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Palestinian armed group al-Quds Brigades
2014.07.26 01:43:15

Palestinian armed group al-Quds Brigades confirms the killing of one of its leader, Salah Abo Hassanien, and his son.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israel's security cabinet
2014.07.26 01:42:09

Israel's secretive security cabinet is expected to meet later in the day to discuss truce proposals passed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the week, according to Israeli media.

Israeli paper Haaretz quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that Kerry drafted a new ceasefire proposal and presented it to both sides.

"International efforts to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip are approaching the critical point," the report read.

There was no official confirmation. Israel traditionally does not comment on security cabinet sessions or acknowledge that they take place.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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The clashes in the occupied West Bank
2014.07.26 01:32:16

The clashes in the occupied West Bank are a turning point in the current violence between Israel and Palestine.

"Today’s clashes in Jerusalem are especially important considering the proximity and contact between Palestinians and Israelis. It’s also where Israelis are most fragile."

"It remains to be seen whether this will lead to a full-fledged third uprising with major implications for the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas’s leadership considering he’s been stubbornly against any such escalation. Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, called for such popular movement in his speech yesterday from Qatar.

"If as expected confrontations continue to escalate tomorrow, including in Jerusalem around prayer time, we are in a totally new landscape of conflict.

"As Israelis also warn of 10 more days of operations in Gaza, the coming days promise yet more escalation with unpredictable ramifications.

"The spread of conformations would also complicate the ceasefire efforts in Gaza and even embarrass those trying to bring about a quick arrangement."

Tags: Gaza | Israel | West Bank

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Crash site continues to be hampered
2014.07.26 01:30:18

"There are still some lunatics taking cautions (actions) that it is very hard for us to get to the bodies, to get to the remains. You call it terrorists, to me it is criminals but it is very nearly the same."

Jan Tunder, head of Dutch Police Commission in Ukraine


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Protests in the occupied West Bank
2014.07.26 01:23:11

This is raw footage of the protests in the occupied West Bank, posted on Youtube by the Assosiated Press news agency. There are some scenes of injury. Again, most of the explosions you hear are fireworks.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | West Bank

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US says Russia firing artillery on Ukraine troops
2014.07.26 01:18:22

"They're firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military."

The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict.

Moscow is also planning to "deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. [AFP]

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States

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Israeli forces fired tear gas
2014.07.25 04:53:48

A man has been killed in the village of Qalandia - near the West Bank city of Ramallah - and more than 55 have been injured by Israeli security forces, according to Palestine TV.

Mohammed Al-Aaraj was killed after Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters near the Qalandia checkpoint, the state TV said.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Dutch children are telling the stories of Palestinian children
2014.07.25 04:21:33

In a new short film, eight Dutch children are telling the stories of eight Palestinian children killed during Israel's offensive in Gaza. The video, titled "We are no longer here, do you care?" shows the children in the situations where they were killed, such as playing on a beach, at a playground, or using Facebook.

The Palestinian children whose names are given in this video are Aahed Baker, Ismail Baker, Zakareyya Baker, Mohammed Baker, Ranim Abdul-Ghafoor, Anas Qandeel, Nour Al-Najdi and Sahir Abou Namous.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Flights resumed to Israel
2014.07.25 04:19:06

American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel on Thursday after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

However, some European airlines continued to suspend their flights, out of security concerns around Ben Gurion International Airport.

Officials in Washington lifted a formal ban on American flights to Israel late Wednesday, and flights by carriers Delta, United and US Airways, as well as Air Canada, were scheduled on Thursday.


Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Kerry will not stay in the Middle East
2014.07.25 04:17:41

US Secretary of State John Kerry will not stay in the Middle East indefinitely trying to broker a ceasefire to halt the Gaza conflict , a senior US official has said.

"Gaps remain between the parties, so his focus is on finding a formula that both sides can accept," said the senior US official, according to Reuters news agency.

"But he is not here for an indefinite amount of time and in the near future he will determine whether there is a willingness to come to an agreement on a ceasefire."


