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Roughly 24% of Gaza's population has been displaced due to the violence. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Senior UN officials have told the Security Council that the situation in Gaza is extreme and immediate action must be taken to put an end to the humanitarian catastrophe.

July 31, 2014

Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
20:20 GMT
The Palestinian Embassy in Beirut has asked Lebanese citizens to raise the Palestinian flag in a sign of solidarity with Gaza.
Over 500 police generals and colonels were forced into retirement during the reshuffle. (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT
Egypt's Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim has approved the latest reshuffle inside his ministry.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
18:13 GMT
The United States confirmed it has restocked Israel's supplies of ammunition.
Rival militias have nearly destroyed the airport in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
16:23 GMT
The Philippines has called on all its 13,000 nationals to leave Libya immediately.
Hamas has called for "angry protests" against Israel. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Hamas has called for a "Day of Rage" to take place Friday in the West Bank.
The Israeli army said 32 of the secret passages had been found so far and half of them have been destroyed. (AFP/File)
14:17 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to complete an operation to destroy all tunnels constructed by Hamas.
Libya is grappling with rising insecurity ever since the overthrow of Mummar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT
Egyptian authorities arrested 290 Egyptians who were trying to return home from Libya.
Panorama of the city of Lomé in Togo, where the Lebanese Honorary Consul of Benin, Assaad Shaghouri was assassinated (Courtesy of Wikipedia.org).
12:29 GMT
Lebanon´s honorary consul for the West African state of Benin, Assaad Shaghouri, was shot in his care by unknown assailants, whilst travelling in neighbouring Togo.
The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that human rights abuses against civilians continue in Syria (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT
The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, voiced concern over the treatment of Syrian civilians caught up in war along with the constant violations of basic human rights.
One of the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. She escaped the group and the fate of being used as a suicide bomber (Wole Emmanuel /AFP).
11:12 GMT
Two members of the Nigerian militant Islamic group Boko Haram have been arrested after being found travelling with a young girl strapped with explosives.
Despite harsh criticism of his attempts to facilitate a Gaza-Israel truce, United States Secretary of State John Kerry says he is not worried because "this is not about me". (Kenzo Tribouillard /AFP).
10:00 GMT
United States Secretary of State John Kerry is not worried by widespread criticism of his efforts to facilitate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
A mural drawing of spearmen bearing the faces of Iraq's late president Saddam Hussein, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a masked man, Barack Obama, Netanyahu & Angela Merkel . Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world on arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel's "genocide" in Gaza. (AFP)
09:32 GMT
A mural drawing of spearmen in Iran
An Israeli soldier applies camouflage to his face, close to the Gaza-Israel border, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:15 GMT
Israel mobilized 16,000 reservists for further ground operations in the Gaza Strip, bringing the total number of troops up to 86,000.
One of the two car bombs in Giza detonated accidentally, missing its target and killing its three suspected militants (Khaled Kamel /AFP).
08:55 GMT
Twin car bombs in Giza on Wednesday targeted electricity pylons but were unsuccessful as one detonated accidentally, killing three, and the other was detected prior to detonation.
British trip-hop group, Massive Attack, urged people to stand in solidarity with Palestine during a Lebanon concert, July 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:37 GMT
As the Gaza death toll passed well over a thousand, we need to ask ourselves what will help Palestinians achieve justice. Individuals and the international community need to boycott Israel to stop this violence.
Whilst the rebels targeted the Hama airport because they believed "that is where the regime makes its barrel bombs", much-needed aid relief has been delayed by the conflict in Iraq (AFP/ File).
08:06 GMT
Syrian rebels targeted a key military airport in Hama province on Wednesday, whist conflict in Iraq delayed much needed shipments of humanitarian aid to Syria.
A Palestinian man inspects the damage of the UN school in Jabalia refugee camp, hit by Israeli shelling, July 30, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:02 GMT
The UN has said Israel's shelling of one of its schools in Gaza could amount to possible war crimes after 19 people were killed during the IDF attack.
Activists demonstrate requesting that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon intervenes to bring peace to the conflict with Israel in Gaza, in San Jose, on July 30, 2014. Ban Ki-moon condemned an Israeli strike on a Gaza school that killed 16 people as "unjustifiable" Wednesday, calling for those responsible to be held to account. (AFP)
07:32 GMT
Activists demonstrate requesting that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon intervenes
A wounded baby is carried into al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City (File/AFP)
07:09 GMT
The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has topped 1,360 with over 7,600 people injured as further violence ensued across the besieged Strip.

