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Israeli Tanks Shell UN School In Gaza, 15 Dead, Dozens Wounded

24/07/2014 15:22 | Updated 24 July 2014

Israeli tank shells have hit a compound housing a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

Pools of blood stained the school courtyard in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, amid scattered books and belongings. There was a large scorch mark in the courtyard marking the place where one of the tank shells hit. Dozens of people, including children were wheeled into a nearby hospital as sirens wailed.

The strike occurred during a day of heavy fighting throughout the coastal territory as Israel pressed ahead with its operation to halt rocket fire from Gaza and destroy a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area.

The Israeli military said it was reviewing the incident, saying that rockets launched by Hamas had landed in the Beit Hanoun area during fighting with its forces, and that those rockets may be responsible for the deaths.

Israel insists it does its utmost to prevent civilian casualties but says Hamas puts Palestinians in danger by hiding arms and fighters in civilian areas. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned the violence, saying Israel was targeting displaced people and "committing massacres."

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness called on all sides "to respect the sanctity of civilian life, but also the inviolability of U.N. property."

It was the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since the Israeli operation began on July 8. UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, has said it has found militant rockets inside two vacant schools.

Six members of the same family and an 18-month-old infant boy were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit the Jebaliya refugee camp in the early morning hours, according to Gaza police and health officials. Twenty others were injured in the strike, they said, and rescuers were digging through the rubble of flattened homes, looking for survivors.

An airstrike on a home in the southern Gaza town of Abassan killed five members of another family, said Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. Abassan is near Khan Younis, in an area that saw intense fighting on Wednesday.

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Blood and and discarded belongings are left behind at a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of more than 751 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation it says is aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels. Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Thursday urged Hamas to agree on an immediate humanitarian cease-fire and said Israel and Palestinian Authority could then come together to hold talks.

"Hamas must agree to a humanitarian cease-fire without preconditions for the sake of the people in Gaza," he said during a news conference after meetings with Egyptian officials in Cairo. "We are greatly concerned by ongoing heavy humanitarian crisis and the loss of lives."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, made no reference to the cease-fire efforts in underscoring his determination to neutralize the rocket and tunnel threats.

More than 2,000 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since July 8, and the Israeli military says it has uncovered more than 30 tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel, some of which have been used by Hamas to carry out attacks.

"We started this operation to return peace and quiet to Israel... And we shall return it," Netanyahu said after meeting with Hammond earlier Thursday in Israel.

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    Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, cry as they lay on the floor at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip,Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Palestinian medics wheel a wounded boy into the Nasser hospital following an Israeli air strike near his home in Khan Younis, the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian youth carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian boy cries after watching his wounded relatives being rushed to emergency rooms at the Nasser hospital following an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis, the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian man carries a wounded woman to an emergency room at the Nasser hospital following an Israeli air strike near her home, in Khan Younis, the southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, is treated at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian youth, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries in pain as he is treated at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cry as they lay on the floor at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cry as they lay on the floor at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cry as they lay on the floor of the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, is wheeled into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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    A pool of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014, after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell.
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    A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows buildings following an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City, on July 24, 2014.
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    A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows buildings following an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City, on July 24, 2014.
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    Blood is seen among school desks in a UN-operated school after an Israeli attack in Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza strip, 24 July 2014.
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    Blood is seen among school desks in a UN-operated school after an Israeli attack in Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza strip, 24 July 2014.
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    Sheep stand near a pool of blood at a UN-operated school after an Israeli attack in Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza strip, 24 July 2014.

08/08/2014 2:47 PM EDT

White House Concerned By Renewed Fighting

From Reuters:

The White House on Friday urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume talks and do what they can to protect civilians after Egyptian-mediated negotiations failed to extend a ceasefire and rocket fire resumed.

"The United States is very concerned about today's developments in Gaza," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

"We condemn the renewed rocket fire and we are concerned about the safety and security of civilians on both sides of that conflict," he said.

08/08/2014 1:42 PM EDT

Official: 5 Palestinians Killed In Gaza

Five Palestinians, including a 10-year-old boy, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza since a ceasefire fell apart on Friday, a Palestinian medical official reported to Agence France Presse.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said Palestinian militants fired 35 rockets into Israel on Friday, injuring a soldier and a civilian.

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The father of a ten-year old Palestinian boy, who was killed in an Israeli air strike on the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in northern Gaza City, mourns at the city's Al-Shifa hospital, on August 8, 2014. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

08/08/2014 9:23 AM EDT

Palestinian Delegation Says Gaza Talks Will Continue

From Reuters:

Palestinian factions will remain in Cairo and press on with Egyptian-mediated talks despite the end of the ceasefire in Gaza, the head of the delegation, Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, said on Friday.

"We are not for escalation. We are ready to continue through our Egyptian brothers in negotiating to reach a final agreement that would return the rights to their owners," Ahmed said. "I mean here lifting the blockade of Gaza."

Ahmed said Palestinian negotiators were due to meet Egyptian intelligence officials, who have been mediating the talks, later in the day. He said Palestinian factions were united in their decision not to extend the 72-hour truce that ended at 0500 GMT and had been clear about their basic demands to end the conflict.

08/08/2014 9:13 AM EDT

Egypt: Agreement Close In Gaza Talks

Reuters reports:

Egypt called on Friday for an immediate resumption of the ceasefire in Gaza and a return to the negotiating table, saying that only a few outstanding issues remained in negotiations it was mediating between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The foreign ministry calls on all sides to rise to their responsibilities ... and to return immediately to the ceasefire commitment and exploit the opportunity available to resume negotiations on the very limited sticking points that remain in the fastest possible time," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

08/08/2014 3:58 AM EDT

Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Resume

08/08/2014 3:02 AM EDT

Cease-Fire Ends With New Rocket Attacks

A 72-hour cease-fire expired at 8 a.m. today, and not long after, Gaza militants began firing rockets at Israel, The Associated Press reported.

The Israeli military said at least 10 rockets had been fired at Israel since the truce ended. Prior to the attacks, a senior official for Hamas said the militant groups would not extend the cease-fire.

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08/06/2014 2:46 PM EDT

Official: Israel Agrees To Extend Ceasefire

From Reuters:

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official did not say for how much longer Israel had agreed to extend the truce, only that: "Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms," referring to the deal brokered by Egypt that took effect on Tuesday.

Hamas had no immediate comment.

08/06/2014 2:12 PM EDT

IDF: Rocket Sirens Were False Alarm

08/06/2014 1:18 PM EDT

Report: Rocket Sirens Sound At Gaza Border

ABC Foreign Editor Jon Williams reports that the IDF have confirmed the rocket sirens are sounding, but are checking to see if it is a false alarm.

08/05/2014 4:20 PM EDT

Israel Arrests Kidnapping Suspect

Reuters reports that Israel has arrested one of the suspects in the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June.

Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 in connection with the killing of Israelis Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who went missing on June 12 and were discovered dead a couple of weeks later.

Their kidnapping sparked a cycle of violence that led to the month-long conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Kawasme's arrest was made public for the first time on Tuesday in a document from an Israeli court case over whether houses belonging to him and two other suspects - who remain at large - should be destroyed as a punitive measure.

The lawyers listed as representing Kawasme were not reachable for comment.

