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July 27, 2014

Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT

IDF announces resumption of attacks on terror targets in Gaza from the sea, land and air, after rockets are fired from coastal enclave; rocket lands in open area of metropolitan Tel Aviv; Iron Dome intercepts several rockets.

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has suggested that he would “give up his right” to become Lebanon's next president in return for a new electoral law that better represents Christians (AFP/ File Archive).
08:44 GMT

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun suggested that he would not seek a presidential post if agreement is reached on a new electoral law that better represents Christians.

The shell was reportedly fired by militants targeting the Egyptian military. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT

Four children were killed and five others injured.

The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT

On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed while roughly 40 Israelis have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the Gaza offensive.

The Tunisian government is struggling to combat militants in the Chaambi region. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT

At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in a gun battle with militants near the border with Algeria.

Israeli soldiers sleep during the ceasefire at an army deployment near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on 26 July 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:10 GMT

The Israeli security cabinet agreed to a United Nation's request to extend a humanitarian ceasefire by 24 hours until midnight Sunday, however Hamas rejected the proposal.

July 26, 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
18:38 GMT

Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.

Photo used for illustrative purposes (Wikimedia Commons).
17:06 GMT

Police said Saturday that they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.

Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (AFP)
16:52 GMT

Zbigniew Brzezinski’ strong criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza indicates a “fundamental change in policy” by the US government

French soldiers stand by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24, 2014. (AFP)
16:41 GMT

The United Nations said on Saturday that its experts had located the second black box from the Air Algerie flight that crashed in the West African country of Mali earlier this week.

(Ma'an image)
16:29 GMT

As if struck by an earthquake, vast swathes of the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyya have been reduced to rubble, with unknown numbers of burnt and decaying bodies buried below.

The bodies of Mohammed Udeh, 17, and Musaab Nuwarah, 20, are carried during their funeral procession in Ramallah on Friday (AFP).
16:20 GMT

A large number of Palestinian mourners have held a funeral ceremony for nine Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.

Lebanese Parliament (AFP file photo)
13:19 GMT

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed that discussions are underway over extending the term of parliament for a second time, reported An Nahar daily on Saturday.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld ruled out any links between the men responsible for the murdering of the three teenagers and Hamas, saying they are part of a “lone cell.”
09:55 GMT

After three weeks of Israel’s bloody war on Gaza mainly under the pretext of alleged abduction of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, the Israeli police have acknowledged that the kidnappers were not acting under the orders of the resistance movement.