GAZA CITY: ' International Organisation Assessing Post-Conflict Reconstruction Says it Will Take 20-Years to Rebuild Gaza's Housing Stock'

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY (Gaza Strip) – August 30 – An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.



Shelter Cluster, co-chaired by the U.N. refugee agency and the Red Cross, says 17,000 Gaza housing units were destroyed or severely damaged during the war and 5,000 units still need work after damage sustained in previous military campaigns. In addition, it says, Gaza has a housing deficit of 75,000 units.

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GAZA CITY: ‘ Israeli Military Say’s in UN-Confirmed Reports Three Rockets Have broken the Temporary Cease-Fire ‘

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip, breaking a temporary cease-fire amid negotiations over the war between Israel and Hamas AP reported.

The military says three rockets landed in open fields Tuesday near the southern city of Beersheba.

Israel launched the war on July 8 to stop incessant rocket fire from Gaza. Currently, Egypt is trying to broker a longer cease-fire to end the war.

In more than a month of fighting, nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been killed, the majority of them civilians.

Israel lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

By Mohammed Daraghmeh @ The Associated Press

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CAIRO: ‘ Israeli and Palestinian Negotiator’s Agree to Extend Temporary Cease-Fire But Hamas Official Izzat al-Rishq Accuses Israel of Raising Demands ‘

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 19 – With the five day cease-fire due to end both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza by 24 hours on Monday night, as talks in Cairo struggled to secure a long-term deal to end the six-week conflict US Guardian reported.

Long negotiations ended late on Monday night with the Palestinian delegation claiming the two sides were still some way from an agreement, and hinting that the ceasefire would not be extended again if a lasting truce still could not be finalised on Tuesday.


​"Until now there is no progress," said Azzam al-Ahmad, the chief Palestinian negotiator, as the previous five-day ceasefire ended at midnight.

"There are hidden voices who are trying to put obstacles in our way.

We have agreed on an extension for another day – just one day.

Whether we agree or not, just one day."

According to Haaretz the word is this will be the last cease-fire there will be no more stated Hamas. In a statement:


​’ No more truce extensions after this, Hamas official says Izzat al-Rishq accuses Israel of raising demands that undermine Cairo talks ‘


The actual question is how much of this posturing will it take for someone to compromise.

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GAZA CITY: ' Israel and Palestinians Begin Five-Day Cease-Fire Though Reports Announced Israel Launched Air-Strikes in Response to Rocket Fire From Gaza '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY -August 14 – Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce BBC in the Middle Eastern correspondent reported.

‘ Peace in Gaza for 5 Days’ ​

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 mediated by Egypt in Cairo.

The Israelis launched a military operation in Gaza on 8 July to stop militant attacks from Gaza.

‘Forbiddingly difficult’

Hamas, which controls Gaza and is involved in the Cairo talks, has denied its members launched rockets at Israel on Wednesday night.

Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter: "No need to jump to conclusions. I don’t know who launched 10pm (19:00GMT) rocket at Israel."

There was no immediate report of casualties from either side.

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GAZA CITY: ‘ Israel Calls Up Reservists As Temporary Truce Nears End ‘

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 13 – Latest – Hours Before Truce Ends Israel Reinforces Troops with Reservists Called Up.

Latest updates [Wednesday]:

6:06 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the United Nation’s committee of inquiry into Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Wednesday, at the end of his meeting with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in Israel for an official visit.

“The UN Human Rights Council gives legitimacy to murderous terror organizations like Hamas and the Islamic State. Instead of checking Hamas’ attacks on Israeli civilians and the use it makes of Gaza’s residents as human shields, instead of checking the massacre carried out by (President) Assad in Syria, or the massacre of Kurds by Islamic State members, the UN has decided to come and check Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East, a democracy that is acting in a legitimate manner to protect its citizens from murderous terror,” he said.