July 30, 2014

Protesters carry a dummy of the Al-aqsa mosque ("dome of the rock") during a demonstration in support of Palestinian people and to condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza, in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 25, 2014. [AFP]
16:17 GMT
Nigerians have turned out massively in a funeral procession held for dozens of people killed by the country’s army during an anti-Israeli rally held to mark International Quds Day last Friday.
The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
16:05 GMT
The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155mm shell towards targets from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. [AFP]
15:59 GMT
Despite a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire that began at 3:00 p.m., Israeli forces on Wednesday afternoon shelled a number of homes across the Gaza Strip, killing five.
Israeli President Shimon Peres [AFP]
13:53 GMT
Peres: Israel has exhausted military option, Abbas's rule in Gaza must be restored
A Palestinian child, who was wounded in an Israeli strike, arrives at a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. [AFP]
13:46 GMT
At least 67 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the recent Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
The Israeli army announced Wednesday that it will observe a four-hour hiatus in bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Arsal, a border village, is often a hideout for Syrian fighters. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
Eight Syrians were arrested in Arsal over suspected links with terrorist organizations.
Crises are brewing all over the Middle East, but can the world only focus on one crisis at a time? (Menahem Kahana /AFP).
12:28 GMT
Ali Ibrahim argues that the world cannot seem to focus its attention on more than one crisis at a time. Whilst all the focus is on Gaza right now, he argues that other events in the Middle East are actually more dangerous.
The high-ranking Hezbollah official was killed in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region by Syrian opposition militants (AFP/ File Archive).
10:43 GMT
Ibrahim al-Hajj, also known as Abou Mohammed Salman, was a high-ranking Hezbollah official that was killed on Monday during a battle with Syrian opposition militants in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region.
Car bombs in Cairo have become more frequent since the overthrow of Morsi. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
A car bomb exploded in Giza killing three people Wednesday.
The video appears to show several al-Qassam Brigades fighters climbing out of a tunnel, entering an Israeli military base and killing an Israeli soldier. Apparent screams can be heard despite sound muffling (Thomas Coex /AFP)
09:02 GMT
An unconfirmed video appears to show several fighters from Hamas´ military wing emerging from a tunnel and killing an Israeli soldier in an Israeli military base.
Israel also shelled a UN-run school on July 24. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT
Israel has shelled another UN-run school north of Gaza.
According to the Israel Democracy Institute, over 95 per cent of Israelis view Operation Protective Edge as a "justified" war, despite a death toll of 53 Israelis (David Buimovitch/ AFP).
08:07 GMT
Israeli support for Operation Protective Edge remains high according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll, despite it´s death toll of 53 being one of the state´s highest, matching or quintupling deaths from previous Gaza wars.
The Libyan government is struggling to control rival militias who refuse to lay down arms. (AFP/File)
07:40 GMT
Militant groups have seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Benghazi.
The Deputy Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said "we hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel]" (Anwar Amro/ AFP).
07:03 GMT
Hamas has reversed its former position that Hezbollah help was not needed and is now urging Hezbollah to join Hamas in fighting Israel´s offensive in Gaza.
Iraqi Shiites clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on July 29, 2014, during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. (AFP / HAIDAR HAMDANI)
04:37 GMT
Iraqi Shiites clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf
Ongoing clashes between rival militias has made the country increasingly unstable. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
Egypt is doubling the staff on the borders between Libya and Tunisia to help Egyptians safely exit Libya.

July 29, 2014

Libya has been grappling with rising insecurity ever since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
18:28 GMT
The Canadian government has pulled its diplomatic mission out of Libya because of the country's "unpredictable security environment."
Egyptian activists delivered LE2.3 million worth of medical aid to Gaza on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:56 GMT
A new shipment of food and medical aid provided by the Egyptian army reached the Rafah border crossing on its way to Gaza.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday alone.
Libya's interim government has appealed for international help to put out the fire. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT
Officials in Libya say a huge fire has spread to a second oil tank in Tripoli.
Fuel tanks beside Gaza´s main power plant intensify the resulting fires, sending heavy smoke into the air (Mahmud Hams /AFP).
13:00 GMT
A main power plant in Gaza was struck on Tuesday sending dark clouds of smoke into the air, following a night of heavy attacks from Israel.
Israel Defense Forces on 29 July 2014 firing at one of the 70 Gaza targets struck overnight (David Buimovitch, AFP).
12:10 GMT
The Israel Defence Forces struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight, including the home and offices of Ismail Heniyeh, head of Hamas's political wing and the al-Aqsa television and radio stations.
A tribute for one of the Lebanese victims of the Air Algerie crash at Ouagadougou Airport in Mali (Sia Kambou /AFP).
11:26 GMT
French authorities have asked for Lebanon's permission to transfer the Lebanese deceased from the Air Algerie plane crash to Paris to conduct DNA testing and compare remains with sample´s taken from victims´ families.
Egyptian security forces killed Faisal Seliman of the armed group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis after he allegedly tried to attack security forces with an explosive device whilst being arrested (File Archive / AFP).
09:59 GMT
The Egyptian Ministry of Homeland Security stated that security forces killed one of the most "dangerous" members of the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis on Sunday, during an arrest operation.
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.
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City early on July 29, 2014. Bloodshed in and around Gaza surged Monday with a strike killing eight Palestinian children and a mortar shell leaving four dead in Israel, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
03:59 GMT
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City early on July 29, 2014. Bloodshed in and around Gaza