The court document said Kawasme had admitted to helping to organize the kidnapping - securing funding from the Hamas Islamist group in Gaza and purchasing weapons which he passed on to the two other suspects who carried out the attack.

Kawasme also helped to bury the bodies of the teenagers in a plot of land he had bought a few months earlier, it said.

Israel has named the other two suspects in the case as Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha.

Our concern is that people r leaving UNRWA shelters in #Gaza & returning 2 damaged & dangerous homes. Many homes feared destroyed RT

— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) August 5, 2014

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People are beginning to leave UNRWA shelters in #Gaza. 4 the 1st time there is a slight decrease in numbers: 267,970 in 90 UNRWA shelters RT

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From Reuters:

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was \"clear evidence\" of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors on Tuesday to push for an investigation.

Malki visited The Hague shortly after Israel and the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza entered a 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt in an effort to pave the way for an extended ceasefire.

Malki said the Palestinian Authority wanted to give the ICC jurisdiction to investigate alleged crimes by all sides and had discussed a timeline with prosecutors to join the court. He did not provide details.

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From Reuters:

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Shajaiyah in Gaza. Staggering level of destruction. Families having to rebuild....again. pic.twitter.com/fGfykUwA4K

— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) August 5, 2014

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Shajaiyah in Gaza. Staggering level of destruction. Families having to rebuild....again. pic.twitter.com/fGfykUwA4K

— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) Read More"},{"id":"806","created":"08/05/2014 5:26 AM EDT","title":"Senior British Foreign Office Minister Resigns","tweet_link":"806_senior-british-foreign-office-minister-resigns","entry_text":"

Sayeeda Warsi, senior minister of state at the British Foreign Office, has tendered her resignation because she can \"no longer support\" the country's policy on Gaza, BBC News reported.

Warsi took to Twitter to confirm the news:

With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza

— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) August 5, 2014

Click here for more.

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BREAKING: 3-day truce between Israel, Hamas takes effect, sets stage for talks on sustainable cease-fire

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 5, 2014

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BREAKING: 3-day truce between Israel, Hamas takes effect, sets stage for talks on sustainable cease-fire

— The Associated Press (@AP) A...Read More"},{"id":"804","created":"08/05/2014 12:48 AM EDT","title":"Israel Withdrawing Troops From Gaza","tweet_link":"804_israel-withdrawing-troops-from-gaza","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Israeli military: All forces will have withdrawn from Gaza by start of cease-fire at 8 a.m.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 5, 2014

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BREAKING: Israeli military: All forces will have withdrawn from Gaza by start of cease-fire at 8 a.m.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Augu...Read More"},{"id":"803","created":"08/04/2014 5:26 PM EDT","title":"Reuters: Hamas Also Agrees To Ceasefire","tweet_link":"803_reuters-hamas-also-agrees-to-ceasefire","entry_text":"

A spokesman for Hamas told Reuters that the Islamist group also agrees to a Egyptian ceasefire proposal.

\"Hamas told Egypt a short while ago of its acceptance of a 72-hour period of calm,\" Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters.

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A spokesman for Hamas told Reuters that the Islamist group also agrees to a Egyptian ceasefire proposal.

\"Hamas told Egypt a short while ago of its acce...Read More"},{"id":"802","created":"08/04/2014 4:32 PM EDT","title":"Official: Israel Agrees To Ceasefire","tweet_link":"802_official-israel-agrees-to-ceasefire","entry_text":"

An Israeli official says Israel has agreed to a temporary Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, Reuters reports.

#BREAKING: Israel agrees to Egyptian ceasefire proposal: Israeli official

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 4, 2014

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An Israeli official says Israel has agreed to a temporary Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, Reuters reports.

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Egypt is urging senior Israeli and Palestinian delegations to join in talks on a permanent ceasefire for Gaza in the Egyptian capital, Reuters reports. Cairo also calls on Palestinians and Israelis to accept a proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire that would start tomorrow morning.

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Egypt is urging senior Israeli and Palestinian delegations to join in talks on a permanent ceasefire for Gaza in the Egyptian capital, Reuters reports. Cairo also...Read More"},{"id":"800","created":"08/04/2014 3:29 PM EDT","title":"Ceasefire Agreement?","tweet_link":"800_ceasefire-agreement","entry_text":"

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Palestinian factions have agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire that would start tomorrow morning. While Palestinians officials have said Israel agreed to the truce as well, there is no official response from the Israeli government yet.

Read more here.

Egypt, Hamas, PIJ and the Palestinian authority all confirm Gaza ceasefire tomorrow morning. The Israeli government says silent

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 4, 2014

Palestinian factions are in Egypt for ceasefire negotiations. There is no Israeli delegation there, Israeli officials say. #CBC #Gaza

— Derek Stoffel (@DerekStoffelCBC) August 4, 2014

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Britain is investigating the possible death of one of its citizens in Gaza, Reuters reports on Monday. The country's Foreign Office said it had received reports a British national was killed in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.

More from Reuters:

(Reuters) - Britain is \"urgently\" investigating reports that a British national was killed in Gaza over the weekend, a spokesman for the British government said on Monday.

Britain sought to establish the man's fate as a brief Israeli truce to allow aid to reach Palestinians ended amid accusations of strikes by both sides, while Jerusalem was rocked by two attacks that appeared to be a backlash against the war in Gaza.

Citing friends of the man, British media reported that an aid worker from Rochdale in northern England had been killed on Sunday during an Israeli strike on Rafah while he was delivering supplies for a hospital.

\"We are aware of the reports of the death of a British national in Rafah and are urgently looking into them,\" a spokesman for the Foreign Office said.

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Britain is investigating the possible death of one of its citizens in Gaza, Reuters reports on Monday. The country's Foreign Office said it had received reports a British national was killed in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.

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#BREAKING Israel says it has destroyed all known Gaza tunnels

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 4, 2014

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#BREAKING Israel says it has destroyed all known Gaza tunnels

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The number of displaced Palestinians seeking shelter at UN facilities has topped 270,000.

BREAKING: The number of displaced Palestinian civilians in our shelters has risen to 272,987. Our 90 shelters average 3,033 people each.

— UNRWA (@UNRWA) August 4, 2014

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The number of displaced Palestinians seeking shelter at UN facilities has topped 270,000.

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A spokesperson for the Israeli army reportedly told Agence France Presse that Israel is resuming its airstrikes in Gaza.

#Israel: IDF spokesman Peter Lerner has told AFP that Israel is resuming its strikes in #Gaza after a partial 7 hour ceasefire today

— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) August 4, 2014

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A spokesperson for the Israeli army reportedly told Agence France Presse that Israel is resuming its airstrikes in Gaza.

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In a statement released on Monday, Human Rights Watch accused Israeli troops of having opened fire and killing several fleeing civilians in the town of Khuza'a in southern Gaza. The international human rights group says the incidents took place between July 23 and July 25.

Human Rights Watch investigated several incidents between July 23 and 25 when, local residents said, Israeli forces opened fire on civilians trying to flee Khuza’a, but no Palestinian fighters were present at the time and no firefights were taking place.

On the morning of July 23, Israeli forces ordered a group of about 100 Palestinians in Khuza’a to leave a home in which they had gathered to take shelter, family members said. The first member to leave the house, Shahid al-Najjar, had his hands up but an Israeli soldier shot him in the jaw, seriously injuring him.

