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#Hamas armed wing: no truce if siege continues

The Qassam BrigadesThe leader of the military wing of Hamas has said there will be no truce in Gaza unless Israel lifts its siege, in comments broadcast hours after an attempt at a 24-hour ceasefire stalled with disagreements.

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Dozens dead in Israel's #Gaza bombardment

Israel's military has struck numerous targets in the Gaza Strip after Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian territory.

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Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day

Gaza's sole powerAt least 100 Gazans have been killed in Israeli bombardment on Tuesday, Gaza officials have said, hours after shells hit the enclave's only power station.

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Truce hopes fade as #Gaza pummelled again

GazaBloodshed in and around Gaza has surged with a strike killing seven Palestinian children and a heavy overnight bombardment from Israel shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence.

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John Kerry takes flak over #Gaza ceasefire bid

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a ceasefire in Gaza have made him and the White House the subject of blunt criticism within Israel, adding tension to an already strained diplomatic relationship.

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Syrian army retakes gas field from fighters

The Syrian army has recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by fighters from Islamic State earlier this month, according to state media and opposition activists.

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Deaths reported in Iraqi army raid

An Iraqi government raid on targets of armed groups in a town southwest of Baghdad has killed 17 people, including at least three civilians, according to medical and tribal sources.

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Children killed in #Gaza playground shelling

Gaza refugee camp playgroundMissiles have struck several sites in Gaza, including a park inside a refugee camp and an outpatient building of the strip's largest hospital, disrupting a relative lull at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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Assad in Eid appearance as violence rages

Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad has made his first appearance in public after being sworn in as Syria's president for a third term, attending prayers at a Damascus mosque to mark the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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UN Security Council calls for #Gaza ceasefire

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the sides in the Gaza conflict have "expressed serious interest" in his request for a further 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire as the UN Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire" in the war during an emergency meeting.

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