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 ‘


  • 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:


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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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‘ 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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‘ Ukrainian Presidential Administration Discuss Severing All Ties With Russia ‘

#AceWorldNewsUKRAINE (Kiev) – July 16  – The Ukrainian presidential administration studies the possibility of severing diplomatic relations with neighbouring Russia and the subsequent outcome of such move, Valeriy Chalyi, a deputy chief of the Ukrainian presidential staff, told journalists on Wednesday reported by Tass.

“The Ukrainian authorities are studying such possibility and the (subsequent) results of such step,” Chalyi said.

Relations between neighbouring Russia and Ukraine have been recently strained by a host of issues including Crimea’s merger with Russia.

Also disagreements on the price for the Russian natural gas supplies and the ongoing combat conflict in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine between pro-Kiev military forces and pro-federalization supporters, whom Kiev believes to be allegedly backed by Moscow.


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` NATO Advances Towards Russian Borders ‘

#AceWorldNews – NOVOSIBIRSK, June 04. /ITAR-TASS/. NATO advances towards the Russian borders has nothing to do with European security issues, Kremlin administration head Sergei Ivanov said on Wednesday.

Pronouncements that NATO’s east European boundaries had to be strengthened “are used either as a psychological trick or knowingly used as a screen for moving NATO’s military infrastructure closer to our borders,” the head of the presidential administration said.

“I don’t see any military sense in it. This is more about politics, or cheap politics, to put it blantly,” Ivanov added.

Statements generated further problems in relations between Russia and NATO, which had developed positively over recent years, he said.

“There are certain security problems that equally worry Russia and NATO member-countries. But these problems are outside the European continent and have nothing to do with the European security,” Ivanov said.

“That is why, in my opinion, advancement of [NATO] infrastructure south-east has a destabilising nature and has nothing to do with real problems of security in Europe,” he added.


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` Japanese Researcher Accused of Fabricating Scientific Results `

#AceNewsServices -TOKYO – June 04 – A Japanese researcher accused of fabricating scientific results originally hailed as a breakthrough in stem cell research has agreed to withdraw two papers.

After defending her work in a months-long public feud with the prominent Riken institute she works for, Haruko Obokata “has now agreed to a retraction” of the papers, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the semi-governmental institute as saying on Wednesday.

Obokata earlier detailed simple ways to reprogram mature animal cells back to an embryonic-like state, allowing them to generate many different types of tissues – and offering hope for a way of replacing damaged cells or growing new organs in humans.

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` Rescuers Report Finding Seven Survivors of a Minibus Crash ‘

#AceNewsServices – DAGESTAN – June 04  – Rescuers have reportedly found seven survivors of a minibus crash in the Russian North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan.

One child was found dead, ITAR-TASS quoted a duty police officer in Tsuntinsky district as saying on Wednesday.

The information was preliminary, and it was still unclear how many passengers had been on the bus, he said.

Ten people were killed and seven injured after a minibus fell off a cliff in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti reported. Two children were among those dead, according to local police. In the past few days, it has been raining heavily in the Tsuntinsky district where the incident happened.

The accident that happened near the settlement of Sagada on Wednesday morning might have been caused by adverse weather conditions. “It has been raining heavily in the district in the past few days. Perhaps the road was damaged,” the officer said.


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` School and Kindergarten Shelled in Slavyansk ‘

#AceNewsServices – SLAVYANSK – May 28 – A school and a kindergarten have been shelled in Slavyansk as the city becomes increasingly unsafe in the intensified Kiev military campaign. At least 9 civilians were injured in Wednesday’s shelling incidents, including a child.

Slaviansk update

Ukrainian mortar shells have for weeks been raining down on the checkpoints and positions of the Slavyansk self-defense, but much of the shelling occurred outside the city. Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian interpreter, veteran human rights activist Andrey Mironov, were almost torn to pieces in one such shelling. 

However, this week the battleground apparently moved right into civilian quarters of Slavyansk, as shells started hitting residential blocks and nearby buildings, killing three people on Monday.

On Wednesday, there was a shocking reminder of how the situation might unfold if the likely president-elect Petro Poroshenko pushes on with the military operation in the region, as shells struck the city’s streets, yards, a school and a kindergarten.

RT talked to a male schoolteacher from Slavyansk school number 13, who asked not to be named.

