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PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 23 and 24: ' News from the Front As Dead Toll Rises and Children are at Centre of Bombings Including a School '


ACE WORLD NEWS – GAZA CRISIS UPDATE – JULY 30 2014

  • Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1088 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 229 children. Approximately 6500 others have been injured.

  • On Monday (July 28), 10 people, including eight children, were killed and 40 others wounded by an explosion in a park near the beach in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Although the Israeli military denied responsibility, as it has done on several other similar occasions previously during the current conflict before reversing itself, eyewitnesses stated that the explosion was caused by an Israeli air-strike.

  • According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 28) at 8 AM ET:
  • At least 795 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 229 children and 118 women. (Note: these figures do not include the death toll for attacks on Shifa hospital and Shati refugee camp on Monday, which killed numerous children and other civilians.)

  • As of July 27, more than 6200 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 1900 children and 1100 women.

  • Twenty-two hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit by Israeli airstrikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctorand two medics have been killed.

  • At least 194,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.

  • 215,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools, informal shelters or host families. UN schools are sheltering almost 179,000 people, which amounts to 10% of the population of the Gaza Strip, and is triple the number who took refuge with UNRWA during Israel’s devastating assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, Operation Cast Lead.

  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 685 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

  • Since July 7, 133 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.

  • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”

#ANS2014

PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 23: ‘ UN School Hit in Northern Gaza Under the Guise of Routing-Out Displaced Fighters Sheltering in the Building ‘


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July – At least 50 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN school, in relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza, a day after one of the bloodiest days in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, taking the death toll to 1,283 early on Wednesday.


(Before the Bombing) ​

Israeli military shelled the UN school based in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp early on Wednesday.


​(After the Bombing)

At least 20 people killed in the attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The shell slammed into the school in northern Gaza as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day.

The school was being used as a shelter for those displaced by fighting, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The incident occurred early morning, and a couple of hours after Israeli tanks had begun heavy shelling in the area. It is the second time this month that a UN school in Gaza has come under attack.

On Thursday, 16 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a UN-run school in northern Gaza was struck reported by IBN Live

#ANS2014

PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 22: ‘ News From The Front-Line Returns As Gaza Crisis Explodes Into Chaos ‘


ACE WORLD NEWS – GAZA CRISIS UPDATE – JULY 28, 2014

  • Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1034 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 226 children. More than 6200 others have been wounded.

  • On July 27, the Israeli military admitted that it opened fire on the courtyard of a UN school three days earlier in Beit Hanoun, where 16 Palestinians sheltering from the fighting were killed and scores more wounded. However, contrary to evidence supplied by eyewitnesses, journalists, and UN officials, Israel denied that its shelling of the school caused any deaths.

  • Since July 7, at least 44 families in Gaza have lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totaling more than 250 people. During the 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 11 members of the Hilo family were pulled from the rubble in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. Earlier in the day, before the ceasefire came into effect, approximately 20 members of the Al-Najar family were killed, including 11 children, and many others were wounded when their home was attacked by the Israeli military in southern Gaza.

  • According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 27) at 8 AM ET:
  • At least 760 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 226 children and 117 women.

  • More than 6200 Palestinians have been injured, including more than 1900 children and 1100 women.

  • 215,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools, informal shelters or host families.

  • At least 194,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.

  • Twenty-two hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit by Israeli air-strikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctor and two medics have been killed.

  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 685 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

  • Since July 7, 130 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.

  • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”

#ANS2014

GAZA CITY: ‘ Two Thousand Children Die in Bloody Conflict ‘


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 29 – Almost 2,000 Palestinian children in Gaza have been injured since the start of the Israeli offensive, according to figures published on Sunday by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

​Also 999 Palestinians have died, including at least 760 civilians, of whom 226 are children and 117 are women.

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‘ District Court Seeks Stay Order Striking Down Ban Carrying Guns in Public ‘


#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 28 – Attorneys for Washington, D.C., said Sunday that they will seek to forestall a judge’s landmark ruling that struck down as unconstitutional the city’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home.


​U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. released a decision Saturday that guts the city’s gun laws, which allowed residents to possess guns only inside their homes or businesses.

