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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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Five-hour truce
2014.07.18 03:30:55

The five-hour truce between Palestinian fighters and Israel has started, with no reports so far of any violations.

The pause in fighting, agreed to by all parties, will allow UN aid teams in to Gaza.

The besieged territory is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, according to the organization, with basic infrastructure overwhelmed by both Israeli airstrikes and the flow of people fleeing areas targeted by them.

We'll keep you updated if we get anything new.



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Medical sources at Yarmouk hospital
2014.07.18 03:27:57

Medical sources at Yarmouk hospital in central Baghdad say that 12 unidentified bodies were brought to the morgue by policemen.

The bodies were discovered this morning in several neighborhoods across the capital.



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US sanctions will take Russia relations to a dead end - Putin
2014.07.18 03:26:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that US sanctions will take relations with Russia to a "dead end."

Speaking to reporters on a visit to Brazil, Putin said he needed to see the details of the sanctions to understand their full scope.

Washington has steadily escalated its financial sanctions on Russia over what it views as Moscow's interference in its neighbor Ukraine.

The US on Wednesday imposed its most wide-ranging sanctions yet on Russia's economy, including Gazprombank GZPRI.RTS and the Rosneft Oil Co ROSN.MM, and other major banks and energy and defense companies.

[Reuters]



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