“Around midday there was a loud explosion in the school, and I fell to the floor, taking cover,” the teacher told RT over the phone. 

The man said that he rushed to the corridor to assemble all the teachers and children in the school and take them to a safe place. Clouds of dust were billowing on one side of the building.

According to the teacher, it turned out that the shell exploded right above the school hall, where children are usually gathered for festive events, and part of the roof “was simply blown away.”

Luckily, no children were in the hall at the time. 

All the pupils and teachers were quickly evacuated to the basement. 




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` Right Sector Prepares to Engage in Extremist Activity in Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsServicesUKRAINE – April 02


Right Sector prepares to engage in extremist activity in Ukraine

10:36 02/04/2014 Militants of the far-right nationalist movement Right Sector continue to train and prepare to engage in extremist activity on Ukrainian soil, according to the statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.


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#Russia /`Volgograd’ “Suspected Bombing Mastermind Killed in Dagestan”

#AceNewsServices says `Suspected `Volgograd‘ bombing mastermind killed in Dagestan ‘

VolgogradMapThe militant was identified as leader of the “Kadarskaya” gang Mirzayev, a Dagestani law-enforcement source told Itar-Tass on Wednesday, adding that according to preliminary information, he might have sent two suicide bombers to Volgograd late in December 2013.

The special operation was carried out in the town of Izberbash. “The house was blocked on Wednesday morning. During the talks, one of the militants’ accomplices surrendered,” the source said. “The rest, including Mirzayev, opened fire and were killed in a shootout.

January 30, it was reported that suicide bombers who staged two terrorist acts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd late in last December were identified, and criminals involved in their delivery to the city were detained. January 29, as a result of investigative actions on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomednabi and Tagir Batyrov involved in transporting suicide bombers to Volgograd were detained.

Two terrorist attacks were staged in the city of Volgograd over the last days of 2013. On December 29, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the waiting hall of Volgograd’s central railway station. On December 30, a suicide bomber blew up a trolleybus in the morning rush hour. These attacks claimed 34 lives. About 100 people were wounded.

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#Ukraine Opposition: “Parliament Requires that `Protesters Vacate Occupied’ Government Building’s”

#AceNewsServices says `Ukraine Opposition Defy Government-Backed `Amnesty Bill’ for protesters

kiev.nThe Ukrainian opposition rejected an amnesty bill adopted by the parliament, which requires that protesters vacate occupied government buildings. Opposition leaders demand an unconditional amnesty and pledge to continue their protest.

Once signed into law, the bill will offer blanket amnesty to all participants of anti-government rallies, with the exception of those suspected of major crimes, like murder or kidnapping.

The amnesty is to come into force automatically after the general prosecutor confirms in an official statement that the protesters have ceded all government and administrative buildings in the country, as well as some streets. The latter do not include the sites of peaceful protests, like Kiev’s Independence Square and European Square. The bill sets a 15-day deadline for the opposition to meet the conditions.

The amnesty bill was submitted by the ruling Party of Regions and supported by 232 of the 450 total members of Ukraine’s unicameral parliament. It was one of four competing amnesty bills on the floor during the emergency parliament session on Wednesday. The party said the amnesty is the third major concession in the past few days made in response to the opposition demands.

“[This legislation] provides for steps for both the authorities and the opposition. They relinquish the seized buildings; we relinquish participants of the clashes from responsibility. It’s called compromise. But if they don’t hold their part of the obligations, the law ‘dies’ and no amnesty takes place. So of hundreds of people are punished for violating the law, the blame would be fully on [opposition leaders] Klitschko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnibok,” explained Mikhail Chechetov, a Party of Regions MP.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

But the opposition does not appear to see the deal as fair. Opposition lawmakers refused to support the draft, saying that detained protesters must be released without any preconditions. After it was passed, they said they would challenge it on procedural grounds.

“The law was adopted in clear violation of [parliamentary] rules, it wasn’t discussed in the committee. It was absolutely illegitimate and illegal. This law shouldn’t be recognized,” said the leader of the nationalist Freedom (Svoboda) opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok.

“They are trying to make us responsible for the situation in the country,” the politician said.

Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party alleged that the government wants to ‘shut down the Maidan’ with the amnesty law.

Opposition UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko believes that the new law will only increase tension within Ukrainian society and will not help to ease the political crisis.