#ANS2014 

OSCE: ‘ Moscow Receives Proposal for Russian and Ukrainian Border Monitoring ‘


#AceWorldNews – OSCE – July 27  – OSCE Receives Moscow‘s Proposal for joint Russian and Ukrainian border monitoring and is mulling it over and the implications therewith:

RIA NovostiOSCE Receives Moscow’s Proposal for Russian-Ukrainian Border MonitoringOSCE Receives Moscow’s Proposal for Russian-Ukrainian Border Monitoring

21:05 14/07/2014 The Swiss chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed Monday the organization had received Moscow’s proposal to deploy OSCE monitors at Russian crossing points on the border with Ukraine.>>

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' Social Media War Machine Has Part to Play in Winning Hearts and Minds '


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’s PR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.

Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.

Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51
Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51

Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.

One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.

Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”

An online struggle for “hearts and minds”

Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.

In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.

One of the initiatives consisted of teaching new media workshops to army officers in the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.

“In terms of communicating our message, the future is in new media”, Defense Forces spokesman Avi Benayahu said in February 2009. “The IDF has moved online to win hearts and minds.”

#ANS2014

 

PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 19: ' News From The Front-Line and Latest Updates '


Ace World News

GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 26, 2014)

  • At least 649 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 194 children and 101 women.

  • During the 24-hour reporting period (July 24-July 25), 68 Palestinians were reported killed in Gaza, including at least 10 children and nine women.

  • Forty-two families in Gaza have lost at least three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident, totalling 253 people. Several of the over 100 women killed were reportedly pregnant, including three belonging to the Abu Jamea family, whose house was attacked by Israel on July 20. (Note: This does not include 18 members of the Al-Najar family killed on June 26.)

  • The coping capacity of health professionals and facilities is increasingly overstretched. A rise in the relative number of miscarriages, premature births, and child mortality amongst pregnant women has been reported.

  • Eighteen health-related facilities have been hit by Israeli airstrikes or shelling since July 8. At least one doctor and two medics have been killed.

  • At least 165,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.

  • 167,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in 95 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and government schools and tens thousands of others are taking refuge elsewhere. This is more than double the number of Palestinians who took refuge at UN facilities during Israel’s devastating three-week assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009,Operation Cast Lead. All are in need of emergency food assistance.

  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged approximately 650 residential properties, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

  • Ninety-two UN installations have been damaged.

  • During the reporting period, six UNRWA schools were damaged. Since July 7, 123 schools have been. On July 24, five people were wounded when the Israeli military shelled the Deir al-Balah girls school in central Gaza, which was sheltering approximately 1500 IDPs. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.

  • The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”

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  2. Protective Edge Day 19: ‘ Collapse of Talks to End Conflict and Agreement to Short-12-Hour Ceasefire ‘@AceNewsServices http://wp.me/p165ui-6pI

#ANS2014

‘ RT Contributor and Four Other’s Taken Hostage by Ukrainian Troops ‘


#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – July 23 – RT’s contributor, UK journalist Graham Phillips is among four people taken hostage by Ukrainian troops, ANNA news agency reports. Phillips has been missing since he went to Donetsk airport on his own while a firefight was taking place.

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1 graham phillips rt detained

The other three people in the group are reportedly ANNA news agency’s cameraman, an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and possibly an acquaintance of Phillips, who accompanied the journalist to the airport.

Our cameraman, Vadim, was working in the epicenter of the fighting, RT’s stringer was next to him,” ANNA news agency reported.

The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.

“According to the information we have, they have been captured by Ukrainian troops. This information has been confirmed by the self-defence forces,” the head of ANNA news agency’s Ukrainian bureau, Konstantin Knyrik, told RT.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded the immediate release of journalists working for RT and the ANNA news agency.

UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips (Photo from grahamwphillips.com)
UK journalist and RT contributor Graham Phillips (Photo from grahamwphillips.com)

The last time Phillips got in touch with Moscow was on the evening of Tuesday, July 22.

The stringer informed Moscow he was planning to go to Donetsk airport, currently the most active war-zone in the regional centre besieged by Kiev’s troops and National Guard.

“We urged him not to go, because of the obvious risks, but based on the messages that appeared in social media a bit later, he decided to go there anyway, alongside another group of journalists,” RT’s statement maintains.