Israeli soldiers detained the men and boys over age 15 in an area close to the Gaza perimeter fence. Based on statements from witnesses and news reports, some were taken to Israel for questioning. Israeli forces released others that day, in small separate groups. As one group walked unarmed to Khan Younis, Israeli soldiers fired on them, killing one and wounding two others.

Read the briefing here.

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A gunmen opened fire near Jerusalem's Hebrew University, hitting a soldier in the stomach. It was the second incident in the Israeli capital this morning. Earlier, a man drove a construction vehicle into a bus.

Haaretz reports:

According to a preliminary investigation of the Mt. Scopus incident, a man dressed in black shot a 20-year-old soldier in the stomach, wounding him seriously, got on a motorcycle that was waiting for him and fled the scene. A security guard standing nearby shot at the suspect, but failed to hit him. Security forces are attempting to apprehend the attacker.

Read the full story here.

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A gunmen opened fire near Jerusalem's Hebrew University, hitting a soldier in the stomach. It was the second incident in the Israeli capital this morning. Earlier, a man drove a construction vehicle into a bus.

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Ynet reports that several Palestinians were arrested on Monday during clashes with police at the al-Aqsa mosque. According to the newspaper, the protesters threw stones and fireworks at police forces and set up blockades at the entrances of the compound.

Read the full story here.

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More detail emerge about the attack on a bus in Jerusalem earlier on Monday.

The Associated Press reports:

JERUSALEM (AP) — An attacker rammed the front end of a massive construction excavator into an Israeli bus on Monday, overturning the vehicle before he was shot and killed by a police officer, authorities said. Police said one person was seriously injured.

Police called the incident a \"terrorist attack,\" indicating that they suspected Palestinian involvement.

Israel's Channel 10 TV showed cellphone video of what it said was the attack. The video showed the yellow construction vehicle slamming the large shovel on its front end into the bus. Israeli media said there were several injuries, including passengers and pedestrians.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a police officer in the area opened fire and killed the attacker.

In the past, Palestinian attackers have gone on deadly rampages with bulldozers in Jerusalem traffic.

Tensions have been high between Arabs and Jews in the region amid a monthlong war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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More detail emerge about the attack on a bus in Jerusalem earlier on Monday.

The Associated Press reports:
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Queuing for bread in gaza. In short supply. No power to heat ovens. pic.twitter.com/8427rOZvMq

— Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) August 4, 2014

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Queuing for bread in gaza. In short supply. No power to heat ovens. pic.twitter.com/8427rOZvMq

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From the Associated Press:

Israel's right to security does not justify the \"massacre\" of civilians, France's foreign minister said Monday in unusually harsh language against a close ally. The French president said Gaza was among the wars that called into question any ability to remain neutral.

\"How many more deaths must there be to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza? The tradition of friendship between France and Israel is old and Israel's right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the massacre of civilians,\" Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Read the full story here.

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From the Associated Press:

Israel's right to security does not justify the \"massacre\" of civilians, France's for...Read More"},{"id":"789","created":"08/04/2014 7:09 AM EDT","title":"Palestinians Accuse Israel Of Breaking Truce","tweet_link":"789_palestinians-accuse-israel-of-breaking-truce","entry_text":"

Palestinians say Israel has broken its 7-hour truce by launching a bomb attack on a house in Gaza City Monday morning.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra told Reuters the strike took place after the truce was scheduled to start. The attack reportedly killed an 8-year-old girl and injured 29 others.

For more, click here.

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Palestinians say Israel has broken its 7-hour truce by launching a bomb attack on a house in Gaza City Monday morning.

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A 7-hour humanitarian cease-fire declared by Israel began Monday in Gaza.

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 4, 2014

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A 7-hour humanitarian cease-fire declared by Israel began Monday in Gaza.

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 4, 2014

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Just hours before Israel's proposed seven-hour ceasefire, the military launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Monday and killed a militant leader.

According to The Associated Press, Daniel Mansour, the commander of the Islamic Jihad group -- a close ally of Hamas rulers -- died when the strike hit his home just before dawn.

Click here for more.

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Just hours before Israel's proposed seven-hour ceasefire, the military launched an airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Monday and killed a militant leader.

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Reuters reports:

Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost four-week-old war to go back to home.

The announcement, made first to Palestinian media, met with suspicion from Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists and followed unusually strong censure from Washington at the apparent Israeli shelling on Sunday of a U.N.-run shelter that killed 10 people.

Read more here.

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Reuters reports:

Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entr...Read More"},{"id":"785","created":"08/03/2014 6:41 PM EDT","title":"Most Israeli Ground Troops Withdrawn From Gaza Strip","tweet_link":"785_most-israeli-ground-troops-withdrawn-from-gaza-strip","entry_text":"

From The Associated Press:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy fighting raged in parts of Gaza, with at least 10 people killed in what U.N. and Palestinian officials said was an Israeli airstrike near a U.N. shelter. The United States lashed out at Israel, saying it was \"appalled\" by the \"disgraceful\" attack.

Read more here.

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From The Associated Press:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Stri...Read More"},{"id":"784","created":"08/03/2014 6:40 PM EDT","title":"Israel Announces 7-Hour Ceasefire","tweet_link":"784_israel-announces-7hour-ceasefire","entry_text":"

#BREAKING Israel announces 7-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 3, 2014

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#BREAKING Israel announces 7-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"783","created":"08/03/2014 2:07 PM EDT","title":"Full Statement Of The US Condemning Strike On UN School","tweet_link":"783_full-statement-of-the-us-condemning-strike-on-un-school","entry_text":"

From Time reporter Zeke Miller:

Full @statedeptspox statement: pic.twitter.com/pIfSQxF6Kq

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 3, 2014

","short_text":"

From Time reporter Zeke Miller:

Full @statedeptspox statement: pic.twitter.com/pIfSQxF6Kq

&mdash...Read More"},{"id":"782","created":"08/03/2014 2:05 PM EDT","title":"Read The UNRWA Statement On Shelling Of UN School","tweet_link":"782_read-the-unrwa-statement-on-shelling-of-un-school","entry_text":"

The UNRWA has released a statement condemning the Israeli strike on a UN School in Gaza. In the document they state that \"as many as nine people were killed, including an UNRWA guard, and 27 were injured.\"

Read the full document here.