“Instead of lowering the tensions in the community, the temperature will rise,”Klitschko said.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov and his cabinet resigned, and parliament voted 361-2 to repeal recently passed anti-protest laws. Nine out of 12 anti-protest laws were repealed.

Days before that, President Viktor Yanukovich’s offered Yatsenyuk the role of chairman of the new Ukrainian government, with Klitschko getting a ministerial position in it. Both opposition leaders rejected the offer.

On January 16 Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, passed controversial anti-protest laws that imposed strict punishments for violators. The new legislation sparked mass protests, which quickly transformed into violent riots on Grushevskogo Street. The damage from protests in Kiev is estimated to be at least $2.5 million, the city administration said Wednesday.

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#Geneva2 : “Agree to Use `Geneva Communique’ as Basis for `Peace’ Talks”

#AceWorldNews says `Syria Delegations agree on basis for Peace Talks’ 

Ace News Desk  The two Syrian delegations at peace talks in Geneva have agreed to use the ‘Geneva communique’ as the basis for peace talks, an opposition spokesman Louay Safi said on Wednesday. The news is seen as an apparent step forward for the talks, Reuters reported. The communique was agreed by international powers in June 2012. “We have agreed that Geneva 1 is the basis of the talks,” Reuters quoted him as saying. “The regime has accepted but it wants the transitional governing body to be discussed at the end. We want it at the beginning.” Neither the government nor the UN have immediately confirmed the statement.

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#Bahrain : ” Court Shutters `Shiite Muslim Cleric’s Council’ and `Functioning Outside’ the Law”

#AceWorldNews `Bahrain Closes Shiite Clerics’ Council’

Ace News Desk A Bahraini court on Wednesday shuttered a Shiite Muslim clerics’ council. Authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom earlier accused it of politicization and illegal operations. The court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets following a lawsuit by the ministry of justice, Islamic affairs and endowment, AFP reported, citing a judicial source.

In September, the ministry said that the office had been “functioning outside the law.” The verdict came as authorities crack down on opposition action by Shiites. They make up the majority of the population.


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#AceNewsDesk : `Headlines – 29 January 2014′

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Three Killed in Karachi

3 members of Pakistan security forces killed in separate Karachi attacks

Three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Karachi, AP reported. Assailants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary rangers in the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi on Wednesday, killing one of them, senior police officer Amir Farooqi said. Minutes later, a roadside bomb wounded three security personnel in the same area. A suicide bomber blew himself up about an hour later, outside the headquarters of the paramilitary rangers, killing one ranger and a private guard.

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically-induced coma,

Schumacher put into phase of ‘gradual awakening’ – reports

Formula One championMichael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically induced coma, the BBC reported, citing his manager. He remains in a stable condition after a skiing accident on December 29, and a leading British neurosurgeon suggested Schumacher could still make a full recovery. Meanwhile, doctors at the Neurosurgery Department at a hospital in Grenoble cited positive changes in Schumacher’s condition. L’Equipe newspaper reported that Schumacher was placed into the phase of “gradual awakening.” Doctors say it is too early to diagnose his recovery at this stage.

37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official

Philippine military says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official said Wednesday. The militants are opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said that 12 of the slain rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement have been identified in a village in southern Maguindanao province, AP reported. However, rebel spokesman Abu Misry disputed the military report, saying that no one was killed and only seven of fighters have been wounded in army shelling and helicopter rocket fire. One soldier died and several were wounded Tuesday by home-made bombs hidden around a mosque.

Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday

2 anti-graft activists convicted in China

A Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets. Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Yuan was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term, Reuters said. The ruling is part of the government’s 10-month drive on the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’, which advocates working within the system to press for change. The new convictions came three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Iran

​Turkish PM visits Iran to talk trade, Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran in a bid to mend relations strained by the Syrian civil war, in which Ankara and Tehran have been supporting opposing parties. The PM has arrived on Tuesday evening accompanied by his foreign, energy and economy ministers, marking what Iranian government described as a new phase of contact. He will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


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#Kiev : ” Tense Ceasefire in the `Ukraine’ as the `Protester’s and Police’ Stand Waiting for `Outcome’ of Negotiations”

#AceNewsServices say “Ceasefire in Ukraine: Barricades doused out, violence an inch from reigniting”

Published time: January 22, 2014 19:15
Edited time: January 23, 2014 11:26
January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)January 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)
January 23, 2014. (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

A tense ceasefire was announced in Kiev on the fifth day of violence, with radical protesters and riot police holding their position. Opposition leaders are negotiating with the government, but doubts remain that they will be able to stop the rioters.