#ANS2014 

Malaysian Aircraft MH17:’ Dutch Air Force Plane Takes Off Carrying First 16 Coffins ‘


#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Wednesday – July 23 – Bloody Conflict Continues and many more Die ! As first 16 bodies of victims of crash are transported from crash site.

09:33 GMT:

A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands.

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine for loading on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine for loading on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Honorary guards placed wooden coffins on the plane after a short and sombre ceremony held on the tarmac before it took off.

All 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 perished when it was brought down last Thursday over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling anti-government forces.

Many of the victims were Dutch and the Netherlands will carry out their identification.

At the ceremony, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the downing of the plane was an “inhumane terrorist act” carried out with help from Russia.

Kiev will do everything in its power to bring those guilty to justice, he added. Russia denies its involvement.

On Monday the Russian military presented information that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter had been gaining altitude in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing prior to the catastrophe.

A Canadian military transport plane is due to leave Kharkiv with 24 more coffins later on Wednesday.

09:21 GMT:

The black boxes from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been handed over to British experts, UK investigators have told press.

08:16 GMT:
08:12 GMT:

The inflight recorders recovered from the wreckage of the downed Malaysian plane have arrived in Britain to be analyzed, the Ukrainian government’s investigation committee told press. The Ukrainian investigators confirmed they had seen the recorders, but not handled them as per an agreement reached with the Malaysian and Dutch inspectors.

“Today … the black boxes from the airliner Boeing 777 arrived in Britain under the supervision of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization),” the commission said on its Facebook page.

07:51 GMT:
07:23 GMT:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that it was still unclear how many bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and how many may have been left behind at the crash site. (Reuters)

05:53 GMT:

Dutch experts have said they were given 80 fewer corpses than indicated by the eastern Ukrainian militia.

“There were human remains that had not been picked up,” said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE after visiting the crash site.

“What struck us is that we did not monitor any recovery activity in place,” he added, indicating at least two areas where there still were human remains.

02:38 GMT:

Moscow has handed over to the European Union the Ministry of Defense’s monitoring data on the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Russian envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said.

The documents, which are in both Russian and English, were sent “to all the interested parties,” he told journalists in Brussels, as quoted by RIA Novosti. Russia hopes the investigation of the tragedy will be “truly unbiased, independent and international,” as called for by the UN Security Councilresolution unanimously adopted Monday, Chizhov said.

I’m surprised by statements made by certain European representatives,” he said. Even European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso – who is on a visit in Brazil – “voiced certainty that the plane, as he said, was shot down by ‘separatists.’”According to the Russian diplomat, attempts to foresee the results of an investigation “can only be considered as an attempt to put pressure on the probe.”

I hope that will not happen,” Chizhov said.

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic )

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic )

Tuesday, July 22

18:27 GMT:

The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The country’s king and queen will be at an air base in Eindhoven to greet two military planes that are scheduled to arrive around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) Wednesday carrying the first victims’ remains.

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Malaysian Airlines MH17: ‘ Petro Poroshenko Calls for Ceasefire Within 40 KM of Crash Site’


#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – July 23 – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called a ceasefire within a 40km radius of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed. Russia has urged all parties in eastern Ukraine to lay down their arms while inspectors investigate what caused the tragedy.

Donestsk and Luhansk Peoples Republican Armies

Wednesday, July 23

01:41 GMT:

Self-defense forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) have said they have taken control of two villages on the Ukrainian border with Russia, Novorossia news agency reports. Igor Strelkov, defense minister for the self-proclaimed republic, said that fighting between Kiev troops and the militia is continuing near Dubrovka, Donetsk region.

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‘ Protective Edge Day 13 Starts Street Riots as People Voice Their Frustration ‘


#AceWorldNews – GazaCity – July 21 – As hundreds of protesters looted shops, burnt cars and attacked a synagogue, as an unauthorized anti-Israeli rally turned violent in a Parisian suburb. Simultaneously, thousands participated in peaceful pro-Palestinian marches across the globe.

Despite a ban by authorities, an anti-Israel demonstration was held on Sunday in a Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, dubbed ‘Little Jerusalem’ for its large community of Sephardic Jews. It was the second in a row unauthorized protest in the French capital to turn violent over the weekend. 

