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July 31, 2014

The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that human rights abuses against civilians continue in Syria (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, voiced concern over the treatment of Syrian civilians caught up in war along with the constant violations of basic human rights.

One of the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. She escaped the group and the fate of being used as a suicide bomber (Wole Emmanuel /AFP).
11:12 GMT

Two members of the Nigerian militant Islamic group Boko Haram have been arrested after being found travelling with a young girl strapped with explosives.

Despite harsh criticism of his attempts to facilitate a Gaza-Israel truce, United States Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not worried because "this is not about me". (Kenzo Tribouillard /AFP).
10:00 GMT

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is not worried by widespread criticism of his efforts to facilitate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face, close to the Gaza-Israel border, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT

Israel mobilized 16,000 reservists for further ground operations in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of troops up to 86,000.

One of the two car bombs in Giza detonated accidentally, missing its target and killing its three suspected militants (Khaled Kamel /AFP).
08:55 GMT

Twin car bombs in Giza on Wednesday targeted electricity pylons but were unsuccessful as one detonated accidentally, killing three, and the other was detected prior to detonation.

Whilst the rebels targeted the Hama airport because they believed "that is where the regime makes its barrel bombs", much-needed aid relief has been delayed by the conflict in Iraq (AFP/ File).
08:06 GMT

Syrian rebels targeted a key military airport in Hama province on Wednesday, whist conflict in Iraq delayed much needed shipments of humanitarian aid to Syria.

A Palestinian man inspects the damage of the UN school in Jabalia refugee camp, hit by Israeli shelling, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:02 GMT

The UN has said Israel's shelling of one of its schools in Gaza could amount to possible war crimes after 19 people were killed during the IDF attack.

A wounded baby is carried into al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has topped 1,360 with over 7,600 people injured as further violence ensued across the besieged Strip.

July 30, 2014

Protesters carry a dummy of the Al-aqsa mosque ("dome of the rock") during a demonstration in support of Palestinian people and to condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. [AFP]
16:17 GMT

Nigerians have turned out massively in a funeral procession held for dozens of people killed by the country’s army during an anti-Israeli rally held to mark International Quds Day last Friday.

The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
16:05 GMT

The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.

An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155mm shell towards targets from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. [AFP]
15:59 GMT

Despite a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire that began at 3:00 p.m., Israeli forces on Wednesday afternoon shelled a number of homes across the Gaza Strip, killing five.

Israeli President Shimon Peres [AFP]
13:53 GMT

Peres: Israel has exhausted military option, Abbas's rule in Gaza must be restored

A Palestinian child, who was wounded in an Israeli strike, arrives at a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. [AFP]
13:46 GMT

At least 67 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the recent Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT

The Israeli army announced Wednesday that it will observe a four-hour hiatus in bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Arsal, a border village, is often a hideout for Syrian fighters. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT

Eight Syrians were arrested in Arsal over suspected links with terrorist organizations.