Tags: Gaza | Israel | United States | John Kerry

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Israel's Gaza offensive
2014.07.25 04:16:40

The US has urged greater effort to protect civilians in Israel's Gaza offensive as it voiced sadness over deaths at a UN school serving as a shelter.

"We are deeply saddened and concerned about the tragic incident," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Cairo where Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to negotiate a ceasefire.

"We again urge all parties to redouble their efforts to protect civilians."


Tags: Gaza | Israel | United States

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Attack on a UN-run school
2014.07.25 04:15:15

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has said he was "appalled" by an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that had killed women, children and UN staff.

"Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act," Ban said in a statement.

"Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as UN staff."

The Gaza health ministry said at least 15 people had been killed and some 200 wounded.


Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Resume flights to Tel Aviv
2014.07.25 04:13:53

British low cost carrier easyJet said it will resume flights to Tel Aviv as scheduled from July 25, Friday, after regulators lifted advice over flying into the Israeli airport.

easyJet said it would operate a flight from Tel Aviv to London on Thursday afternoon, before returning to its normal schedule, which includes connections between Tel Aviv and both London and Geneva, on Friday.

On Tuesday the US Federal Aviation Authority issued a ban on the country's carriers from flying to Tel Aviv after a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza fell close to Ben Gurion International Airport, with Europe's aviation regulator following suit with a recommendation not to fly there.

They both lifted their warnings on Thursday.


Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israel investigating the incident at the school
2014.07.25 04:12:45

Israel said its troops were engaged in combat in the area with Hamas gunmen and it was investigating the incident at the school, Reuters news agency said.

The Israeli military also said that their sensors detected rockets being fired from Gaza that might have fallen short and landed in Beit Hanoun and might have hit the UN school.  

This is of course a rapidly developing story and information is changing constantly. We'll have more as it breaks.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Hamas must agree to ceasefire without conditions
2014.07.25 04:11:09

Hamas must agree to a humanitarian ceasefire without conditions, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has said at news conference in Cairo on Thursday, as Egypt tries to mediate a truce between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Attack on the Beit Hanoun shelter
2014.07.25 04:09:44

Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, called the attack on the Beit Hanoun shelter "tragic and appalling".

"We gave the Israelis the precise GPS co-ordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter as fighting drew in. We were trying to co-ordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted."

He said he could neither confirm nor deny that Hamas fighters were near the building, but said Israel and Hamas "must respect the inviolability of UN premises, and humanitarian law".

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israeli shelling of UN school
2014.07.25 04:08:32

At least 15 people have been killed and 200 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in northern Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter, the Gaza health ministry says.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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UNRWA director in Gaza
2014.07.25 04:07:45

Robert Turner, the UNRWA director in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis about the attack on the school in Beit Hanoun.

He said they were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened.

"This is a designated emergency shelter,” he said.

“The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

He said he had no information that there was military activity around the school.

"This was an installation we were managing, that monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained.

“We always call on all parties to ensure that civilians are not harmed."

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos
2014.07.25 04:03:11

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed deep concern about the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, warning that it was "almost impossible" for Palestinians to shelter from Israeli airstrikes.

Speaking to BBC Radio, she said:

The reality in Gaza is, it doesn't matter how hard Israel tries to minimize harm, this is an extremely overcrowded stretch of land.

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Israel's military operation in Gaza
2014.07.25 04:01:40

Britain is "gravely concerned" by the high number of civilian casualties resulting from Israel's military operation in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

Speaking on his first official visit to the region since taking over as Britain's top diplomat, Hammond said London would do everything it could to help broker a quick end to the hostilities.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hammond expressed Britain's support for Israel's right to self-defense, acknowledging that the current fighting was caused by Hamas firing rockets "indiscriminately" at Israeli towns and cities.

"But we are gravely concerned by the ongoing heavy level of civilian causalities," he said as another 30 Palestinians were killed in ongoing fighting in Gaza, among them at least six children.


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