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The children of Gaza
2014.07.29 02:01:52

Channel 4's correspondent Jon Snow recounts the struggles that children are currently facing in Gaza. In an emotional appeal, he calls for an end to the violence that has so far killed many children.

We cannot let it go on. if our reporting is worth anything, if your preparedness to listen and watch and read is anything to go by, then together we can make a difference.

Tags: Israel | Gaza

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Security concerns
2014.07.29 01:59:22

Security concerns have prompted international investigators to abandon plans to visit the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet.

Ukrainian troops are battling to push them out from nearby towns.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Obama spoke with Netanyahu
2014.07.29 01:48:26

US President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza.

In a statement, the White House said Obama "made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement."

During the call, Obama "underscored the United States' strong condemnation of Hamas' rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself."

But the US head of state also "reiterated the United States' serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza," according to the White House. [AFP]

Tags: Gaza | Israel | United States | Barack Obama | Benjamin Netanyahu

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US stepped up pressure on Moscow
2014.07.29 01:45:30

The US stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.

The images, which came from the US Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. Officials said the images show heavy weapons fired between July 21 and July 26 - after the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that killed all 298 on-board.

The four-page memo is part of the Obama administration's push to hold Russia accountable for its activities in neighboring Ukraine, and the release could help to persuade the United States' European allies to apply harsher sanctions on Russia.

Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States

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Israeli conscientious objector
2014.07.28 04:19:24

An Israeli conscientious objector who was among 50 of his countrymen to sign a petition against Israel's military offensive in Gaza says opponents of the bombardment will continue to demonstrate, despite threats against protesters.

Itai Akin said on Sunday that he and others who staged a protest to support a peace activist jailed for refusing to serve in the Israeli army were threatened by Israelis who supported the offensive.

"It's scary right now in Israel. Yesterday we had a big demonstration against the massacre, Jewish and Palestinians demonstrating together. Afterwards we went to our homes ... an angry mob chased us to our homes," Akin said.

"We will not take part in this massacre, we will not take part in any massacre, we will not take part."

Akin said Israel "will never be safe when occupying another nation" and the only way to end the killings on both sides was to end the illegal occupation.

"Military oppression is not the answer, it is not going to give us any safety," he said.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Netanyahu accuses Hamas of violating ceasefire
2014.07.28 04:17:33

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it had itself called and vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza would continue.

"They are violating their own ceasefire. Under these circumstances, Israel will do what it must do to defend its people," Netanyahu told the news network CNN.

Earlier, Hamas agreed to halt firing from 1100 GMT in response to a request from the United Nations.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | Benjamin Netanyahu

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Destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous
2014.07.28 03:58:03

A top US Department of Defense intelligence official has warned that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

Flynn disparaged Hamas for exhausting finite resources and know-how to build tunnels that have helped them inflict record casualties on Israelis. Still, he suggested that destroying Hamas was not the answer.

"If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse," Flynn said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | United States

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Hamas fighters agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce
2014.07.28 03:56:25

Hamas fighters have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip that should start within the hour, the group's spokesman said.

"In response to the UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid, it has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm, starting from 2pm on Sunday," Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters.

There was no immediate word from Israel, which called off its own 24-hour truce earlier in the day claiming that fired a volley of rockets into southern and central Israel. Hamas rejected the claim.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Egypt's army destroy 13 tunnel
2014.07.28 03:54:40

Egypt's army has said that it destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking the overall number it has laid waste to 1,639.

Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising fighters since the removal of Mohamed Morsi, the former president , last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.

Hamas, the armed Palestinian group ruling Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.

Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8 to halt rocket fire, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying the network of tunnels. It accuses Hamas of using the tunnels to attacks on Israel.


Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas | Egypt

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Gaza residents experience during Israeli attacks
2014.07.28 03:49:42

Two Gaza residents tell what they have experienced during Israeli attacks:

Fatima Sa'ad: "The area where we live was bombed by Israeli forces. Our houses have become their targets. My children were injured and I brought them to the hospital. The doctor said my son shows signs of concussion."

Muamin Sabakhi: "Without giving any sign or warning, an Israeli F16 fighter suddenly fired missiles at our house, killing eight children on the spot. This is a massacre. They were killed innocently. Did they fire rockets at Israelis or do anything against the Israelis? What on earth did they do wrong?"


Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Israel resumed its operations on Sunday
2014.07.28 03:32:00

The latest Palestinian death toll in Gaza is reported by medical authorities in the enclave as 1,052.

Israel resumed its operations on Sunday after a ceasefire, citing "Hamas's incessant rocket fire" throughout the 24-hour truce.

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Lavrov and Kerry, in a phone conversation
2014.07.28 03:30:19

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a phone conversation, agreed on the importance of ensuring a swift ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, a foreign ministry statement in Moscow has said.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | United States | John Kerry | Sergey Lavrov

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Car bomb has exploded in the central city of Homs
2014.07.28 03:27:49

Syrian state-run media has said a car bomb has exploded in the central city of Homs, killing at least seven people.

State news agency SANA said the vehicle exploded on Sunday in the Arman neighborhood, and two rockets also were fired at the site after the bombing.


Tags: Syria

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IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity
2014.07.28 03:23:09

The Israeli army says: "Following Hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip."

Tags: Gaza | Israel | Hamas

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Dutch PM: Armed mission to crash site 'not realistic'
2014.07.28 03:21:50

The Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia have ruled out sending an international armed mission to secure the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 crashed, the Dutch prime minister said on Sunday.

"We concluded there was a real risk that an international mission would immediately be involved in the conflict in Ukraine," he said, adding that it was "not realistic" to attain military dominance over heavily armed separatists in an area so near the Russian border.

Forensic experts were prevented by heavy fighting on Sunday from getting access to the crash site to recover the remains of the airliner's 298 passengers.


Tags: Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands | Australia | Malaysia

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Barrel bombs on al-Shaar neighborhood
2014.07.28 03:20:23

Activists report that five people were killed and several others injured when regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on al-Shaar neighborhood in Aleppo.

Al-Shaar has been under the control of rebels for more than a year and has been subjected to aerial and ground bombardment continuously.

Tags: Syria

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Shelling and air strikes in different parts of Gaza
2014.07.28 03:04:50

In the early hours of Sunday, there was tank shelling and some air strikes in different parts of Gaza. One person was killed.

People are queuing up to withdraw money from banks and ATMs. The lull in fighting is also a chance for people to go to the market to buy goods, return to their houses to assess damage and to visit friends and relatives.

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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Rebels are not allowing monitors access
2014.07.28 03:03:36

Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin has said rebels are not allowing monitors to access the plane crash site, saying "their argument is fake".


Tags: Ukraine | Russia

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Islamic State group has seized an army position
2014.07.28 03:02:26

The Islamic State group has seized an army position in the northeast city of Hasakeh, amid a major escalation in its offensive against regime bases, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Just south of Hasakeh city, "IS jihadists took over the army Regiment 121 at Maylabiyeh, after fierce clashes with regime troops", said the Britain-based group, adding that the battle lasted three days.

On twitter, supporters of IS, which first emerged in Syria's war in spring 2013, celebrated the army position's "liberation" at the hands of the jihadists.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Israel has ended its humanitarian cease-fire
2014.07.28 02:53:45

An army spokesman says that Israel has "ended its humanitarian cease-fire [in Gaza] ... and resumed offensive operations from air, sea and land."

Tags: Gaza | Israel

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