“The committee’s report has already been written, the head of the committee has already decided that Hamas is not a terror organization and so there is nothing for them to investigate there. First, they should visit Damascus, Baghdad, Tripoli, they should go to see the Islamic State, they should go to see the Syrian army, they should go and see Hamas. There, not here, they will find war crimes.” (Barak Ravid)

5:20 P.M. The Israel Defense Forces calls up additional reserve soldiers and reinforces troops along the border with the Gaza Strip (Gili Cohen)

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GAZA CITY: ‘ 72-Hour Cease-Fire Agreed by Israel and Hamas Takes Affect and Still Holds Next Step Continuation of Talks in Cairo ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 11 – A 72-hour cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas took effect at midnight on Monday. Prior to the commencement of the cease-fire, officials said an Israeli delegation would travel to Cairo to continue indirect negotiations for a more permanent truce with Palestinian factions if the cease-fire was fully observed. Israel had previously announced it would not negotiate under fire.

The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said Sunday that unless Israel agreed to return to Egyptian-mediated talks without pre-conditions, the delegation would leave Cairo.

Israel struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before. Rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities in the surrounding areas and cities as far north as Tel Aviv persisted until minutes before the cease-fire was to begin.

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GAZA CITY: Protective Edge Day 33 ‘ Threats and Counter Threats With Egyptian Mediator’s Threatening to Leave Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 10 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said that unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without pre-conditions, the delegation will leave Cairo.

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, August 10, 2014. Photo by AP

Israel has said it will not take part in the talks while violence is ongoing.

Palestinians factions in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.

Israel has struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before Haaretz reported.

Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities persisted.

Sunday’s Live Events:

11:28 A.M. A 14-year-old boy was killed and three were wounded in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Earlier three Palestinians were killed in separate attacks in the Strip. The latest incidents raise the Palestinian death toll in the Israeli operation in Gaza to 1,917. According to Palestinian officials, 9,878 have been wounded.

11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the Gaza operation "will continue and will take time."

"Hamas won’t wear us down, and we will not negotiate under fire," he adds.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tells the cabinet: "Hamas must be defeated."

"We [must] clean up the area and leave as fast as possible. If only someone would have listened to me on day one, we would have been done already."

(Barak Ravid)

10:53 A.M. The Israel Air Force has struck 25 Gaza targets since midnight. (Gili Cohen)

10:49 A.M. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said during the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel must "break the Hamas’ military force in Gaza. This was true before and it is true now, residents of the Gaza envelope must be able to return safely to their homes." (Barak Ravid)

10:31 A.M. Prosecutors in Be’er Sheva are to press charges against six Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad for their involvement in rocket fire on Israel and the digging of tunnels from Gaza. The six were arrested after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8. (Shirley Seidler)

9:39 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in Eshol Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)

8:44 A.M. Palestinian negotiator Bassam Salhi, who represents a small PLO faction, says his team met late Saturday with Egyptian mediators.

In the meeting, the Palestinians were told that Egypt is in touch with Israeli officials and hopes to make progress, Salhi said.

"We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today," he says. (AP)

6:31 A.M. Two rockets exploded in open field in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

6:14 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)

4:05 A.M. Latest rocket siren was a false alarm. (Israel Radio)

3:35 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in two Israeli towns by Gaza border. (Haaretz)

2:43 A.M. About 500 demonstrators in New York have turned out to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

They met near Columbus Circle and marched to United Nations headquarters Saturday, chanting: "Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!"

Zouleikha Ban says she was born in Algeria, but protesters feel they are all Palestinians because she says "there is no justice" in Gaza.

Protest organizers called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

A social media movement aimed at uniting Jews and Arabs planned a silent protest and candlelight vigil in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near UN headquarters later Saturday.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters demonstrated in front of a midtown Manhattan office building on Aug. 1 after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire broke down in Gaza. (AP)

12:05 A.M. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.

"Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan," Ahmed told Al Arabiya television.

"We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they will not return except with conditions."

Israel has said it will not take part in truce talks while violence is ongoing. Palestinians factions in Cairo for the negotiations refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport. (Reuters)

11:09 P.M. Israel Air Force struck a vehicle in Rafah carrying three Hamas militants. Approximately an hour earlier, the IDF targeted another Hamas member. More than 60 targets were hit in the Gaza Strip in past 24 hours. (Gili Cohen)

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#GAZA CITY: ‘ Quotes From The Front-Line DAY 27 Reply to President Obama ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 03 – Recently President Obama has provided his point of view on Israel’s incursion into Palestine. I have just received these quotes in rebuttal to his comments. Please not these quotes do not reflect Ace News Services personal views on the situation and are the opinion of the speaker named.

