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Israel called up more reservists
2014.08.01 02:08:36

The Israeli government has threatened to destroy all cross-border tunnels regardless of any possible ceasefire.

Israel has also called up more reservists, and requested military resupplies from the United States.

Israel's Prime Minister held a meeting of his security cabinet - and made it clear he's determined that the offensive will continue.



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Ukraine's parliament
2014.08.01 02:07:24

Ukraine's parliament has voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, meaning he will remain at the helm of the strife-torn ex-Soviet state, AFP news agency reports.

Yatsenyuk dramatically announced his resignation last week in protest at the collapse of his ruling coalition, sparking fears of a political crisis.



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Government shelling on the rebel-held Damascus suburb
2014.08.01 02:06:25

At least 10 people have been reported killed in government shelling on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.

Activists say dozens of others were wounded. They posted the above footage which purports to show the shelling on the town.

MWC cannot independently verify the authenticity of the footage.



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Palestinian national footballer killed
2014.08.01 01:50:41

Ahed Zaqout, a former Palestinian national footballer, has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit his apartment in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said on Thursday.

"Palestine has lost one of its best players, he may have been the best midfielder we ever had," Gaza sports journalist Khaled Zaher told Reuters.

Neighbors and medics who rushed to Zaqout's apartment said he was killed on Wednesday while sleeping in his bed. The 49-year-old was not known to belong to any particular political entity and had never expressed clear political views.

The fair-haired midfielder captained the junior national side and turned out once for the full national team in 1994 in a friendly against a team of French stars that included Michel Platini.

More recently, Zaqout turned to coaching and hosted a sports show on national Palestinian television.

[Reuters]



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A guide on how to launch a BUK missile
2014.08.01 01:49:02

Apparently, you can find everything online. Including a guide on how to launch a BUK missile.

Reuters opinion editor writes:



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US appalled by Syria 'starve or surrender' tactics
2014.08.01 01:47:14

The United States unveiled $378 million in new humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, denouncing "appalling 'starve or surrender' tactics" by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"The regime is asphyxiating half a million Syrians in Aleppo by obstructing deliveries of food, water, and medicine," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kerry said:

Syrians all over the country are being butchered at the hands of a ruthless tyrant.

The regime was "dropping dozens of barrel bombs a day on the city and surrounding suburbs," he said.

[AFP]



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Israel's 'deliberate defiance' of international law
2014.08.01 01:44:33

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday slammed what she said was Israel's "deliberate defiance" of international law during the Gaza conflict.

Pillay lambasted the country's attacks on homes, schools, hospitals and United Nations facilities in Gaza.

"None of this appears to me to be accidental," she told reporters. "There appears to be deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel.



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Complete destruction of tunnels
2014.08.01 01:32:10

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was determined, regardless of ceasefire efforts, to complete the destruction of tunnels that Palestinian fighters have built under the Gaza-Israel border.

"We are determined to complete this mission with or without a ceasefire," Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv.

"I wont agree to any proposal that will not enable the Israeli military to complete this important task for the sake of Israel's security."

Major General Sami Turgeman, chief of Israeli forces in Gaza, said on Wednesday they were "but a few days away from destroying all the attack tunnels".

[Reuters]



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Israeli warplanes
2014.08.01 01:30:55

Palestinian al-Aqsa TV is reporting that one building housing its offices has come under attack by Israeli warplanes.

The TV channel, which has offices in three locations across Gaza, said all three sites had been attacked during the military assault on the Palestinian territory,



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White House' strong statements condemning Israeli strikes
2014.08.01 01:22:04

The White House is making increasingly strong statements condemning Israeli strikes that kill Palestinian civilians, including Wednesday's attack on the UN school.

But at the same time the Pentagon has confirmed they are resupplying the Israeli military, this while President Obama calls for an immediate ceasefire.



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Israel says it's 'a few days away' from completing tunnel hunt
2014.08.01 01:20:33

Israel has ordered its ground forces to focus on locating and destroying a warren of tunnels through which Hamas has menaced its southern towns and army bases.

Major General Sami Turgeman, chief of Israeli forces in Gaza, said on Wednesday they were "but a few days away from destroying all the attack tunnels".

The army said 32 of the secret passages had been found so far and half of them blown up.



