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July 17, 2014

Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.

At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT

Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.

An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:23 GMT

Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.

Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.

The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
11:38 GMT

Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.

Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
11:01 GMT

Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.

Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
09:39 GMT

Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.

Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT

Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.

Thirteen members of Hamas crossed into Israeli territory via a tunnel dug in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:26 GMT

IDF forces stopped an attempt by Hamas to infiltrate a kibbutz via an underground tunnel.

Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
08:25 GMT

A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
08:12 GMT

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.

Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
08:08 GMT

The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.

A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
07:24 GMT

Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
07:04 GMT

Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.

Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.