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July 29, 2014

A Palestinian man in front of a Gaza mosque after it was shelled by the Israel Defence Forces on 29 July 2014. The day before saw at least 26 Palestinians and nine Israeli soldiers killed (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
09:02 GMT

On the start of day 22 of Israel´s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the day before saw 26 Palestinians killed by Israeli night strikes and nine Israeli soldiers killed in mortar and tunnel attacks.

Whilst Libya has denied that any Egyptians were killed in Sunday´s rocket attack in Tripoli, Egypt has nonetheless advised all its citizens in the area to immediately evacuate (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
08:09 GMT

Libyan authorities informed the Egyptian foreign Ministry on Monday that despite earlier reports, no Egyptians were killed in the Tripoli rocket attack reported on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in Tel Aviv on 28 July 2014. Netanyahu stated that the Gaza offensive may be "long-lasting" (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:16 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a prolonged offensive in Gaza on Monday, following the deaths of at least five Israeli soldiers the same day.

An Israeli soldier in one of the tunnels that the Israel Defense Force discovered. The Hamas spokesperson, Mushir al-Masri, vowed Hamas would dig more (Jack Guez/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Hamas spokesperson Mushir al-Masri stated that Israel has destroyed "only a fraction" of the organization´s tunnels.

July 28, 2014

Empty shells resulting from Israel´s offensive in Gaza. The IDF´s chief spokesperson Brigadier General Motti Almoz said on Monday that the current: "situation is an unlimited truce" (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
20:00 GMT

On Monday the Israel Defense Force declared an "unlimited truce" in Gaza, but reserved the right to attack if fired upon.

Smoke billowing from an oil depot on 28 July 2014 near the Tripoli airport, resulting from some of the most violent clashes since dictator Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown in 2011 (Mahmud Turkia /AFP).
17:06 GMT

The international community is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya amid growing violence between armed Islamist groups and soldiers loyal to the Libyan government.

A Sheikh leads a prayer on 28 July 2014, the first day of Eid al-Fitr, in the heavily damaged Al-Faruq mosque, in Rafah, Gaza (Said Khatib /AFP).
14:00 GMT

The start of Eid al-Fitr has seen reduced fighting in the Gaza strip, following the United Nations Security Council´s call for an immediate ceasefire.

Pope Francis made a desperate plea for peace in Middle Eastern conflicts: 'I ask you with all my heart, stop please.' (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

In weekly address, Pope Francis makes a desperate call to end Middle East fighting, especially in Gaza and Israel

Crowds rallied in Ttripoli, Lebanon to express solidarity with Sunni prisoners being held during Eid-al-Fitr. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:21 GMT

Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon call for the release of Sunni militants held for fighting related to the Syrian war.

Shiites will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on Tuesday this year, where Sunnis are celebrating on Monday (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

Sunnis and Shiites will celebrate Eid-al-Fitr one day apart this year.

ISIS militants continued to gain more ground in Syria last week, reportedly capturing the city of Hassakeh as of Sunday. (AFP/File)
08:07 GMT

The Observatory for Human Rights reported ISIS militants have advanced to and captured the city of Hassakeh from government forced on Sunday. According to UN human rights investigators, more Syrian rebel fighters are defecting and pledging allegiance to ISIS.

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama called for an "immediate, unconditional" ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Several countries have advised their nationals in Libya to leave the country immediately amid clashes.

Lebanese and Israeli border (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT

Amal MP Qassem Hashem said Sunday that rockets being launched from southern Lebanon into Israel were only benefiting the Jewish state and were in fact harming Lebanese border towns.

July 27, 2014

Displaced Palestinian children peak from under a shop door, where their family is taking shelter in Gaza City (AFP)
18:36 GMT

Israel rejected a proposed 24-hour humanitarian truce on Sunday, hours after Hamas said that all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip had agreed to observe it.