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Palestinian Death toll
2014.07.31 10:06:20

Palestinian Death toll in Gaza:

The Gaza Health Ministry announced that the death toll in Gaza is now 1361 killed and more than 6780 were injured since the start of Israel’s Protective Edge offensive.

According to the Health Ministry:

Out of the killed

315  Children

166 Females

58 Elderly

Out of the injured

2307 Children

1529 Females

287 Elderly


According to the Israeli military, the Israeli death toll is as follows:

59 have been killed in Israel so far, including:

55 Israeli soldiers

1 Israeli soldier "killed in action whose burial site is unknown"

2 Israeli civilians

1 Thai citizen working in Israel was also killed.

The Palestinian Death toll OUTSIDE of Gaza of those killed in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli army/police in Jerusalem/West Bank:

13 Palestinians were killed and at least 577 have been injured. At least 388 of them have been injured from live ammunition, according to sources on the ground.



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EU imposes asset freeze, travel ban on Putin's Bank Rossiya cronies
2014.07.31 10:02:44

The European Union has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban against two close associates of President Vladimir Putin, also the leading shareholders in Bank Rossiya servicing senior Russian officials.

The EU's Official Journal listed on Wednesday eight people and three firms hit by an asset freeze and travel ban over the Ukraine crisis, including Yuriy Valentinovich Kovalchuk, chairman and leading shareholder of the bank, and Nicolay Terentievich Shamalov, second largest stakeholder in the institution considered the personal bank of senior Russian Federation officials. [AFP]



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Gaza: power plant destroyed
2014.07.31 10:01:44

Gaza: power plant destroyed, electricity and water supplies collapse



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US agrees to Israeli request for ammunition
2014.07.31 05:37:37

CNN reported Wednesday that the United States has agreed to an Israeli request for several types of ammunition as the ground battle in Gaza is entering its third week.

According to CNN, the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers. Those will come from a stockpile the United States keeps in Israel, which is worth more than $1 billion, officials said.

It’s not an emergency sale, a U.S. defense official told CNN.



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Bolivia declares Israel a 'terrorist state'
2014.07.31 05:35:45

Bolivia cancels its visa agreement with Israel to protest the military operation in Gaza, and declares Israel a "terrorist state," AFP reports.

The agreement has permitted Israel to visit Bolivia freely since 1972. "The attack on Gaza shows that Israel has no respect for life, or the principles of harmony and coexistence that guide the international community." Bolivia canceled its diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead. (Haaretz)



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Ban Ki-moon on Israel bombing UN school
2014.07.31 03:01:11

Ban Ki-moon on Israel bombing UN school sheltering civilians last night:

"Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children."



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Scores of casualties from the market bombing
2014.07.31 02:59:52

From Mohammed Omer, at Shifa hospital, which received scores of casualties from the market bombing this afternoon. Apology for the typo in Crescent.

Palestinian Red Cresent teams arrive every few minutes with new victims, one of the medics says most of those injured had lost body parts due to direct artillery shelling.

One of the survivors saida: "When rescue teams and ambulances arrived to the location, than Israeli tank shells continue to hit new locations, causing more victims".

Shifa hospital is unable to cope, while hundreds of people are at the gate of Al-Quds hospital in Tal al-Hawwa, just next to an UNRWA school which became shelter for people from Shujayea.



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US condemned the bombing of the UN school
2014.07.31 02:57:39

The US has condemned the bombing of the UN school this morning, but stopped short of blaming Israel. The UN is in no doubt, based on its investigations, that Israeli shells hit the school in Jabaliya, which was being used by 3,300 internal refugees.



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Next stages of the Israeli military operation
2014.07.31 02:56:30

According to Israel's state radio, the country's security cabinet has finished its meeting that lasted several hours to assess the situation and made decisions for the next stages of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip.

There has been no official statement at the end of the session, however, political sources made it clear that the cabinet has instructed the Israeli Army to continue its severe attacks against Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza and to complete neutralizing the tunnels leading to Gaza, the radio said.  

The sources added that the Israeli army will continue to pursue a policy of setting up humanitarian ceasefire for specific periods in areas that are free of fighting without endangering the lives of soldiers at risk or to stop the destruction of the tunnels, the radio added.



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