On Saturday, activists clashed with police during pro-Palestinian rally in the center of Paris (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several hundred people gathered for protest in Sarcelles by 3pm local time, with dozens of youths then setting cars on fire, smashing shop windows and raiding the shops, throwing stones at police. Protesters shouted: “F*** Israel!” and “Israel assassin.

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a synagogue, Le Figaro reports. 

The police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and detaining at least 13 rioters, according to the Local.

The decision to ban pro-Palestinian protests in Paris raised controversy as the rallies happened anyway and turned violent. France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the decision not to allow protests, saying the unrest that broke out “justifies all the more the brave choice by the interior ministry to ban a demonstration,” AFP reported.

 

 

Elsewhere in Europe pro-Palestinian protests appeared to be relatively peaceful. 

The largest one in Europe drew 11,000 of people to the streets of Vienna, who marched across the city center to the official residence of the country’s president. 

Thousands take to the streets of Vienna in Gaza protest (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

 

Pro-Palestinian protesters shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against Israel's military action and violence in the Gaza strip, in Vienna July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

Pro-Palestinian protesters shout slogans and hold signs during a demonstration against Israel’s military action and violence in the Gaza strip, in Vienna July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Joe Klamar)

 

In Amsterdam, some 3,000 participated in the march, demanding an immediate end to the Israeli military operation in Gaza. People carried signs reading “Stop the war” and “Israel war criminals.” Just one person was detained for refusing to obey a police order, the Netherlands’ NOS reported. 

It just has to stop. Children are being killed and they are innocent,” said protester Ekrem Kara, as cited by AFP.

 

Protesters carry a banner depicting the Palestinian flag reading "Sound the alarm, Stop the War" as they take part in a demonstration in Amsterdam on July 20, 2014, to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP Photo / John Thys)

Protesters carry a banner depicting the Palestinian flag reading “Sound the alarm, Stop the War” as they take part in a demonstration in Amsterdam on July 20, 2014, to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support for the Palestinian people. (AFP Photo / John Thys)

 

A similar rally in Stockholm gathered 1,000 participants. 

In the US massive pro-Palestinian protests were held on Sunday in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

 

 

Thousands marched to the Israeli Consulate in Chicago, home to a quarter million Palestinians, demanding a halt to Israel’s military action in Gaza. 

In response, the consulate general released a statement defending the military operation. 

Today is a tragic day,” the statement reads as cited by WGN_TV. “13 Israeli soldiers were killed by the terrorist organization Hamas. We regret the loss of civilians on both sides. Hamas continues to brutally attack 6 million Israeli citizens and puts its own population in danger. We have to stop it.

 

Pro-Palestine supporters, protesting against violence in the Gaza strip, march on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2014. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

Pro-Palestine supporters, protesting against violence in the Gaza strip, march on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California July 20, 2014. (Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

 

Some 2,000 protesters took to the streets of Sydney in opposition to the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Parents took their children with them for the rally. 

I’m here as a mum to raise awareness of what’s happening in Gaza,” Buthania Saeed, 41, told AAP. “All we’re seeing is women and children being murdered, houses are being burnt down and families are being vanished.”

 

Children sit in front of dolls on stretchers as they and other members of the Australian Palestinian community hold a protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, in Sydney July 20, 2014. (Reuters / David Gray)

Children sit in front of dolls on stretchers as they and other members of the Australian Palestinian community hold a protest against Israel’s military action in Gaza, in Sydney July 20, 2014. (Reuters / David Gray)

 

Hundreds of mainly Islamist Jordanian protesters burnt Israeli flags in Amman on Sunday, Reuters reports. Demonstrators called on Palestinian Hamas militants to step up rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities to avenge civilian deaths caused by Israel’s offensive in Gaza. 

Lebanese activists staged a protest outside the US embassy in Awkar north of Beirut on Sunday. The rally participants burned the American and Israeli flags, while chanting slogans in support of the Palestinians, the Daily Star reports.