","short_text":"

The UNRWA has released a statement condemning the Israeli strike on a UN School in Gaza. In the document they state that \"as many as nine people were killed, including an UNRWA guard, and 27 were injured.\"

Read the full document Read More"},{"id":"781","created":"08/03/2014 1:59 PM EDT","title":"Report: Israel Confirms It Fired On Target Near UN School","tweet_link":"781_report-israel-confirms-it-fired-on-target-near-un-school","entry_text":"

#BREAKING Israel confirms it fired on target near Gaza school

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) August 3, 2014

","short_text":"

#BREAKING Israel confirms it fired on target near Gaza school

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) Read More"},{"id":"780","created":"08/03/2014 1:56 PM EDT","title":"US Condemns Israeli Shelling Of UN School","tweet_link":"780_us-condemns-israeli-shelling-of-un-school","entry_text":"

Associated Press writer Phil Elliott:

WASHINGTON (AP) - The US condemns Israel's 'disgraceful' shelling of UN school in Gaza, calls attack 'appalling'

— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 3, 2014

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The US condemns Israel's 'disgraceful' shelling of UN school in Gaza, calls attack 'appalling'

— Phil...Read More"},{"id":"779","created":"08/03/2014 1:26 PM EDT","title":"Thousands Attend Funeral Of IDF Soldier","tweet_link":"779_thousands-attend-funeral-of-idf-soldier","entry_text":"

Thousands attend funeral of Lt. Hadar Goldin http://t.co/p5xr2XdWD5

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 3, 2014

","short_text":"

Thousands attend funeral of Lt. Hadar Goldin http://t.co/p5xr2XdWD5

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) Read More"},{"id":"778","created":"08/03/2014 1:06 PM EDT","title":"Shin Bet: Airstrike Kills Hamas Demolition Expert","tweet_link":"778_shin-bet-airstrike-kills-hamas-demolition-expert","entry_text":"

Haaretz reports:

Shin Bet: Gaza airstrike kills Hamas demolition expert, nephew of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh http://t.co/tTPmRIVWbl

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 3, 2014

","short_text":"

Haaretz reports:

Shin Bet: Gaza airstrike kills Hamas demolition expert, nephew of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh http://t.co/tTPmRIVWbl

— Haaretz.com...Read More"},{"id":"777","created":"08/03/2014 12:44 PM EDT","title":"UN Warns Of Humanitarian Disaster","tweet_link":"777_un-warns-of-humanitarian-disaster","entry_text":"

CBC News reports:

UN warns of 'rapidly unfolding' health disaster due to deteriorating access to emergency health services for 1.8M Palestinians in #Gaza.

— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) August 3, 2014

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CBC News reports:

UN warns of 'rapidly unfolding' health disaster due to deteriorating access to emergency health services for 1.8M Palestinians in Read More"},{"id":"776","created":"08/03/2014 10:02 AM EDT","title":"Rocket Sirens Heard In Tel Aviv","tweet_link":"776_rocket-sirens-heard-in-tel-aviv","entry_text":"

Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv #Israel #Gaza

— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) August 3, 2014

","short_text":"

Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv #Israel #Gaza

— Jon Williams (@Will...Read More"},{"id":"775","created":"08/03/2014 9:57 AM EDT","title":"Report: Israel Spied On John Kerry During Peace Effort","tweet_link":"775_report-israel-spied-on-john-kerry-during-peace-effort","entry_text":"

Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report http://t.co/gZ0NB85ApF

— Guardian news (@guardiannews) August 3, 2014

Read the full report by Der Spiegel here.

","short_text":"

Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report http://t.co/gZ0NB85ApF

— Guardian news (@guardiannews) Read More"},{"id":"774","created":"08/02/2014 7:27 PM EDT","title":"More On The Announcement About Hadar Goldin","tweet_link":"774_more-on-the-announcement-about-hadar-goldin","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

Israel's military has declared dead a soldier who was previously believed captured by Hamas gunmen in Gaza violence that shattered a temporary ceasefire.

The military announced early Sunday morning that 23-year-old Hadar Goldin of the Givati infantry brigade had been killed in battle on Friday.

Israel's defense minister, along with the chief military rabbi, met with the soldier's family at their home in the town of Kfar Saba.

Hundreds of well-wishers from around Israel gathered outside their home, praying and showing their support. There was an outpouring of grief among the crowd when the military's announcement was made public.

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The Associated Press reports:

Israel's military has declared dead a soldier who was previously believed captured by Hamas gunmen in Gaza violenc...Read More"},{"id":"773","created":"08/02/2014 7:09 PM EDT","title":"Israeli Army Declares Missing Soldier Dead","tweet_link":"773_israeli-army-declares-missing-soldier-dead","entry_text":"

Israeli military says soldier Hadar Goldin reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead http://t.co/8rhr4BhxZL

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 2, 2014

","short_text":"

Israeli military says soldier Hadar Goldin reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead http://t.co/8rhr4BhxZL

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) ...Read More"},{"id":"772","created":"08/02/2014 6:08 PM EDT","title":"Netanyahu: Operation Protective Edge In Gaza Continuing","tweet_link":"772_netanyahu-operation-protective-edge-in-gaza-continuing","entry_text":"

The Office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Friday night statement that the Israeli military's operations in Gaza would continue until its objectives of the \"restoration of quiet\" for the citizens of Israel.

Video of his statement:

Text of his statements was posted on the Facebook page of the Office Of The Prime Minister of Israel.

-- Andrew Hart

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The Office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Friday night statement that the Israeli military's operations in Gaza would co...Read More"},{"id":"771","created":"08/02/2014 4:46 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Shelling On Gaza Border","tweet_link":"771_photo-shelling-on-gaza-border","entry_text":"

\"gaza\"

An Israeli artillery cannon fires a shell on August 02, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

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\nAn Israeli artillery cannon fires a shell on August 02, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"770","created":"08/02/2014 4:11 PM EDT","title":"Netanyahu Praises U.S. Support","tweet_link":"770_netanyahu-praises-us-support","entry_text":"

Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quote Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

Netanyahu: The US has been terrific and has given us tremendous support during the Gaza crisis

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid)
August 2, 2014

Netanyahu: The reports about my phone call with President Obama were wrong in tone and in substance

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 2, 2014

Earlier, the Associated Press reported that Netanyahu had warned the Obama administration \"not to ever second guess me again\" regarding Hamas after a previous ceasefire collapsed.

","short_text":"

Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quote Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

Netanyahu: The US has been terrific and has given us tremendous support during the Gaza c...Read More"},{"id":"769","created":"08/02/2014 2:59 PM EDT","title":"Netanyahu: Hamas Will Pay 'Intolerable' Price For More Attacks","tweet_link":"769_netanyahu-hamas-will-pay-intolerable-price-for-more-attacks","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Saturday to exact an \"intolerable price\" from the Gaza Strip's dominant Hamas Islamists should there be continued attacks from the Palestinian territory.

\"We do not accept a continuation of the shooting,\" Netanyahu told reporters. \"It (Hamas) will have to understand, however long that takes, that it will pay an intolerable price, from its perspective, for continuation of the shooting.\"

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Saturday to exact an \"intolerable price\" from the Gaza Strip'...Read More"},{"id":"768","created":"08/02/2014 2:54 PM EDT","title":"More From Netanyahu's Press Conference","tweet_link":"768_more-from-netanyahus-press-conference","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israel is prepared to continue fighting Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip after the army completes its primary mission of destroying cross-border tunnels from the territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

\"After completing the anti-tunnel operation, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will act and continue to act, in accordance with our security needs and only according to our defense needs, until we achieve our objective of restoring security to you, Israel's citizens,\" he said in a televised speech.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israel is prepared to continue fighting Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip after the army completes its primary mis...Read More"},{"id":"767","created":"08/02/2014 2:35 PM EDT","title":"Netanyahu: Operation In Gaza To Continue","tweet_link":"767_netanyahu-operation-in-gaza-to-continue","entry_text":"

Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post Steve Linde tweets Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's press conference:

PM #Netanyahu: IDF continuing to operate at full force

— Steve Linde (@stevelinde) August 2, 2014

PM #Netanyahu: We are completing the destruction of Hamas tunnels in Gaza

— Steve Linde (@stevelinde) August 2, 2014

","short_text":"

Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post Steve Linde tweets Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's press conference:

PM #Netanyahu: IDF con...Read More"},{"id":"766","created":"08/02/2014 2:29 PM EDT","title":"Hamas Leader Says Group Rejected Israeli Troop Presence During Ceasefire","tweet_link":"766_hamas-leader-says-group-rejected-israeli-troop-presence-during-ceasefire","entry_text":"

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told CNN that the group had rejected a condition that Israel keep its forces inside Gaza and continue to destroy tunnels during a ceasefire period.

