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Israel's security cabinet
2014.07.27 07:18:49

Israel's security cabinet has approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire until midnight local time (2100 GMT) on Sunday, government officials say.

Palestinian groups have not yet responded.



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Hamas rejects ceasefire extension
2014.07.27 04:26:12

BREAKING: Hamas official says group rejects Israel's proposed four-hour extension of Gaza war ceasefire - [AP]



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Rockets fired at Israel
2014.07.27 04:24:53

BREAKING: According to Israel army rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza after 12 hours of truce - AFP



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132 bodies found across the Gaza strip
2014.07.27 04:23:48

132 bodies found across the Gaza strip on Saturday taking the death toll to 1032 and the injured to 5900 - Gaza health ministry.



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Israeli police have banned an anti-war rally
2014.07.27 04:23:01

Israeli police have banned an anti-war rally scheduled for 8pm tonight in Tel Aviv, citing "security concerns" about large crowds gathering outside.



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Four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza
2014.07.27 04:22:12

BREAKING: Israel's security cabinet has reportedly approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, prolonging an initial 12-hour ceasefire until midnight.

Israel's Channel 10 said the extension had been approved less than two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to expire, and after US Secretary of State John Kerry and other international leaders called for a longer truce.

{AFP}



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Palestinian death toll reaches 1,000
2014.07.27 04:21:11

BREAKING: Palestinian death toll from Israeli Gaza offensive reaches 1,000 - Gaza Health Ministry official.

[Reuters]



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Ministers call for Gaza ceasefire extension
2014.07.27 04:20:06

Foreign ministers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"All of us call on the parties to extend the military ceasefire that is currently underway,"  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on Saturday after a gathering that included the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United States.

"All of us want to obtain, as quickly as possible, a durable, negotiated ceasefire that responds both to Israeli needs in terms of security and to Palestinian needs in terms of of the social economic development (of Gaza) and access to the territory of Gaza," Fabius added.

[Reuters]



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Death toll update
2014.07.27 04:18:26

At least 67 bodies have been recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in the 19-day Israeli offensive to at least 985 Palestinians, according to the health ministry in Gaza. More than 5,800 others have been reported injured.

Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel killed two Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker. The fighting also killed 34 Israeli soldiers. One more soldier has been reported missing, but is presumed dead, according to the Israeli army.



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Palestinian refugees
2014.07.27 04:17:36

Palestinian refugees from Israel's Gaza offensive emerged from shelters as a brief truce began on Saturday to find many neighborhoods destroyed and animals roaming the streets unattended.

The Kefarneh family trudged back to Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip along with other refugees sheltering in United Nations schools to see if their homes still stood.

Like many others, their was flattened into a twisted heap of concrete and flames still flickered from the rubble.

[AP]



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Talks in Paris
2014.07.27 04:16:38

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East began talks in Paris Saturday to press efforts for a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Kerry met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the European Union as a 12-hour "humanitarian" truce in Gaza entered into force.

[AFP]



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Aftermath of car bomb in the city of Azaz
2014.07.27 04:15:20

A video allegedly showing the aftermath of car bomb in the city of Azaz that killed at east five people.

MWC cannot independently verify the content of this video.



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The bodies of at least 76 Palestinians were recovered
2014.07.27 03:49:14

The bodies of at least 76 Palestinians were recovered from the rubble across the Gaza Strip in the first few hours of a 12-hour humanitarian truce Saturday, medics said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 76 bodies had been brought to hospitals in north, central and southern Gaza, as well as Gaza City, but that the toll was expected to rise further still.

[AFP]



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Syrian army (Regiment 121)
2014.07.27 03:48:18

Islamic state (IS) fighters have captured Syrian army(Regiment 121) in Al Hasakah Province North Eastern Syria according to activists and IS media.

IS took control of Regiment 121 after three days of fighting.

The Regiment lies ten kilometers south of al-Hasakah city.

There have been reports that IS started attacking al-Hasakah city after capturing Regiment 121.

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Turkey liftes ban on flights to Tel Aviv
2014.07.27 03:34:22

Turkey lifted a ban on flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport after a ceasefire was agreed between Israelis and Palestinians, the state's SHGM aviation authority said on Saturday.

"Taking into account the current ceasefire situation, the flight ban on Israel's Ben Gurion airport has been lifted, pending a subsequent announcement," it said via its Twitter account.



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Car bomb exploded in the border town of Azaz
2014.07.27 03:33:03

At least 5 people have been killed and others were injured after a car bomb exploded in the border town of Azaz close to Turkish border, Northern Aleppo countryside.

The car went off in a crowded market according to local activists.



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Gaza's ICRC
2014.07.27 03:16:39

An emergency medical worker was killed and three others wounded, one critically, when two ambulances from the Palestine Red Crescent Society came under attack in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, the ICRC said.

The attack took place on Friday, according to a statement by the ICRC.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attacks against medical personnel and ambulances which have occurred in Gaza over the past two weeks.

The ambulances were clearly marked with the red crescent emblem, according to the organization.

Targeting ambulances, hospitals and medical workers is a serious violation of the law of war... Palestinian Red Crescent volunteers are out there saving lives. This violence must stop.



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Putin and Abbott
2014.07.27 03:14:33

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have discussed how an international probe could be set up into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, in which 28 Australians were killed.

The two leaders held a telephone conversation "to exchange their views on aspects of organizing an independent and objective international inquiry", the Kremlin said in a statement.

They also stressed the need for compliance with a UN Security Council resolution calling for full access to the crash site and cooperation by all countries with the investigation.

[AFP]



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US suicide bomber from Florida
2014.07.27 03:13:18

Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a young US suicide bomber from Florida who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country.

Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, was believed to be the first American national to carry out such an attack in Syria's more than three-year-old war.

"I want to rest in the afterlife, not in this world... My heart is not at peace here. Hopefully it will be in heaven," Abu Hurayra says in broken Arabic in the 17-minute video posted on YouTube on Friday by Al-Nusra Front.

The footage, released via Al-Nusra's official channel Al-Manara Al-Baydaa, also shows Abu Hurayra saying: "I came to Syria without money to buy a rifle or a pouch.

"God gave me a rifle and a pouch and everything, and... (then) he gave me even more," says the bearded man in his early 20s.

The American fighter carried out a May 25 truck bomb attack on an army base in Jabal al-Arbaeen area of northwest Syria's Idlib province.

Six days later, the State Department confirmed that the US citizen, who traveled to Syria in 2013, had carried out a suicide attack.

[AFP]



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The bodies of another 35 Palestinians recovered
2014.07.27 02:58:43

The bodies of at least another 35 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza this morning, raising the death toll to over 900.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the bodies were retrieved in the three hours since the humanitarian truce came into effect. Thirteen bodies were recovered in Shejaiya in eastern Gaza City, 13 more in Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat in central Gaza, and nine in north Gaza.

[AFP]



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