 

A girls holds up the Palestinian flag during a protest near the US embassy in Awkar, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 20, 2014, against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Anwar Amro)

A girls holds up the Palestinian flag during a protest near the US embassy in Awkar, on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 20, 2014, against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Anwar Amro)

 

 

Moroccan protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people and against the ongoing Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, on July 20, 2014, in the capital Rabat. (AFP Photo / Fadel Senna)

Moroccan protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in support of the Palestinian people and against the ongoing Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip, on July 20, 2014, in the capital Rabat. (AFP Photo / Fadel Senna)

 

 

A Palestinian protester holds a placard and a fake weapon during a demonstration to support the resistance in Gaza and to protest against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP Photo / Abbas Momani)

A Palestinian protester holds a placard and a fake weapon during a demonstration to support the resistance in Gaza and to protest against the Israeli military offensive on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP Photo / Abbas Momani)

 

 

Thai Muslim students display placards to protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza at a mosque in Thailand's southern province of Pattani on July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Tuwaedaniya Meringing)

Thai Muslim students display placards to protest against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza at a mosque in Thailand’s southern province of Pattani on July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo / Tuwaedaniya Meringing)

GAZA CITY DAY 12 Humanitarian Ceasefire  

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‘ Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN Israel Will Take ” Whatever Action is Necessary ” to Halt Hamas Cross-Border Rocket Attacks From Gaza ‘


#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL (Tel Aviv) – July 20 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel will take“whatever action is necessary” to halt Hamas cross-border rocket attacks from Gaza and restore calm but insisted his forces were doing their utmost to avoid civilian casualties there.

“We try to target military targets and unfortunately there are civilian casualties which we regret and we don’t seek,” Netanyahu told CNN shortly after an Israeli attack on a Gaza neighbourhood killed at least 87 Palestinians.

He accused Hamas of deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and of using Gaza residents as “human shields.” Asked how long it would take Israel to complete an operation it says is intended to destroy Hamas weapons tunnels, Netanyahu said it was being done “fairly quickly,” but gave no time frame.

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Agence France-Presse (@AFP) July 20, 2014

Qatar ready to host truce talks ………….. coming up

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‘ Israel Agrees Extension to Ceasefire in Gaza to Evacuate the Wounded ‘


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 20 – Israel has extended the ceasefire in Gaza by another hour after fighting resumed in Gaza, less than one hour after a humanitarian truce was agreed by Israel and Hamas to allow the evacuation of wounded from the area.

The announcement was made by the Israeli Defense Force. Earlier, the country’s military said its forces were shot at shortly after the two-hour truce began.

“The agreement to implement a ceasefire was ended because of Hamas who started shooting at our soldiers. We had to answer back,” said an Israeli army source.

Hamas is yet to comment on Israeli allegations that it had breached the ceasefire.

Though we agreed to the Red Cross‘ request for a cease-fire in Shuja’iya until 15:30, Hamas has not stopped shooting from Shuja’iya.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 20, 2014

At least 87 Palestinians were killed on Sunday as the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the Shejaia district in the north-east of Gaza.

The casualties are the heaviest since Israel launched its offensive on the Palestinian territory on July 8.

#ANS2014

‘ University of Connecticut Agrees $1.2 Million Settlement over Mishandling Sexual Harassment Claims ‘


#AceWorldNews – BOSTON (Reuters) – The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.2 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment.

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The five women who brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said university officials had not seriously investigated claims that they had been sexually assaulted on campus.

“This lawsuit may have been settled, but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has not been,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement posted online. “UConn, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual violence on our campuses, hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the resources and compassion they desperately need.” 

The lawyer representing the women did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal comes at a time of intense scrutiny over how U.S. colleges and universities handle sex crimes. The White House in April declared an “epidemic” of sex assaults on campus.

The University of Connecticut is among 55 U.S. schools facing lawsuits that contend their policies aimed at preventing such attacks may be inadequate and a violation of Title IX, a 1972 U.S. law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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‘ South American Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia Call IDF’s Incursion of Gaza Genocide ‘


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 20 – The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an “extermination.”

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SAVE GAZA , 拯救加沙 , 가자지구에 , Ratujmy Gazę ,Спасите сектор Газа ,Salva Gaza , …KILLING MUST BE STOPED (Photo credit: Falcon EyE)

Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN’s Human Rights Council to address Israel’s ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation’s government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys.” 

“President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council,” said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the “systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations.” 

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.

