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Another 'tunnel incident' in southern Israel
2014.07.22 03:16:46

Palestinian fighters entered Israel via two tunnels from Gaza, according to the army. There are conflicting reports about numbers and locations, and whether they're still fighting



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More from Putin
2014.07.22 03:15:41

"It's essential that a full team of experts under the auspices of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), the corresponding international commission, is at the crash site.

"We must do everything to ensure its full and absolute security, ensure humanitarian corridors that are necessary for its work.

"For its part, Russia will do everything that we can so that the conflict in eastern Ukraine moves from today's military phase to a discussion phase at the negotiating table, [by] exclusively peaceful and diplomatic means."



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Israel's ambassador to the United Nations
2014.07.22 03:14:30

Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed the report of a kidnapped soldier as untrue: "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumours are untrue."

But Abu Ubaida, the masked spokesman of the Qassam Brigades on Sunday said: "Qassam Brigades captured a Zionist soldier.".

He identified the soldier as Shaul Aron and recited what he said was Aron's identity tag number. He gave no other evidence the soldier was in the custody of the Islamist militants.

Aron would be the first Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza since 2011, when Israel released more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to free Gilad Shalit, a soldier who was held for more than five years after his 2006 capture in a cross-border raid.



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UN Security Council to vote on MH17 crash resolution
2014.07.22 03:13:35

UN Security Council will vote on Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his country would view a Russian veto of the resolution "very badly," adding that "no reasonable person" could object to its wording.

[AP]



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Death toll in Gaza has reached 500
2014.07.22 02:47:14

The death toll in Gaza has reached 500, according to the Gaza health ministry.



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Statement from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin
2014.07.22 02:46:18

And here's excerpts of a statement from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin:

"We have repeatedly called on all warring parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and to sit down at the negotiating table. We can confidently say that if June 28 fighting in eastern Ukraine were not renewed, then this tragedy would not have happened for sure.

"No one should, and no one has the right to use this tragedy to achieve their  own selfish political goals. These events should not divide, but unite people.  It's necessary that all people who answer for this situation in this region of  Ukraine increase their responsibility before their own people and the people of  the countries whose representatives are victims of this catastrophe."



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Osama Hamdan, Hamas spokesman
2014.07.22 02:45:04

When they [Israel] decided on this operation they have to expect that their soldiers may be killed, captured, or injured.

-Osama Hamdan, Hamas spokesman



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Disaster Victims Identification team
2014.07.22 02:42:57

Three members of a Dutch Disaster Victims Identification team arrived in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday.

A group of Malaysian officials also due to arrive in eastern Ukraine on Monday.

[Reuters]



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Electricity has been cut east of Gaza city
2014.07.22 02:29:48

Electricity has been cut in all of the neighborhoods east of Gaza city.



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Emergency meeting of the UN Security Council
2014.07.22 02:25:32

UNSC member Jordan have made a request on behalf of the Palestinians for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.



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Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela
2014.07.22 02:11:42

"Palestine doesn't have armed forces; they just have a state that's still being created. So it's not a war between two armies. Israel has the world's most modern weapons and plans it so that, in a very precise way, the missiles reach where they want them to reach. Undoubtedly, they've committed genocide"

Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela



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Israel: What President Obama (And Most Other U.S. Politicians) Have To Say
2014.07.22 02:09:11



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Palestinian cameraman killed
2014.07.21 04:51:15

BREAKING NEWS: A Palestinian cameraman has been killed in north Gaza, a day after Israel warned foreign journalists it was not responsible for their safety in the Gaza strip.



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UNRWA director of operations in Gaza
2014.07.21 04:29:42

If you are six years old in Gaza this is your third war.

UNRWA director of operations in Gaza, Robert Turner.



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Ukraine says Russia supplying 'heavy weaponry' to separatists
2014.07.21 04:28:20

Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council said on Sunday Russia was continuing to send "heavy weaponry" and other arms to separatists fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine.

"The Russian Federation is continuing to supply the separatists with heavy weaponry and other arms," Lysenko told a news conference.

[Reuters]



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Thousands flee Gaza's Shejaiya district
2014.07.21 04:13:01

Thousands fled Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district early Sunday, many of them on foot, after heavy shelling left casualties lying in the streets.

Ambulances were unable to reach much of the area along the border because of the heavy shelling.

[AFP]



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Pro-Russia separatists have taken all MH17 crash bodies - Ukraine
2014.07.21 04:11:10

According to Ukraine's emergency services pro-Russia separatists have taken away all the 196 bodies that workers recovered from the Malaysian Airlines plane crash site to an unknown location.

"The rebels came, put the bodies onto the trucks and took them away somewhere,"  Alexander Pilyushny, an emergency worker combing the site for body parts told AP news agency on Sunday.

Ukrainian spokeswoman Nataliya Bystro said Sunday that the emergency workers had been laboring under duress and were forced to give the bodies to the armed rebels.

"Where they took the bodies - we don't know," Bystro told AP.



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Gaza death toll climbed to 359
2014.07.21 03:49:21

Gaza health ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra has confirmed that the death toll climbed to 359 Palestinians killed & more than 2800 injured.

The latest are:

2 more children, 1 female, 1 man were killed, dozens were killed in the latest airstrikes on Al-Shujayyea

2 more dead bodies were brought in to Abu Yousuf Al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, south Gaza.    

Fahmy Abdel Aziz Abu Al-Saeed, 29 years old, killed in central Gaza district.  

Gaza Health ministry also confirmed the death of Mohammed, the son of Khalil Al-Hayya in an Israeli airstrike on Al- Shuja'iyya in Gaza.



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Donetsk People's Republic
2014.07.21 03:46:52

Andrei Purgin - the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's deputy premier -  said on Sunday that the pro-Russian fighters will guarantee the safety of international monitors at the Malaysian jet's crash site if Kiev agrees to a truce.

"We declare that we will guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene as soon as Kiev concludes a ceasefire agreement," Purgin said in a statement.

[AFP]



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Bloody attack on a gas field in central Syria
2014.07.21 03:45:17

At least 60 soldiers and pro-regime fighters were among the 270 killed in a bloody attack on a gas field in central Syria.

With the Syrian counter-attack to try to recapture the Shaar field in Homs province in its third day, Al-Watan newspaper, citing a military source, gave a toll of "60 martyrs" among regime forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had earlier reported it had  documented "the deaths of 270 people killed in fighting or executed" by Islamic State (IS) fighters.

"A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner" in the seizure of the field, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

"Eleven of the dead were civilian employees, while the rest were security guards and National Defense Forces members," he added.

The UK-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and  medics on the ground, said at least 40 IS fighters and 11 soldiers have been killed in the counter-attack, which was backed by aircraft.

[AFP]



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