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Clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday

Clashes broke out at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound yesterday as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said dozens of Palestinian youths had began throwing stones and firing flares at police once Jewish visitors ascended to the compound on the eve of the week-long holiday for Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles. Police warded off the rioters to Al-Aqsa mosque, from where they threw stones and petrol bombs...

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court. His speech brought strong condemnation...

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israel PM vows response to boy's death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said military operations will "intensify" after an Israeli boy was killed by fire from Gaza. The four-year-old died in a mortar attack on a southern Israeli village near the Gaza border. Meanwhile Israeli air strikes have continued, killing at least four people on Friday, Palestinian officials say. More than 2,090...

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders. Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt...

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Gaza begins tense 5-day truce

Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce. As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza. There were no more reports of violence overnight, and the two sides were expected to continue indirect talks...

New Gaza truce agreed

Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a fresh 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza yesterday, accepting an Egyptian invitation to resume talks to end fighting that has killed more than 2,000 people. The ceasefire deal, which was to come into effect at one minute past midnight, was clinched after days of frantic mediation to stem a firestorm of violence that resumed after an earlier truce collapsed on Friday. Since then, 19 people have been killed in Israeli bombardments. The Egyptian foreign ministry called...

Madness must stop

Madness must stop

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the shelling of another UN school in Gaza yesterday, calling it "a moral outrage and a criminal act." "This madness must stop," Ban said through his spokesman after at least 10 people were killed when a shell hit outside a UN school in Rafah crowded with Palestinian...

GAZA CONFLICT

Israel 'to destroy Gaza tunnels’

Israel 'to destroy Gaza tunnels’

Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until the tunnels constructed by Hamas have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said. Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said Israel was determined to destroy the tunnels - used to attack troops and towns - "with or without a ceasefire". Earlier Israel called up 16,000...

Two tragedies -Two different reactions

WORLD conscience was struck by two extremely tragic incidents recently. The first was the Israeli military attack on Gaza, which began on 8 July 2014. The second was the shooting down of Malaysian flight MH 017 over Ukraine on 17 July 2014. Ukraine is going through political instability since October 2013. The country is deeply split into pro and anti-Russian camps and is at war with itself. Pro-Russian separatists have practically cut off eastern part of Ukraine. Kiev has literally...

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels...

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