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July 19, 2014

LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT

Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

Ban Ki Moon's visit to the region was announced Friday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the ongoing violence in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The UN's top chief will arrive is set to arrive in the Middle East today in the latest effort to end the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip.

July 18, 2014

Palestinians flee their home to move to a more safer location Friday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The number of displaced Palestinians from Gaza has almost doubled within the past 24 hours after Israel launched its ground offensive Thursday evening.

Turkish protesters held a massive prayer Friday afternoon in solidarity with the people of Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Strip (Adem Altan/AFP)
18:46 GMT

Israel announced Friday that it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Turkey saying that Ankara's leadership was inciting protests against Tel Aviv's operations in Gaza.

Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT

Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,

Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
16:58 GMT

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.

More than 260 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (File Archive/AFP)
16:22 GMT

The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has also called for Hamas to immediately accept a second version of the Egyptian ceasefire deal during his meeting with Turkey's leadership in Ankara Friday.

Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
15:41 GMT

The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.

Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.

ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
14:06 GMT

The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.

Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
13:47 GMT

Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire

A Palestinian man rests on school desks at a UN school near the Gaza border. (AFP)
09:52 GMT

Hundreds of Palestinians in southern Gaza fled their homes Friday as Israeli forces launched ground operations in the besieged enclave.

(AFP)
08:31 GMT

At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.

Israeli soldiers gather in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (AFP)
07:44 GMT

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal says Israel’s ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip is destined to fail.

(Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
07:17 GMT

Four Civil Defense units, backed up by two rescue teams, battled for several hours a fire that ripped through a cluster of makeshift houses built on an empty plot in Al-Mansour Street in Mecca Thursday night.