Read RT’s live updates from Ukraine.

A ‘quiet period’ has been negotiated between police and opposition activists until 8pm local time (18:00 GMT), opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said.

He promised he will be in Grushevskogo Street by the end of the ceasefire to report to the protesters on the meeting he and other opposition leader’s are to have with President Viktor Yanukovich. The protesters promised to restrain from violence.

Eyewitnesses reported that the radical activists indeed stopped pelting police cordon with stones and firecrackers, which they had done for hours. Footage from the scene shows white steam clouds rising from where barricade’s of tires were previously burning.

Klitschko said police will not use stun grenades during the truce.

The meeting with the president will focus on the opposition’s demands to cancel a package of laws,which they see as dictatorial and draconian, Klitschko said. He added he will be demanding the resignation of the cabinet of ministers and an early presidential election.

“The chances are small, but they exist,” he said.

The previous round of negotiations on Wednesday failed to produce any tangible results. After this, the opposition threatened “to go on the offensive”, while the government recommended them “to be more modest in their ultimatums.”

It is not clear whether the talks, even if successful, will be enough to stop the rioting activists. Previously they defied the moderate opposition leaders, including Klichko, who was doused with a fire extinguisher on Sunday, as he was trying to stop rampaging radical fighters from attacking police officers.

Protesters remain in Grushevskogo Street, the scene of a days-long intensive confrontation with “radical anti-government activists” in the vicinity of the Ukrainian parliament building. Rioters were burning tires, smashing up streets and erecting barricades throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Throughout the evening, police have held their line, attempting to put out fires with water cannons. After four days of protests, the center of the Ukrainian capital continues to resemble a war zone, with smoke, barricades, and debris all around.

Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk said he is grateful for the patience that police officers and the Berkut unit have shown while confronting rioters on Grushevskogo Street.

“I am grateful to the guys and Berkut, who are standing there now. I do not condone nor approve of the fact that they cleared out the students on November 30, although the right thing to do would be to criticize the person who gave out the order,” Kravchuk said in a Forbes opinion piece. “Now they are going through an incredible challenge: being beaten up, having stones and burning mixtures thrown at them, and they stand there and endure. Not many countries have military who would tolerate such a treatment in a similar situation.”

January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)January 22, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)

Wednesday’s clashes between rioters and police intensified in the afternoon after riot police cleared Grushevskogo Street.

Footage from the Ukrainian capital showed hundreds of police officers using tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades against the protesters, in what is believed to be the largest dispersal to take place since the latest outbreak of violence began. Some clashes involved policemen snatching individual rioters from the crowd and brutally beating them.

RIA Novosti / Andrey SteninRIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin

Demonstrators responded with an intense barrage of stones and Molotov cocktails, briefly disrupting police advancement. Berkut special police forces were forced to retreat due to heavy smoke from burning tires.

Two protesters have been killed and hundreds of others wounded during the past four days of clashes. Almost 200 officers have sustained injuries.

January 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)January 22, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatolii Boiko)

Shocking footage showed rioters armed with sticks and flares attacking cordons of security forces surrounding government buildings. Donned in orange helmets, the protesters threw stones, debris, and Molotovs directly at police.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video showing a group of officers being suddenly attacked from behind a fence on Monday.

Petrol bombs are being thrown in the middle of the cordons, settling police uniforms on fire.

As tensions continued to run high in the violent standoff in Kiev on Wednesday, some police officers were seen throwing Molotov cocktails at crowds of protesters.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov said on Wednesday that police were not given any additional instructions on the use of force against the protesters. Conversely, procedures now in place ensure the minimal use of force against only the most violent rioters. “Instructions given to law enforcement authorities were simple: avoid the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, and prevent violent seizure of government buildings and institutions,” Azarov said in the BBC interview.

