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August 7, 2014

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.

Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect. (AFP/File)
17:57 GMT

President Obama is considering either airstrikes or airdrops to help Iraqis trapped on a mountaintop.

The Gaza offensive left over 1,800 Palestinians dead. (AFP/File)
15:09 GMT

Thousands of Palestinians staged a demonstration in Gaza in support of Hamas.

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

At least 1,000 Syrian refugee families were transported back to Syria with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.

ISIS militants captured the town when Kurdish Peshmerga troops withdrew from the area. (AFP/File)
13:10 GMT

Militants from the Islamic State have taken control of the Christian town of Qaraqosh.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off what is likely to be a concerted global push to haul the country’s military and political leaders to international courts for  war crimes committed in Gaza.
12:35 GMT

Netanyahu urged visiting Congressmen to summon their powers in assisting Israeli officials who wish to avoid trial by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to The New York Post.

Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
12:12 GMT

The Lebanese Army is working to restore order in Arsal Thursday morning, with a number of missing policemen turning up, after militants withdrew from the northeast border town.

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa cancelled his trip to Israel, scheduled for later this year, in the aftermath of Israel's 28 day offensive in the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
10:59 GMT

Foreign minister announces plans to open embassy for delegation now in Ramallah, 5 South American countries recall ambassadors to Israel.

Egypt has witnessed a rise in militant attacks across the Sinai Peninsula since the ousting of ex president, Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

A pipeline to Jordan was attacked and blown up by unknown assailants in the Sinai Peninsula Thursday, security sources reported.

Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended. [AFP]
09:44 GMT

Officials close to ceasefire talks in Egypt said Thursday that Israel is demanding that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized as uncertainty remains over whether a 72-hour truce will be extended.

Lebanese residents of Arsal flee flighting between ISIS militants and government forces, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Police in Lebanon's Arsal found at least 30 charred bodies in a Syrian refugee camp, a security source confirmed Thursday.

Palestinian electricity company workers inspect power lines destroyed following an earlier Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
08:42 GMT

Israeli official says Israel will extend truce under current terms; Hamas says group will not extend cease-fire unless significant progress is made in negotiations.

Humanitarian agencies have estimated that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar on Sunday. [AFP]
07:14 GMT

Thousands of minority Yazidi Iraqis marooned on Mount Sinjar face the choice of dying of thirst or surrendering to the Isis fighters.

Lebanese soldiers enter Arsal in armoured personnel carriers as smoke billows in the background, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

ISIS militants agreed to leave the Lebanese border town of Arsal within 24 hours, according to a source while three additional captured soldiers were freed as part of the truce deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference at his Jerusalem offices, on August 6, 2014. [AFP]
07:00 GMT

Netanyahu says deaths in Gaza ‘justified’ as he offers to extend truce with Hamas militants.