Meshaal said the U.S. and Israel were aware of Hamas' stance. \"We told everyone that this is our position. ... Therefore they are the ones who should be responsible for this,\" he told CNN.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told CNN that the group had rejected a condition that Israel keep its forces inside Gaza and continue to destroy tunnels during a...Read More"},{"id":"765","created":"08/02/2014 1:54 PM EDT","title":"Missing Soldier's Family To IDF: Don't Leave Gaza Without Him","tweet_link":"765_missing-soldiers-family-to-idf-dont-leave-gaza-without-him","entry_text":"

Family of missing officer Hadar Godlin in emotional presser calling IDF not to leave #Gaza without him.

— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) August 2, 2014

","short_text":"

Family of missing officer Hadar Godlin in emotional presser calling IDF not to leave #Gaza without him.

— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) Read More"},{"id":"764","created":"08/02/2014 1:26 PM EDT","title":"TV: Some Israeli Ground Forces Withdraw From Gaza","tweet_link":"764_tv-some-israeli-ground-forces-withdraw-from-gaza","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, two Israeli television stations reported, after the military said it was close to achieving its main war goal of destroying Hamas cross-border tunnels.

Asked about the reports, an Israeli military spokesman said she could not comment on troop deployments.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, two Israeli television...Read More"},{"id":"763","created":"08/02/2014 12:53 PM EDT","title":"More On Congress Approval For Iron Dome Funding","tweet_link":"763_more-on-congress-approval-for-iron-dome-funding","entry_text":"

The U.S. Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's \"Iron Dome\" missile defense system on Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The House of Representatives approved the funding by a 395-8 vote late on Friday, several hours after the Senate passed it unanimously.

The money would be used to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptor missiles, many of which have been used to shoot down short-range rockets fired from Gaza into populated areas of Israel in the current three-week-long conflict.

An earlier version of the funding plan had failed on Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a broader spending bill that was largely intended to provide money to handle the current immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

The U.S. Congress approved $225 million in emergency funding for Israel's \"Iron Dome\" missile defense system on Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The House of Representatives approved the funding by a 39...Read More"},{"id":"762","created":"08/02/2014 12:39 PM EDT","title":"Official: Egypt Increases Electricity To Gaza ","tweet_link":"762_official-egypt-increases-electricity-to-gaza-","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Egypt has increased the amount of electricity it provides to Gaza and urged Israel to repair power lines damaged during Israeli bombardment that has left at least one million people without electricity, an Egyptian official said on Saturday.

The official told Reuters that Egypt has added an extra seven megawatts to the 27 it feeds into Gaza and plans to increase that by 15 megawatts more in an effort to alleviate the electricity crisis.

","short_text":"

From Reuters:

Egypt has increased the amount of electricity it provides to Gaza and urged Israel to repair power lines da...Read More"},{"id":"761","created":"08/02/2014 12:35 PM EDT","title":"Israeli Official: No Point Trying To Reach Truce With Hamas","tweet_link":"761_israeli-official-no-point-trying-to-reach-truce-with-hamas","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Israeli official: 'No point' trying to reach truce with Hamas; won't send negotiators to Cairo.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 2, 2014

","short_text":"

BREAKING: Israeli official: 'No point' trying to reach truce with Hamas; won't send negotiators to Cairo.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Read More"},{"id":"760","created":"08/02/2014 12:08 PM EDT","title":"Israel Pulls Back Some Troops From Central Gaza","tweet_link":"760_israel-pulls-back-some-troops-from-central-gaza","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Israeli troops and tanks pulled out of a central sector of the Gaza Strip and moved closer to the border Saturday, as its military invited Palestinians to return to one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the coastal strip.

Israeli media reports Saturday suggested that the military planned to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza and declare victory in the weekslong war that Palestinian officials say has killed more than 1,650 people there.

Authorities in Israel, which has lost 63 soldiers and three civilians in the war, declined to immediately comment on the reports, but the move would mirror Israeli strategy in previous wars there.

","short_text":"

From the Associated Press:

Israeli troops and tanks pulled out of a central sector of the Gaza Strip and moved closer to the border Sat...Read More"},{"id":"759","created":"08/02/2014 11:55 AM EDT","title":"Israel: 47% Of Gaza Dead Were Combatants","tweet_link":"759_israel-47-of-gaza-dead-were-combatants","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Israel has evidence that almost half of Palestinians killed in the 25-day-old Gaza war were combatants, its deputy foreign minister said on Saturday, pushing back against international allegations of a lopsidedly heavy civilian death toll.

Gazan human rights groups say at least 80 percent of the 1,669 Palestinians killed have been non-combatants, including hundreds of children. The U.N. Human Rights Council last week accused the Israelis of \"disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks\" and launched an inquiry into possible war crimes.

Israel, which has lost 63 soldiers and 3 civilians to the fighting, says it has done everything possible to avoid harming innocents and that Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists invite such casualties by operating in densely populated areas.

\"There is research being done in the military, very professionally and reliably, (whose) conclusion is that at least 47% of the fatalities are terrorists, with photographs and names,\" Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel's Channel Two television, adding that the data would be presented to investigators.

","short_text":"

From Reuters:

Israel has evidence that almost half of Palestinians killed in the 25-day-old Gaza war were combatants, its deputy foreign minister said on Satur...Read More"},{"id":"758","created":"08/02/2014 11:29 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Yeats Poetry In Gaza","tweet_link":"758_photo-yeats-poetry-in-gaza","entry_text":"

Nick Casey, Middle East Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, posts a photo from the wreckage of the Islamic University in Gaza, hit by an Israeli airstrike earlier Saturday.

In the rubble at Islamic University was what looked like an essay on a poem called "Second Coming" by Yeates #Gaza pic.twitter.com/or02kvHFy4

— Nick Casey (@caseysjournal) August 2, 2014

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Nick Casey, Middle East Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, posts a photo from the wreckage of the Islamic University in Gaza, hit by an Israeli airstrike earlier Saturday.

In the rubble at Islam...Read More"},{"id":"757","created":"08/02/2014 10:55 AM EDT","title":"9th UN Staff Member Killed In Gaza","tweet_link":"757_9th-un-staff-member-killed-in-gaza","entry_text":"

Spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees Chris Gunness writes:

BREAKING NEWS: UNRWA mourns the loss of our 9th #Gaza staff member, a school attendant killed yesterday in an air strike in Rafah RT

— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) August 2, 2014

","short_text":"

Spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees Chris Gunness writes:

BREAKING NEWS: UNRWA mourns the loss of our 9th #Gaza staff member, a s...Read More"},{"id":"756","created":"08/02/2014 10:34 AM EDT","title":"Palestinian Delegation Heads To Truce Talks","tweet_link":"756_palestinian-delegation-heads-to-truce-talks","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Egypt's President said on Saturday a ceasefire plan proposed by his country offered the chance to end the Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas, but warned that lost time further complicated matters.