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#AceNewsDesk : ” World News – Latest Headlines – 22 January 2014″

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Israel – Palestine – Gaza Strip – Syria – Bashar Assad – Al Qaeda – Germany – Latvia – Saudi – United States – Ukraine – Security – Cyber-Crime    


Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Jerusalem ‘planning attacks’ for Al-Qaeda

Israel has arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for Al-Qaeda, with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as Russian tourists, the Shin Bet intelligence agency said. The men were recruited by another Al-Qaeda agent in the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported. Hamas Islamists governing Gaza rejected the spy agency’s account as “silly fabrications” and described it as an attempt to justify Israeli military strikes in the territory.


Syria govt, opposition to start talks in Geneva on Friday – UN

Delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition will start bilateral talks on Friday, Itar-Tass reported, citing the UN secretary-general’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky. UN chief Ban Ki-moon earlier met with representatives of the Syrian opposition. He will also meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.


German cyber crime watchdog knew of mass cyber theft

Germany’s cyber crime watchdog said on Wednesday it had learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said it required weeks of investigation before alerting the public, AFP reported. Cyber criminals stole email addresses and matching passwords, which could also compromise linked social media, shopping and other online services.


Assad ‘won’t step down’ – Syrian minister

President Bashar Assad will not step down, as demanded by some of the international powers, Syria’s Information Minister said on Wednesday. “Assad isn’t going,” AFP quoted Omaran Zoabi as saying on the sidelines of peace talks in the Swiss resort of Montreux. The Syrian opposition had just before called on the Syrian leader to hand over power to a transitional government.


Straujuma becomes Latvia’s first female PM

Latvian lawmakers have confirmed the country’s first government led by a female prime minister, Laimdota Straujuma. Sixty-four votes were cast in favor of the center-right government, while 27 were against on Wednesday, AP reported. Straujuma, 62, a long-time civil servant, is a compromise figure after Latvia’s president rejected several other candidates. She joined the senior coalition party Unity earlier this month to take the post. The previous government of Valdis Dombrovskis resigned in November after a supermarket roof collapse killed 54 people.


No role for Assad in Syria transition – Saudi FM

There can be no role in Syria’s transition for President Bashar Assad and those whose hands are “stained in blood,” Reuters quoted Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as saying on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference on Syria in Switzerland, Prince Saud called for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria, including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and Iranian Revolutionary Guards. They are backing the Syrian government against rebel forces.


US revokes Ukrainian officials’ visas for crushing protesters

The US has revoked the visas of several Ukrainian citizens who were allegedly linked to violent actions against the protestors in Kiev in November and December 2013. Their names were not disclosed due to US confidential policy. The US Embassy in Kiev said it is considering further sanctions against people responsible for violence in Kiev.

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#AceNewsDesk : “World News – Headlines – Good Morning – 22 January 2014”

Ace News Group Hong Kong – Vatican – Pakistan – Israel – Thailand – Gulf Spill – Gaza Strip – Pussy Riot – Russia – United States – Joe Biden – Liberation of Palestine   


Hong Kong charges woman in Indonesian maid abuse case

Hong Kong police have charged a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid as well two other former domestic helpers. Police filed a holding charge on Wednesday consisting of two counts of wounding, one of common assault and three of criminal intimidation against 44-year-old Law Wan-tung, AP said. An in-depth investigation was conducted after injuries suffered by the victim, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, sparked outrage. Sulistyaningsih, who worked in Hong Kong for only eight months, went home to Indonesia.


Vatican bank asks Italy to resume normal relations

The Vatican bank asked Italy on Wednesday to resume normal banking relations, which have been effectively frozen since 2010, Reuters said. The bank said it had made great progress with new anti-money laundering provisions. Italian banks stopped dealing with the Vatican bank after the central bank told them they had to enforce strict anti-money laundering criteria if they wanted to continue transacting with it.


​At least 7 killed as bomb hits Pakistan police patrol

At least seven people, including one child, have been killed and 11 others injured after a bomb exploded near a police van which was used to provide security for a polio vaccination drive, officials have said. The explosion occurred in Charsadda district in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The 4-5kg bomb was planted on a bicycle, said senior police official. The blast came hours after a car bomb, detonated near a convoy of buses in western Pakistan, killed at least 18 Shiite pilgrims.


