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July 4, 2014

ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT

Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.

Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT

At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.

Egyptian riot policemen douse burning tyres thrown by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement during their rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. [AFP]
13:58 GMT

A bomb detonated on Friday in Egypt’s Fayoum governorate killing three, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.

Mohammed Abu Khudair (Facebook)
11:29 GMT

Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat, was killed this morning after being kidnapped in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem.

An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City for traditional Friday prayers, the first of Islam's holy month of Ramadan on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
11:21 GMT

Extra officers have been placed at potential flashpoints, such as on roadways and at hitchhiking spots.

Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
11:18 GMT

Syrian warplanes carried out at least three airstrikes on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon Friday, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three family members

Abu Obeida, the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
08:19 GMT

Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance.

A picture taken on July 3, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod shows an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells. [AFP]
07:52 GMT

Iron dome intercepts one rocket while two fall in open fields near Sderot following barrage of rocket-fire the day before; PM, security forces warn of impending IDF action if rockets do not stop.

The scene of the bombing North Lebanon's Hermel earlier this year (AFP)
07:28 GMT

The Army carried out another raid in the northern village of Fnaydeq Thursday, confiscating explosives in light of confessions made by a terror suspect.

Pro-Morsi supporters took to Egypt's streets Thursday marking the first anniversary of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
05:00 GMT

At least seven people have died thus far in a bomb blast on an Alexandra train late Wednesday.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
20:00 GMT

Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.

Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration.

Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.

Egyptian officials conducted a massive crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in Kerdasa last year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT

At least two people have died from the bomb attack that struck Egypt's Kerdasa region Thursday on the first year anniversary of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's oust.

At least 374 Yemeni armed forces members have been killed in the first half of 2014 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT

At least two people were killed and three wounded in an attack on a government complex in Yemen's Baida province Thursday.