\"The Egyptian initiative is a real chance to find a real solution to the crisis taking place in the Gaza Strip,\" Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told a joint press conference in Cairo with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

\"Lost time ...complicates the situation more and more.\"

A Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation led by senior official Azzam Al-Ahmed will fly into Cairo from Jordan for talks, a Palestinian official in Ramallah said. Exiled officials from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group will also join the negotiations.

But following a breakdown of a truce on Friday, Hamas officials in Gaza will not attend.

","short_text":"

From Reuters:

Egypt's President said on Saturday a ceasefire plan proposed by his country offered the chance to end the Gaza conflict between Isr...Read More"},{"id":"755","created":"08/02/2014 10:08 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Gaza University Damaged In Bombing","tweet_link":"755_photo-gaza-university-damaged-in-bombing","entry_text":"

\"gaza

An Islamic University guard inspects the damage to the institution, which was hit in an overnight Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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\nAn Islamic University guard inspects the damage to the institution, which was hit in an overnight Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
\n

"},{"id":"754","created":"08/02/2014 9:55 AM EDT","title":" Israel Holds Off Attending Gaza Truce Talks","tweet_link":"754_-israel-holds-off-attending-gaza-truce-talks","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israel will not send envoys to Gaza truce negotiations in Egypt on Saturday as planned, an Israeli official said, accusing enemy Palestinian Islamists of misleading international mediators.

\"Hamas is not interested in an accommodation,\" the official said on condition of anonymity.

An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Friday broke down within hours on Friday, with Israel and Hamas trading blame. A Palestinian delegation including Hamas officials was due to arrive later on Saturday in Cairo for new talks.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

Israel will not send envoys to Gaza truce negotiations in Egypt on Saturday as planned, an Israe...Read More"},{"id":"753","created":"08/02/2014 9:48 AM EDT","title":"Israel: Refugees From North Gaza Town Can Return","tweet_link":"753_israel-refugees-from-north-gaza-town-can-return","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

The Israeli military told Palestinians who had fled fighting in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya they could return on Saturday, signalling its offensive in the area was winding down.

\"The residents are advised to beware of explosive devices Hamas has spread across the area,\" the military said in a statement summarising what it said had been all-clear messages relayed to Beit Lahiya's 70,000 residents.

","short_text":"

From Reuters:

The Israeli military told Palestinians who had fled fighting in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya they could return on Sa...Read More"},{"id":"752","created":"08/01/2014 7:46 PM EDT","title":"CNN Criticized For Tweet On Gaza Ceasefire Failure","tweet_link":"752_cnn-criticized-for-tweet-on-gaza-ceasefire-failure","entry_text":"

Criticism flourished online in response to a tweet from CNN's breaking news account, @cnnbrk, for its framing of how the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was broken, The Blaze reports.

CNN's tweet sent early Friday morning:

8 Palestinians were killed, 15 hurt by Israeli artillery shelling, Palestinian news agency says, calling it a "violation of the ceasefire."

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 1, 2014

How the ceasefire was broken is disputed, and Twitter users took issue with CNN's reporting. The Blaze rounded up some of the backlash on Twitter.

@cnnbrk Is this before or after rockets from Hamas, before or after a suicide bomber from a tunnel or before or after a possible kidnapping?

— Bridget Waldron (@bswaldron) August 1, 2014

More on The Blaze.

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Criticism flourished online in response to a tweet from CNN's breaking news acco...Read More"},{"id":"751","created":"08/01/2014 6:20 PM EDT","title":"A Look At The Israeli Soldiers Captured In The Past","tweet_link":"751_a-look-at-the-israeli-soldiers-captured-in-the-past","entry_text":"

After the reported abduction of Hadar Goldin in Gaza, the Associated Press looks back at the Israeli soldiers who have been captured before.

From the AP:

In the past, Israel has gone to great lengths to return captured soldiers, including large-scale military operations and lopsided prisoner swaps to return its captured troops.

Read the story here.

","short_text":"

After the reported abduction of Hadar Goldin in Gaza, the Associated Press looks back at the Israeli soldiers who have been captured before.Read More"},{"id":"750","created":"08/01/2014 5:38 PM EDT","title":"Hamas Spox Talks To CNN About Missing Soldier","tweet_link":"750_hamas-spox-talks-to-cnn-about-missing-soldier","entry_text":"

An Israeli soldier believed to have been kidnapped on Friday, may have been killed, injured or in hiding, a Hamas spokesman told CNN. Hamas officials have denied knowledge of the whereabouts of Hadar Goldin.

JUST IN - Hamas spokesman to @CNN on missing IDF soldier: "he may be killed, he may be injured..he may be hidden by the Israeli forces.."

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) August 1, 2014

JUST IN - Hamas spokesman tells CNN he "cannot confirm or deny" if they have an Israeli soldier, says they lack info on the ground

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) August 1, 2014

","short_text":"

An Israeli soldier believed to have been kidnapped on Friday, may have been killed, injured or in hiding, a Hamas spokesman told CNN. Ham...Read More"},{"id":"749","created":"08/01/2014 3:21 PM EDT","title":"Fighting Flares Near Site Of Soldier Abduction","tweet_link":"749_fighting-flares-near-site-of-soldier-abduction","entry_text":"

The Guardian reports that Israeli forces bombarded the town of Rafah in south Gaza after an Israeli soldier was reportedly abducted nearby.

The story notes:

The bombardment of Rafah appeared to reflect what the IDF called the \"Hannibal directive\", in which it responds to any capture of a soldier with heavy fire aimed at stopping the captors leaving the scene, even if it risks injury to the Israeli prisoner.

Palestinian officials noted a high death toll, while the United Nations reported that it had opened additional shelters in the area.

Palestinian health officials say 62 people killed in east of Rafah, 350 injured after #Israel-i soldier abducted #Gaza

— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) August 1, 2014

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: UNRWA opened 3 new shelters in Rafah in the south of #GAZA 90 Shelters in all. Number of displaced reaches 250,000 RT

— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) August 1, 2014

Rafah residents get warning from IDF not to leave their homes.

— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) August 1, 2014

","short_text":"

The Guardian reports that Israeli forces bombarded the town of Rafah in south Gaza after an Israeli soldier was rep...Read More"},{"id":"748","created":"08/01/2014 3:10 PM EDT","title":"Obama Calls For Unconditional Release Of Captured Israeli Soldier","tweet_link":"748_obama-calls-for-unconditional-release-of-captured-israeli-soldier","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama took questions during a briefing at the White House on Friday, where he addressed the situation in Israel.

Obama reiterated his support for Israel's right to defend itself and condemned Hamas and Palestinian militants after a cease-fire in the Gaza conflict unraveled on Friday. He also called for the release of an Israeli soldier being held captive.

\"I think it's important to note that we have, and I have, unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers and abducting a third almost minutes after a cease-fire had been announced,\" Obama said, noting the U.N. has condemned them, as well.