REPLY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POINTS ON ISRAELI INCURSION

PROTECTIVE EDGE ON DAY 27

DIANA BUTTU, Ramallah-based analyst, former advisor to Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network:

“President Obama has failed the Palestinian people and failed the international community. By adopting, wholeheartedly, Israel’s position, President Obama has made it clear that he is unable or unwilling to stop Israel – the country that receives more U.S. aid than any country in the world – from targeting Palestinian civilians, at least 800 of whom have been killed by the U.S.-supplied Israeli military since July 7. President Obama has once again given cover to those who carry out war crimes by blaming Palestinian civilian deaths on Palestinians themselves – blaming the victims – despite overwhelming evidence that Israel systematically uses disproportionate deadly force in densely populated areas.

“If President Obama is truly concerned about the horrific carnage Israel is inflicting on the defenceless population of Gaza, he should stop supplying the Israeli military with the weapons it’s using to kill innocent men, women, and children, as he did just two days ago when he approved a request to resupply the Israeli army with ammunition that it’s using in Gaza.”

YOUSEF MUNAYYER, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center in Washington, DC:

“President Obama expressed numerous concerns today about the limits of American power to achieve goals around the world. This may be right in some areas but it isn’t true in Israel and Palestine. The United States has the leverage necessary and is in a unique position to reign in the Israelis but it refuses to do so. In fact, the United States is directly complicit in the crimes Israel is committing in Gaza by providing diplomatic cover and military aid. This week, as the United States was condemning the Israeli shelling of a UN school where 17 Palestinian civilians were killed, President Obama simultaneously announced the United States would open its arms caches to Israel and provide artillery that would help Israeli tanks reload and fire again on civilians. President Obama says he is heartbroken over the scenes in Gaza. If that is true, it is disappointing because that means the President is well aware of the horrors in Gaza, which he personally can do something to stop, and yet he still fails to do so.”

CECILIE SURASKY, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace:

"In the past three weeks, Israel has killed more than 800 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including almost 250 children, according to the United Nations, using some of the most advanced weaponry in the world. For the last 47 years, Israel has militarily occupied the Palestinian people and taken their land and rights, and for the last seven years Israel has kept 1.8 million people in Gaza virtual prisoners with a devastating blockade. And they have demanded, and received, U.S. support for all of this. While Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens, in what dictionary would any of this be defined as ‘self-defense’?"

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Protective Edge: ‘ News From The Front-Line Crisis, Civilians and Casualties No Care Just Death ‘

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 01

‘Look at the Casualties and then Ask do l Need a Reason to Support this Conflict ‘

GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 31, 2014)

  • At least 852 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 249 children and 135 women. 
  • 68 Palestinians families have had three or more family members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since July 7, totalling 360 people. 
  • 245,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and registered in government schools. As many as 200,000 others are taking refuge with host families, meaning the total number of IDPs could exceed 400,000 people. 
  • 299,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home. 
  • At least 24 medical facilities have been damaged since July 8. At least two doctors and four medics have been killed. 
  • Israel has destroyed or severely damaged at least 4025 housing units, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Another 4565 housing units have sustained damage. 
  • Since July 7, 136 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.”

Notable Incidents of Civilian Casualties

  • On July 25, 15-year-old Adullah Alathamna, who lost his mother, two sisters, and a foot when the Israeli military bombed his home in 2006, was injured again by an Israeli attack, suffering shrapnel wounds to the back and leg when Israeli forces bombed his home again. 
  • On July 24, a UN school in Beit Hanoun where approximately 1500 IDPs were sheltering was struck by several missiles, killing at least 16 people and injuring 150 others. Late Thursday the Israeli military acknowledged that it had fired into the area at the time of the incident, claiming they were responding to hostile fire. According to UN officials, they twice asked the Israeli military to allow a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the school during the day, but Israel refused. Over the past three days, the Israeli military has attacked UN schools housing IDPs on three different occasions, despite the fact that the UN has provided the military with precise GPS coordinates for all of its facilities. 
  • On July 24, the Israeli military killed at least ten members of the al-Astal family, including three children, in two separate attacks on civilian homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. According to the UN, in one of the incidents, Israeli forces fired on civilians attempting to aid the survivors of the initial strike. At least six other members of the al-Astal family have been killed by the Israeli military in the past week. 
  • Also on July 24, Israeli forces killed five members of the Abu Aita family, including an eleven-year-old boy in Jabalia in northern Gaza. The dead were 67-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, 65-year-old Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 30-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, and 11-year-old Adham Ahmad Abu Aita. 
  • On July 22, Israeli forces killed four members of the Hajjaj family in Gaza City. The dead were 15-year-old Rawan Ziad Hajjaj, 28-year-old Yousef Muhammed Hajjaj, 31-year-old Muhammad Shehadeh Hajjaj, and 66-year-old Fayzeh Saleh Hajjaj. 
  • Also on July 22, the Israeli military killed two elderly women in Rafah in southern Gaza. The dead were 75-year-old Hakema Nafe Abu Odwan, and 85-year-old Najah Nafe Abu Odwan. 
  • On July 21, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:

