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Gaza bombed by deadly darts

Gaza bombed by deadly darts

IT is interesting to note that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claims “as a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict.” Physical evidence of munitions like flechette shells is turning up in Gaza....

Germany: After one hundred years

JULY 28, 1914, was when the First World War broke out in Europe. Preceded by assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the conflict quickly spread across the continent and enveloped its major powers. Germany, which had emerged as an industrial powerhouse following unification under the leadership of Otto Von Bismarck, jumped into the fray in the hope of containing the threat from France and curbing the ascent of Britain. Germany's defeat in the war sowed the seeds for...

Operation Protective Edge: Myths and realities

THE ongoing violence on civilians in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge” is raising several questions among the people around the world. The traumatised Palestinian children, their dead bodies, as well as the destruction, shown in the media sadden us immensely. War is nothing new for Palestinians. Children who are six years old in Gaza are facing war for the third time. This time, Operation Protective Edge is killing more civilians than ever. In much of the North American and western...

Gaza death toll hits 572

Gaza death toll hits 572

The death toll in Gaza rose to 572 yesterday following the bloodiest day in the Palestinian enclave since 2009 where Israel is pressing a punishing military operation. And the Israeli army said another seven soldiers had been killed in fighting in Gaza, raising the overall Israeli death toll to 27, all but two of...

UN chief Ban for ending fighting in Gaza

UN chief Ban for ending fighting in Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel and the Palestinians to "stop fighting" and "start talking" to end the conflict in Gaza. He was speaking in Israel as diplomatic efforts intensified. More than 600 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed in the past 14 days of fighting, officials say. Earlier, US Secretary of State...

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel. That has...

Editorial

State terror unleashed on Gaza

THE death toll is now over 400 following Israel's decision to increase its military offensive on the Hamas in the Gaza strip. The Israeli military is now engaging in ground assaults to add to their air-strikes in their bid to curb the Hamas. We condemn this abject display of violence and implore world leaders to stop diplomatic procrastination and pressure both sides to engage in peace talks. Treaty dialogue is imperative at the moment as UN reports have stated...

Israeli shells strike Gaza hospital

Israeli shells strike Gaza hospital

Israeli tank shells struck a hospital in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four people and wounding 60, Palestinian officials said, as Israel's defense minister vowed to press on with the war against Hamas "as long as necessary." Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Cairo to...

Ending Gaza blockade is goal: Hamas leader

Ending Gaza blockade is goal: Hamas leader

The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaled Monday that the Islamic militant group will not agree to an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, saying that the aim of the current battle is to break a 7-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Ismail Haniyeh's comments came as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary...

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