\"I want to make sure that they are listening. If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that solider needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,\" Obama continued.

Obama called the conflict \"heartbreaking\" and said he wants to see \"everything possible done\" to make sure Palestinian civilians aren't being killed in the conflict.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama took questions during a briefing at the White House on Friday, where he addressed the situation in Israel.

Obama reiterated his support for Israel's right to defend itself and condemned Hamas and Palestinian militants after...Read More"},{"id":"747","created":"08/01/2014 3:00 PM EDT","title":"Obama: Ceasefire Efforts Will Continue, Will Take Some Time","tweet_link":"747_obama-ceasefire-efforts-will-continue-will-take-some-time","entry_text":"

President Obama said in a White House news briefing that the U.S. will continue to make efforts to achieve a new ceasefire, but acknowledged \"its going to take some time.\"

\"Its going to be very hard,\" Obama told reporters, blaming Hamas for the collapse of the previous ceasefire when an Israeli soldier was abducted in the Gaza Strip.

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President Obama said in a White House news briefing that the U.S. will continue to make efforts to achieve a new ceasefire, but acknowledged \"its going to take some time.\"

\"Its going to be very hard,\" Obama told reporters, blaming Hamas for the c...Read More"},{"id":"746","created":"08/01/2014 2:56 PM EDT","title":"Obama: Israel Has Right To Defend Itself","tweet_link":"746_obama-israel-has-right-to-defend-itself","entry_text":"

Obama: Israel has a right to defend itself. No country would tolerate rockets and tunnel attacks

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) August 1, 2014

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Obama: Israel has a right to defend itself. No country would tolerate rockets and tunnel attacks

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) Read More"},{"id":"745","created":"08/01/2014 2:28 PM EDT","title":"Israel Censor Wants To Pre-Approve New York Times Coverage Of Soldier","tweet_link":"745_israel-censor-wants-to-preapprove-new-york-times-coverage-of-soldier","entry_text":"

The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reports that the New York Times received a request from the Israeli military to withhold publishing further information about the soldier reportedly abducted by Palestinian militants until it was reviewed by a censor.

Calderone notes:

In April, the Times acknowledged withholding news that a 23-year-old Palestinian journalist had been arrested because of an Israeli court-imposed gag order. At the time, Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren told Times’ Public Editor Margaret Sullivan that the paper is “indeed, bound by gag orders.”

Read the whole story here.

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The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reports that the New York Times Read More"},{"id":"744","created":"08/01/2014 1:27 PM EDT","title":"2 Palestinians Killed In West Bank Clashes","tweet_link":"744_2-palestinians-killed-in-west-bank-clashes","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said.

The violence erupted when a few thousand Palestinians took to the street to protest at Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip. Both men were killed by live fire in two separate incidents, Palestinian medical officials said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops shot one man in the city of Tulkarm after violence got out of control, with protesters throwing stones and petrol bombs at soldiers. The spokeswoman said she was looking into the second incident.

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From Reuters:

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian medical officials said.

The violence ...Read More"},{"id":"743","created":"08/01/2014 1:26 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Clashes In The West Bank","tweet_link":"743_photo-clashes-in-the-west-bank","entry_text":"

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Palestinians run for cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the war in the Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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\nPalestinians run for cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest against the war in the Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

"},{"id":"742","created":"08/01/2014 12:37 PM EDT","title":"Kerry Calls On Turkey And Qatar Help Free Captured Israeli Soldier","tweet_link":"742_kerry-calls-on-turkey-and-qatar-help-free-captured-israeli-soldier","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

RAMSTEIN Germany (Reuters) - Fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Turkey and Qatar on Friday to use their influence to secure the release of an Israeli soldier whose reported abduction led to the collapse of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Kerry called Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu soon after an aide informed him of reports of the abduction, and the killings of two Israeli soldiers, while flying back from a visit to India. The incidents led to the quick breakdown of a ceasefire Kerry had worked hard to broker.

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From Reuters:

RAMSTEIN Germany (Reuters) - Fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, U.S. Secretary of State John Ker...Read More"},{"id":"741","created":"08/01/2014 12:30 PM EDT","title":"Gaza Death Toll Rises","tweet_link":"741_gaza-death-toll-rises","entry_text":"

The death toll in Gaza has passes 1,500, Gaza's health ministry said. More than 50 people were killed on Friday.

Death toll in #Gaza since Israel offensive began passes 1,500 with 53 people killed on Friday - Gaza health ministry http://t.co/yzd6x3hjem

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 1, 2014

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The death toll in Gaza has passes 1,500, Gaza's health ministry said. More than 50 people were killed on Friday.

Death toll in #GazaRead More"},{"id":"740","created":"08/01/2014 12:25 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Destroyed Homes In Gaza Town","tweet_link":"740_photo-destroyed-homes-in-gaza-town","entry_text":"

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Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in the village of Khuzaa, south Gaza, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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\nPalestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in the village of Khuzaa, south Gaza, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

"},{"id":"739","created":"08/01/2014 12:16 PM EDT","title":"UN Chief Condemns End Of Ceasefire","tweet_link":"739_un-chief-condemns-end-of-ceasefire","entry_text":"

#Breaking: #UN @secgen "has no means to verify exactly what happened," but condemns the "reported violation by #Hamas" of ceasefire. #Israel

— Michael Wilner (@mawilner) August 1, 2014

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#Breaking: #UN @secgen "has no me...Read More"},{"id":"738","created":"08/01/2014 11:37 AM EDT","title":"Senate Approves Additional Iron Dome Funding For Israel","tweet_link":"738_senate-approves-additional-iron-dome-funding-for-israel","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved $225 million to replenish Israel's missile defense system, and House approval is expected before lawmakers begin a summer break.

The money will go to restocking Israel's Iron Dome defense, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Hamas during a three-week war.

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From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved $225 million to replenish Israel's missile defense syst...Read More"},{"id":"737","created":"08/01/2014 11:20 AM EDT","title":"Kerry Condemns 'Outrageous' Palestinian Violations Of Ceasefire","tweet_link":"737_kerry-condemns-outrageous-palestinian-violations-of-ceasefire","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Kerry condemns 'outrageous' Palestinian violations of Gaza ceasefire.

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 1, 2014

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BREAKING: Kerry condemns 'outrageous' Palestinian violations of Gaza ceasefire.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Aug...Read More"},{"id":"736","created":"08/01/2014 11:19 AM EDT","title":"Palestinian President Sending Officials To Cairo For Ceasefire Talks","tweet_link":"736_palestinian-president-sending-officials-to-cairo-for-ceasefire-talks","entry_text":"

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sending a delegation of officials -- from Hamas, Fatah and other parties -- to Cairo on Saturday morning for talks on a new ceasefire \"whatever the security conditions,\" according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sending a delegation of officials -- from Hamas, Fatah and other parties -- to Cairo on Saturday morning for talks on a new ceasefire \"whatever the security conditions,\" Read More"},{"id":"735","created":"08/01/2014 10:46 AM EDT","title":"Israel-Gaza Conflict Puts Interfaith Relations To The Test","tweet_link":"735_israelgaza-conflict-puts-interfaith-relations-to-the-test","entry_text":"

The Huffington Post's Jaweed Kaleem reports on how the conflict in Gaza is putting long-standing interfaith relations in the U.S. to the test. \"It's the 800-pound elephant in the room when we [Muslims and Jews] get together,\" said prominent New York mosque leader Imam Shamsi Ali.

Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.

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The Huffington Post's Jaweed Kaleem reports on how the conflict in Gaza is putting long-standing interfaith relations in the U.S. t...Read More"},{"id":"734","created":"08/01/2014 10:27 AM EDT","title":"Hamas Backtracking On Soldier's Capture","tweet_link":"734_hamas-backtracking-on-soldiers-capture","entry_text":"

Hamas political wing backtracking from previous acknowledgement of capture of IDF soldier

— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) August 1, 2014

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Hamas political wing backtracking from previous acknowledgement of capture of IDF soldier

— Chemi Shalev (@ChemiShalev) August...Read More"},{"id":"733","created":"08/01/2014 10:07 AM EDT","title":"Comparing The Current Conflict With Previous Eruptions In Violence","tweet_link":"733_comparing-the-current-conflict-with-previous-eruptions-in-violence","entry_text":"

The New York Times has createdan interactive timeline comparing the current conflict in Gaza with previous instances in 2012 and 2008-9. The feature shows common patterns in the periodic eruption of violence, and also some key differences.

Explore the whole piece here.

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The New York Times has createdan interactive timeline comparing the current conflict in Gaza with prev...Read More"},{"id":"732","created":"08/01/2014 10:00 AM EDT","title":"AFP: Palestinian Shot Dead In West Bank","tweet_link":"732_afp-palestinian-shot-dead-in-west-bank","entry_text":"

From AFP:

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the northern West Bank on Friday, security sources told AFP.

They said Tamer Smour, 22, was hit by a live bullet in the chest in the city of Tulkarem.

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From AFP:

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces durin...Read More"},{"id":"731","created":"08/01/2014 9:21 AM EDT","title":"Saudi King: Gaza War Is Crime Against Humanity","tweet_link":"731_saudi-king-gaza-war-is-crime-against-humanity","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a \"collective massacre\" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a \"crime against humanity.\"

King Abdullah's remarks were read live by a news anchor on Saudi state television Friday. The aging monarch did not make an appearance.

The Saudi king warns that the fighting in Gaza will lead to a generation of children who will grow up knowing nothing but the language of violence. He calls on Muslim leaders and the international community to unite against what he describes as state terrorism and terrorism by groups.

The king has been deeply involved in cease-fire talks, siding with Egypt. He held meetings with the Palestinian president, Qatar's emir and pledged $80 million in aid for the Palestinian people.

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The Associated Press reports:

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a \"collective massacre\" that has spared no Pales...Read More"},{"id":"730","created":"08/01/2014 9:21 AM EDT","title":"White House: Abduction Would Be Outrageous","tweet_link":"730_white-house-abduction-would-be-outrageous","entry_text":"

From the Associated Press:

The White House says the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be an \"absolutely outrageous\" action by Hamas.

Tony Blinken is deputy national security adviser. Blinken says the U.S. strongly condemns the alleged abduction. He says that if the soldier has been kidnapped, he must be released.

The Israeli military said Friday that one of its soldiers was \"feared\" abducted, without providing further details. The report came as a cease-fire with Hamas collapsed just hours after it took effect.

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From the Associated Press:

The White House says the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be an \"absolutely outrageous\" a...Read More"},{"id":"729","created":"08/01/2014 9:21 AM EDT","title":"Gaza Family Moves 2 Times, But Can't Escape The Bombs","tweet_link":"729_gaza-family-moves-2-times-but-cant-escape-the-bombs","entry_text":"

\"Since the Israeli ground offensive started, a child has been killed approximately every 90 minutes in Gaza -- they have been among the worst affected,\" said Alun McDonald, spokesman for the international development organization Oxfam.

Among them are the two young al-Hallaq boys, who died with their pregnant mother, their grandmother, aunt and uncle one Sunday earlier this month.

Read the full story about the al-Hallaq family on the Huffington Post here.

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\"Since the Israeli ground offensive started, a child has been killed approximately every 90 minutes in Gaza -- they have been among the worst affected,\" said Alun McDonald, spokesman for the international development organization Oxfam.

Among th...Read More"},{"id":"728","created":"08/01/2014 9:06 AM EDT","title":"White House Press Secretary Condemns Hamas","tweet_link":"728_white-house-press-secretary-condemns-hamas","entry_text":"

White House press secretary: Attack on Israel is a barbaric violation of the Gaza cease-fire http://t.co/LfdHqaYBF1

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 1, 2014

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White House press secretary: Attack on Israel is a barbaric violation of the Gaza cease-fire http://t.co/LfdHqaYBF1

— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) Read More"},{"id":"727","created":"08/01/2014 9:06 AM EDT","title":"Hamas Militants Claim Soldier's Abduction","tweet_link":"727_hamas-militants-claim-soldiers-abduction","entry_text":"

Hamas militants claimed responsibility for abducting an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip earlier Friday, Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported. They said the attack was carried out before the ceasefire deal came into effect Friday morning. The Israeli army said the abduction took place 90 minutes after the deal to pause hostilities.

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Hamas militants claimed responsibility for abducting an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip earlier Friday, Palestinian Ma'an News Agency reported. They said the attack wa...Read More"},{"id":"726","created":"08/01/2014 9:02 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Unexploded Bomb Lies On Gaza Street","tweet_link":"726_photo-unexploded-bomb-lies-on-gaza-street","entry_text":"

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Palestinian onlookers and motorists pause to inspect an Israeli army bomb laying unexploded on the road that links northern and southern Gaza, in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on August 1, 2014. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

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\nPalestinian onlookers and motorists pause to inspect an Israeli army bomb laying unexploded on the road that links northern and southern Gaza, in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on August 1, 2014. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

"},{"id":"725","created":"08/01/2014 8:57 AM EDT","title":"More Details On Israeli Soldier's Abduction","tweet_link":"725_more-details-on-israeli-soldiers-abduction","entry_text":"

The Times of Israel reports on the feared abduction of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin in the Gaza Strip this morning. The Israeli newspaper, quoting military officials, says gunmen emerged from a tunnel to ambush Israeli troops operating in the Rafah area in south Gaza, 90 minutes after a ceasefire deal took effect.

Israel forces realized Goldin was missing after the attack and are searching Gaza for him in a \"race against time,\" fearing he will be taken out of the coastal enclave, a commander told the newspaper.

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The Times of Israel reports on the feared abduction of Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin in the Gaza Strip this morning. The Israeli newspaper, ...Read More"},{"id":"724","created":"08/01/2014 8:48 AM EDT","title":"Death Toll In Rafah Rises To 50 ","tweet_link":"724_death-toll-in-rafah-rises-to-50-","entry_text":"

From Reuters:

The number of Palestinians killed when Israeli forces shelled southern Gaza on Friday has risen to 50, the Gaza health ministry said.

Medhat Abbas, director of the Ministry of Health, said: \"Over 50 were killed and 220 wounded in Rafah.\"

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From Reuters:

The number of Palestinians killed when Israeli forces shelled southern Gaza on Friday has risen to 50, t...Read More"}]

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