 

Protective Edge Previous Days 

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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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.

Contribution by EUoserver

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PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 21: ‘ Fighting, Missiles, Rockets and Gaza’s Main Hospital and Refugee Camp Gets Hit Killing at Least 10 and Injuring Dozens ‘

#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – July 28 – Missiles or rockets struck within yards of Gaza’s main hospital and a nearby refugee camp Monday, leaving at least 10 dead and dozens more wounded.


​The Israeli military denied initial reports that its forces were responsible for the strikes, saying instead that the bombing was the result of rockets misfired by Palestinian militants — while Hamas cast blame back at Israel.

The explosion near Shifa Hospital around 5 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) caused some damage to the outpatient clinic, according to witnesses including an NBC News crew on the ground in the area.


​Two people were injured at the hospital, according to medical officials.

Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants continued Monday despite a major Muslim holiday and a resolution passed in the United Nations Security Council calling for an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire in the Middle Eastern region.

USA Today reports that Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Shifa Hospital, reported dozens were injured in the blast at the park in the Shati refugee hospital. Several more people were injured when the hospital was struck.

Sahabani and Gaza police blamed Israeli missiles for the incident, while Israeli Defense Forces blamed Hamas. On its blog, IDF wrote, “Al-Shifa Hospital and Al-Shati Refugee Camp were struck by failed rocket attacks launched by Gaza Terrorists.”

The Associated Press notes that the Gaza park attack happened while children played on a swing in the refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City. Sahabani told the news agency that nine of the 10 people killed at the park were children under the age of 12. He added that 46 people were wounded in that incident.

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GAZA CITY: ' Israel "NEVER REGRETS VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAW" Political Analyst States '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel never regrets violating the international law and is going ahead with its barbaric war on the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime enjoys all-out support of the United States, a political analyst tells Press TV.

Mark Weber, director of the Institute for Historical Review, said in a Saturday interview with Press TV that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has shown that he is willing to utterly defy world opinion in carrying out this extremely one-sided barbaric attack on Gaza.”

“This outrage has angered public opinion around the world,” he stated, adding that Israel has for long proved that it will act “in defiance…even of United States law because they can count on the continuing support of US Congress and the US government, which is a reflection of course of the tremendous power of the pro-Israel lobby here in the United States.”

The analyst predicted that the Gaza carnage will continue mainly due to the US support for Israel.

“This shows really…the moral bankruptcy of US policy worldwide and in particular of course in the Middle East.”

Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has reached 1,050 since Tel Aviv began its onslaught on July 8.

Thousands of Palestinians have also been injured in the attacks.

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PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 20: ' Israel to Resume Fighting Citing Flagrant Violations by Hamas '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 27 – Israel would resume fighting in Gaza after ruling Hamas violated a brief humanitarian truce, a spokesman for the country’s military announced on Sunday. "Due to flagrant violations of humanitarian remission by Hamas, the IDF is now resuming offensive activities," spokesman Peter Lerner said in a tweet.

– F. Brinley Bruton

First published July 27th 2014, 8:16 am

Courtesy of NBC

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Protective Edge Day 19: ' Collapse of Talks to End Conflict and Agreement to Short-12-Hour Ceasefire '

#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 26 – Following collapse over the talks with Kerry and Netanyahu Israel has agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza starting Saturday morning that will last several hours, according to the Associated Press.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warns that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also says that "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue," AP reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Secretary of State John Kerry Friday that Israel would agree to the truce, CNN reported.