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' Protective Edge Day 12 Red Cross Calls for Three Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire '


#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – Sunday, July 20 2014

Tank in Gaza City

09:37 GMT:

The Red Cross has called for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, Israeli officials confirmed to Haaretz. Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri says Hamas has already agreed to the ceasefire, but claims Israel has refused the request. There has been no official response from Israel as of yet.

 

09:06 GMT:

Israeli shelling of Shejaia neighborhood in the Gaza Strip on Sunday resulted in killing at least 40 Palestinians, a medical official told Reuters.

“Forty martyrs have been counted so far and bodies were picked up. Medics are searching for possibly more casualties,” the director of Gaza’s Shifa hospital, Naser Tattar, said, adding that about 400 people were wounded in the Israeli attack.

 

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08:29 GMT:

A Palestinian cameraman and a paramedic have been killed in violence in North Gaza, AFP reports, citing medics.

 

06:53 GMT:

The death toll in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza City has risen to 20 and dozens have been wounded, reports Haaretz.

 

05:15 GMT:

Hamas has launched an ambush on an IDF armoured personnel carrier and a tank close to Gaza City, reports Haaretz, citing Hamas sources. According to the reports, Hamas fighters opened fire on the vehicles with antitank missiles and explosives.

 

03:51 GMT:

Israeli bombardments killed at least 12 people in Gaza on Sunday, medics said, Arab News reports, bringing the toll in a 13-day long campaign to 355 Palestinians, and five Israelis, including two civilians.

03:20 GMT:

IDF says its goal remains to strike a blow to Hamas’ capabilities so“that the citizens of Israel can live in safety and security.”

02:58 GMT:

IDF says it is expanding its ground offensive against the Palestinians as Operation Edge enters its 13th day.

“This evening, the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge expands, as additional forces join the effort to combat terror in the Gaza Strip and establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security,” the army said in a statement.

 

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02:02 GMT:

At least five soldiers were wounded in the military operation in Gaza and have been hospitalized, Israeli media reports. One of the soldiers appears to be in critical condition while others suffered moderate injuries.

01:52 GMT:

An Israeli airstrike on the home of Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayyah killed three members of his family and a neighbour, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said. The Hamas leader was not home when the airstrike occurred.

01:30 GMT:

In the last 48 hours the IDF has targeted 500 sites in Gaza city with 2,500 targets in the entire Strip. Thirteen tunnels have been discovered, five of which lead into Israel. Another 34 tunnel openings have been uncovered. Thirteen terrorist suspects have been arrested, Jpost reports.

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Hamas has fired approx. 1 rocket at Israel every 10 minutes for the past 12 days, altogether 1,768 rockets pic.twitter.com/GziMXHUZvA

‘ Somalia’s al-Shabaab Claim Responsibility for Attack on Bus Killing Seven ‘


#AceWorldNews – MOGADISHU - July 19 – Somalia‘s al Shabaab insurgents claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack on a bus on Kenya‘s northern coast that killed seven.

Gunmen blocked the bus with their car late on Friday and sprayed it with bullets.

They also attacked two lorries carrying mangos near Witu, a town in Lamu County which borders Somalia.

“The attack was in response to Kenya’s claim that it deployed more troops in the coast and thus tightened security,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab’s military operations told Reuters.

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‘ Francois Hollande Promotes New Military Operation Being Rolled-Out in West Africa ‘


Regions of Burkina Faso.
Regions of Burkina Faso. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews – FRANCE (Paris) – July 19 – French President Francois Hollande on Friday promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on a multi-faceted menace from Islamist groups that he warned threatened France’s interests and citizens reported Reuters. 

France led a military intervention in its former colony Mali last year, halting the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in 2012.

The military operation succeeded in scattering the Islamist groups in Mali, and Paris is in the process of reorganising its deployment in the region, with its 1,700 soldiers in Mali being folded into a broader counter-terrorism force.

Under the new plan, some 3,000 French troops will now operate out of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad – countries straddling the vast arid Sahel band – with the aim of stamping out an Islamist threat across the region.

“There are threats, notably from Libya. Military hardware has accumulated there, and without a doubt, terrorists are seeking refuge there,” Hollande said in Niger during a three-day trip that will also take him to Ivory Coast and Chad.

“We have, therefore, decided to put in place structures and measures that will allow us to confront this threat of terrorism in the Sahel,” he said.

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