP said transported food stocks from its warehouses to distribute them to 85,000 people in the Gaza Strip and distributed food vouchers in areas where shops were functioning.



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UEFA is barring Israeli teams
2014.07.18 05:18:17

UEFA is barring Israeli teams from playing European matches at home while the fighting between Israel and Hamas continues.

The decision by UEFA's emergency panel will affect Israeli teams playing in the Champions League and Europa League.

Citing the "current security situation", UEFA says Israeli clubs must propose alternative venues in another country for home legs "until further notice".

Maccabi Tel Aviv had been due to host a qualifying game in the Champions League and Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League this month.

[AP]



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Death toll update
2014.07.18 05:06:53

The death toll in the 10-day Israeli offensive on Gaza gas claimed the lives of 232 Palestinians. At least 1700 people have been injured in the violence.

One Israeli has been killed during the conflict. He died of his wounds after a rocket launched by Hamas group fell in an area along the border with Gaza.

Click here to view the names of the dead.



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Air strike on Gaza after humanitarian truce
2014.07.18 05:04:57

Israel has launched its first air strike on Gaza after the end of the five-hour humanitarian truce. The strike hit the enclave's north at is 13:09 GMT



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Israel denied reports it was considering a wider ceasefire
2014.07.18 04:53:25

A five-hour humanitarian truce has ended in the Gaza Strip, as Israel denied reports it was considering a wider ceasefire proposed by Egypt.

The UN-brokered humanitarian truce ended at 12pm GMT on Thursday with two reported infractions - three mortar bombs landed in Israel while Israeli tank fire was reported in Rafah.

The truce ended amid reports by the Reuters news agency that Israel was considering an Egyptian proposal for a comprehensive Gaza ceasefire starting on Friday, but this was quickly denied by Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking to a group of diplomats, Lieberman said that "the reports of a ceasefire, are far from representing reality, I spoke with the prime minister, and as of now they are incorrect".



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Israeli official: 'There is an agreement for a ceasefire'
2014.07.18 04:51:55

Reuters quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying "There is an agreement for a ceasefire beginning tomorrow, I believe it is six in the morning "

The official said Israeli leaders approved a truce after an Israeli delegation held talks in Egypt.

There is no confirmation as to whether Hamas has agreed to the reported agreement.



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Ceasefire agreement accepted
2014.07.18 04:27:13

BREAKING: news in from Reuters that Israel says a ceasefire agreement for the conflict has been accepted and is due to start on Friday.

The last time a ceasefire was announced Hamas said it was not consulted about about it, and no Palestinian group in Gaza has responded to the reports yet.



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Clashes with Israeli police at Qalandia checkpoint
2014.07.18 04:25:48

Palestinian medical sources say several people have been wounded in clashes with Israeli police at Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jersualem.

Several Palestinian youth groups in the occupied West Bank have been protesting the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has killed 235 people.

One Israeli has also been killed in the conflict so far.



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Proposal for ceasefire
2014.07.18 04:10:53

Egypt's foreign minister has given an interview to the Associated Press, in which he says its proposal for ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian fighters is "gaining momentum".

Sameh Shukri added his country's plan was the only viable way to stop an "intolerable humanitarian situation" in Gaza.



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Fallujah's general hospital
2014.07.18 04:09:22

According to Fallujah's general hospital, 568 civilians have been killed in army shelling since military operations began early January of this year.

Another 1941 people were injured during the same period.



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Syria's Kurds have imposed compulsory military
2014.07.18 04:07:35

Syria's Kurds have imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by self-declared jihadists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said.

The move reflects fears among Syrian Kurds that the ongoing offensive by the Islamic State group in their region may potentially reverse gains made by their ethnic minority in the past three years.

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Footage of the Gaza tunnel raid
2014.07.18 03:53:36

The Israeli army has posted on Youtube infrared camera footage of the Gaza tunnel raid this morning. The video ends with the tunnel entrance being bombed.



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Indian workers caught up in fighting in Iraq
2014.07.18 03:49:44

Indian workers caught up in fighting in Iraq arrived home, as many others are still being held captive by fighters of the Islamic State group (IS).

About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since IS began its offensive.

Nearly 50 Indian nurses were abducted by fighters in Iraq have been brought home. In addition to the nurses, 40 Indian construction workers are still in captivity.

[Reuters]



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Russian jet shot down a Ukrainian SU-25
2014.07.18 03:47:55

A Russian jet has shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 attack plane that was on military operations over the east of Ukraine, where government forces are fighting to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.

The plane was brought down on Wednesday night by a rocket strike and the pilot safely ejected, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's national Defense and Security Council, said on Thursday.

[Reuters]



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Islamic State seized a gas field
2014.07.18 03:46:57

Fighters from the self-declared jihadist group, the Islamic State, have seized a gas field in the desert region of Palmyra, in the Syrian central province of Homs, a monitoring group and the governor of Homs said.

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