Israel airstrike kills 2 Gaza gunmen

Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an airstrike on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The dead men belonged to armed faction Palestinian Islamic Jihad, residents said. The group claimed one man, Ahmed Al-Za’anin, as its own, and did not immediately comment on the other’s affiliation. Israel’s military confirmed the airstrike in Beit Hanoun. Za’anin had carried out numerous attacks, the military said, including the launch of rockets into southern Israel as late former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was being buried there last week.


Senior Thai pro-government leader shot, injured – police

Kwanchai Praipana, a leader of Thailand’s pro-government “red shirt” movement sustained bullet-wounds to the arm and leg in a drive-by shooting in the northeastern town of Udon Thani, police said adding that it appeared to be “a politically-motivated crime.” “From what we saw on CCTV, a bronze pickup truck drove by and several rounds were fired at the house,” Police Colonel Kowit Tharoenwattanasuk told Reuters. This incident could raise even more tension in Thailand after PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s government declared a state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, suggesting a more aggressive policy toward protesters who have sought to overthrow the government over the past two months.


​Ex-Halliburton manager gets probation for destruction of evidence in Gulf spill case

Anthony Badalamenti, a former Halliburton cementing technology director, has been sentenced to one year of probation for instructing two other employees to delete data during a review of the cement job on the BP-run well, which saw an explosion in 2010 that killed 11 people. The court ruled that he also has to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. Badalamenti, 62, faced a maximum of one year in prison when US District Judge sentenced him Tuesday. Halliburton was the cement contractor for BP on the Deepwater Horizon rig. The blow out resulted in the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the industry.


​Israel kills Gaza man blamed for shooting rockets during Sharon funeral

Israel killed two Gaza men in an airstrike on Wednesday, claiming one of them shot a rocket over the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week. The men were initially believed to be members of Islamic Jihad, an armed group resistant to the Gaza Strip’s Hamas government for nurturing the ceasefire with Israel. The Israeli military said the target, Ahmed Al-Az’anin, was actually a former Islamic Jihad member now part of the more secular Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine. The military said Za’anin launched rockets – resulting in no casualties – into southern Israel on Jan. 15 during Sharon’s funeral ceremony, which was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden. The second man was Za’anin’s relative. They were in a parked car when the missile struck in Beit Hanoun, locals told Reuters.


Pussy Riot to perform in Amnesty Intl concert in New York City

Pussy Riot will appear at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn, New York on February 5, the organization announced on Tuesday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two members of the activist musical group, were released from Russian prisons last month after being sentenced to two years in a penal colony for “inciting religious hatred” at a performance in country’s main Orthodox cathedral in 2012. Other artists appearing at the concert – which will benefit international prisoners locked up for their beliefs, race, gender, or sexual orientation – include Cake, the Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, and others.


Bomb defused in Russia’s Dagestan

Local authorities successfully defused a bomb found near the administrative building in Ashaga Stal village in the Suleiman Stalsky district of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted local law enforcement as saying. “A homemade explosive device was successfully defused with the hydrodynamic defuser. The bomb’s capacity was 5-7 kg of TNT,” the source said. Everyone in the building was safely evacuated beforehand.


​US condemns report of ‘systematic’ killings by Syrian regime

Photographic evidence of the torture and killing of thousands of prisoners in Syria implicates international crimes by President Bashar Assad’s government, the US State Department said on Tuesday. The photos, allegedly taken by a Syrian military police photographer who defected, show “clear evidence” of the widespread torture and killing of 11,000 detainees, three former international prosecutors said in a report based on some 55,000 digital images commissioned by Syrian opposition supporter Qatar. “As we said before, the Syrian regime is responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. “These most recent images…are extremely disturbing. They’re horrible to look at. And they illustrate apparent actions that would be serious international crimes,” she added. Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP that “This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying,” adding that the investigation of such serious allegations is necessary.


Militant leader killed in Russia’s Dagestan

Russian police killed a suspected Islamist militant leader in a shootout on Tuesday in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti quoted the country’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee as saying. The suspect was identified as Eldar Magatov, the leader of a militant group in the Babayurt district of Dagestan. The militant was discovered hiding in a house with two women and children. Police negotiated the release of civilians from the house. Magatov refused to surrender and opened fire. None of the police officers were injured during the operation. Magatov was wanted for committing crimes such as extortion, bombings and attempted assassinations of police officers and officials in Dagestan and neighboring Chechnya.

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