"Of course, they will," Barghouti told CNN’s "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "Not only Hamas but all Palestinians."

International efforts to negotiate a longer seven-day ceasefire continue.

The news comes hours after Israel’s Security Cabinet rejected a proposed one-week cease-fire to end weeks of bloodshed, which has killed more than 800.

Britain’s U.N. ambassador says there may be "an extremely short" humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas on Saturday lasting several hours.

Mark Lyall Grant told reporters Friday that Britain is very disappointed at the failure to reach agreement on a sustainable cease-fire but perhaps a humanitarian pause "will open up a little bit of space to work on a more sustainable cease-fire."

U.S. officials later said Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire in principle, but did not say if it came with a starting time. A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said the group agreed to a 12-hour lull, starting at 8 a.m. local time Saturday.

Ace Related News:

PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 19: ‘ News From The Front-Line and Latest Updates ‘ http://wp.me/p165ui-6pJ

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‘ Israeli Naval Ship Bombs Beach Near Hotel and Kills Four Children ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Four children were killed in Gaza City on Wednesday, medics said, in Israeli shelling witnessed by The Telegraph and other foreign journalists.

The four were among a group on the beach when the attack took place, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, with some of the surviving injured children taking refuge at a nearby hotel where journalists were staying.

A young boy lies on the floor of a restaurant in a hotel, where his wounds have been treated, following the attack (Robert Tait)

Journalists heard two loud explosions outside the Gaza City hotel, before children were pulled into the restaurant area for treatment.

A journalist who saw the incident said some of the children who survived were running away when another shell seemed to be aimed at them.

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‘ Israeli Cabinet Accepts Egyptian Cease Fire Offer ‘

#AceBreakingNews – ISRAELS (Tel Aviv) – July 15 – Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian cease-fire offer on Tuesday morning, which, according to the proposal, is supposed to go into effect at 9 A.M. local time and gives both sides 12 hours to stop the attacks once the proposal is accepted by both sides.

Several Hamas officials rejected the Egyptian proposal, but sources said that Hamas is holding talks with Egypt regarding the cease-fire and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.

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‘ Day SIX of Protective Edge and Thousands of Residents Flee Gaza City As Ground Troops Cross Border Killing Palestinians in their Hundreds While The WEST Watches ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY — Thousands of residents fled northern Gaza on Sunday at the urging of the Israeli military as its ground troops briefly crossed the border on a mission to destroy a launching site.

The tumult came as the death toll from Israel’s six-day Operation Protective Edge offensive rose to more than 160, with more than 1,000 injured, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

“Civilians are requested to evacuate their residences immediately for their own safety,” the Israeli leaflets dropped by air warned. They listed specific areas that would “prove to be most dangerous.”

Israeli airstrikes hit more than 200 homes and buildings across Gaza on Sunday. Despite calls from the United Nations and world leaders, there were no signs the two sides will agree to a cease-fire soon.

“We don’t know when the operation will end,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Cabinet meeting Sunday. “It might take a long time.”

Nasr Kafarna, 43, a farmer in northern Gaza who lives near the border, says he has been on edge for the past week. After Israeli troops crossed into Gaza early Sunday, he fears for the worst.

“I worry this is all-out war now,” he said. “We haven’t recovered from the last one – we aren’t ready for another one.”

The Israeli military announced that four soldiers had been lightly wounded during a brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza.

It is the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive. But the operation was carried out by special forces and did not appear to be the beginning of a broad ground offensive.

Earlier, as international calls for a cease-fire ramped up, Israel military warned residents of northern Gaza to evacuate “for their own safety.”

In a statement Saturday, the Israeli military said it would send messages to northern Gaza residents overnight to leave their homes as Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours, according to Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, chief military spokesman.

“We are going to attack there with great force in the next 24 hours due to a very large concentration of Hamas efforts in that area,” he said.

On Sunday, Palestinians with foreign passports began leaving Gaza through the Erez border crossing.

Israel, which is cooperating in the evacuation, says 800 Palestinians living in Gaza have passports from countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

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