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July 30, 2014

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.

The high-ranking Hezbollah official was killed in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region by Syrian opposition militants (AFP/ File Archive).
10:43 GMT

Ibrahim al-Hajj, also known as Abou Mohammed Salman, was a high-ranking Hezbollah official that was killed on Monday during a battle with Syrian opposition militants in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region.

Car bombs in Cairo have become more frequent since the overthrow of Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

A car bomb exploded in Giza killing three people Wednesday.

The video appears to show several al-Qassam Brigades fighters climbing out of a tunnel, entering an Israeli military base and killing an Israeli soldier. Apparent screams can be heard despite sound muffling (Thomas Coex /AFP)
09:02 GMT

An unconfirmed video appears to show several fighters from Hamas´ military wing emerging from a tunnel and killing an Israeli soldier in an Israeli military base.

Israel also shelled a UN-run school on July 24. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT

Israel has shelled another UN-run school north of Gaza.

According to the Israel Democracy Institute, over 95 per cent of Israelis view Operation Protective Edge as a "justified" war, despite a death toll of 53 Israelis (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
08:07 GMT

Israeli support for Operation Protective Edge remains high according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll, despite it´s death toll of 53 being one of the state´s highest, matching or quintupling deaths from previous Gaza wars.

The Libyan government is struggling to control rival militias who refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT

Militant groups have seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Benghazi.

The Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said "we hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel]" (Anwar Amro/ AFP).
07:03 GMT

Hamas has reversed its former position that Hezbollah help was not needed and is now urging Hezbollah to join Hamas in fighting Israel´s offensive in Gaza.

Ongoing clashes between rival militias has made the country increasingly unstable. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Egypt is doubling the staff on the borders between Libya and Tunisia to help Egyptians safely exit Libya.

July 29, 2014

Libya has been grappling with rising insecurity ever since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT

The Canadian government has pulled its diplomatic mission out of Libya because of the country's "unpredictable security environment."

Egyptian activists delivered LE2.3 million worth of medical aid to Gaza on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:56 GMT

A new shipment of food and medical aid provided by the Egyptian army reached the Rafah border crossing on its way to Gaza.