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.
Australian Labor party representative Tony Burke speaks to Muslims outside the Lakemba Mosque following Eid al-Fitr prayer in western Sydney on July 28, 2014. Thousands of Australian Muslims celebrated their religious Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of Ramadan. (AFP)
04:19 GMT
Australian Labor party representative Tony Burke speaks to Muslims

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.
(AFP)
18:26 GMT
Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.
Hamas soldier (AFP)
17:20 GMT
Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas, says Palestinian resistance fighters have killed at least 90 Israeli soldiers over the past 20 days.
Egyptian troops in the border area of the Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants (AFP/ File Archive).
15:57 GMT
Egyptian troops in the border Sinai Peninsula have killed fourteen Islamist militants and arrested dozens of others on Sunday morning.
Increased fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has caused not just the U.S. embassy to withdraw staff, but UN, Turkish and Saudi diplomats to be pulled out also (Mahmud Turkia / AFP).
14:59 GMT
The United States has withdrawn its embassy staff from Libya following two weeks of increased violence in Tripoli.
The tunnels were found in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT
Egypt has demolished thirteen more tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
 Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
12:51 GMT
An official Lebanese delegation headed on Sunday to Paris en rout to Mali to follow up the probe into the Air Algerie plane that crashed three-days ago and to carry out the necessary procedures to identify the bodies of the Lebanese victims.
Over 1,000 people have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in its conflict with Israel.
Intense fighting at Tripoli's airport has led to the cancellation of most international flights. (AFP/File)
11:49 GMT
Over fifty people have been killed in Libya in the past few days as militia rivalries intensify.
Roughly 4,000 fighters have been found in Lebanon's eastern mountain slope. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Hezbollah and Nusra Front fighters continue their battle for control of key areas around the border between Lebanon and Syria.
Al-Qaeda militants frequently target military personnel. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT
Twelve people were killed Sunday when al-Qaeda militants attacked three military posts.
Erdogan recently called Egypt's president a "tyrant." (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Egypt has again summoned Ankara's charge d'affaires in protest to recent remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two Palestinians, who suffered injuries in the head and other parts of their body, were rushed to al-Muqased Hospital in the village of A-Tor to receive medical treatment. [AFP]
09:13 GMT
Two young Palestinians have been hospitalized after being assaulted by a group of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
IDF announces resumption of attacks on terror targets in Gaza from the sea, land and air, after rockets are fired from coastal enclave; rocket lands in open area of metropolitan Tel Aviv; Iron Dome intercepts several rockets.
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has suggested that he would “give up his right” to become Lebanon's next president in return for a new electoral law that better represents Christians (AFP/ File Archive).
08:44 GMT
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun suggested that he would not seek a presidential post if agreement is reached on a new electoral law that better represents Christians.
The shell was reportedly fired by militants targeting the Egyptian military. (AFP/File)
08:40 GMT
Four children were killed and five others injured.
Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled "The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. [AFP]
08:28 GMT
The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".
The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT
On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.
Over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed while roughly 40 Israelis have died in the current Gaza offensive. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the Gaza offensive.
A man wearing a teeshirt reading "Iraq, hush killing is taking place" looks at a "Nazarene", a symbol painted on Christian's houses in Iraq to locate them, during a rally on Saint-Jean Square in Lyon, central-eastern France, on July 26, 2014, to protest against the persecution Christians in Iraq by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS). (AFP)
07:34 GMT
A man wearing a teeshirt reading "Iraq, hush killing is taking place" looks at a "Nazarene", a symbol painted on Christian's houses in Iraq to locate them, during a rally on Saint-Jean Square
Veteran journalist Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza by NBC for allegedly being too pro-Palestine (File/AFP)
07:32 GMT
As the death toll mounts in Gaza, tweeters, journalists and celebrities have weighed into the Palestine-Israel conflict with a war of words. But, is there a price to pay if you condemn the IDF on a pro-Israel news organisation?
The Tunisian government is struggling to combat militants in the Chaambi region. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and six others wounded in a gun battle with militants near the border with Algeria.
Israeli soldiers sleep during the ceasefire at an army deployment near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on 26 July 2014. (Gil Cohen-Magen /AFP).
07:10 GMT
The Israeli security cabinet agreed to a United Nation's request to extend a humanitarian ceasefire by 24 hours until midnight Sunday, however Hamas rejected the proposal.

July 26, 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
18:38 GMT
Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (Wikimedia Commons).
17:06 GMT
Police said Saturday that they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.
Former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (AFP)
16:52 GMT
Zbigniew Brzezinski’ strong criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza indicates a “fundamental change in policy” by the US government
French soldiers stand by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24, 2014. (AFP)
16:41 GMT
The United Nations said on Saturday that its experts had located the second black box from the Air Algerie flight that crashed in the West African country of Mali earlier this week.
(Ma'an image)
16:29 GMT
As if struck by an earthquake, vast swathes of the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyya have been reduced to rubble, with unknown numbers of burnt and decaying bodies buried below.
The bodies of Mohammed Udeh, 17, and Musaab Nuwarah, 20, are carried during their funeral procession in Ramallah on Friday (AFP).
16:20 GMT
A large number of Palestinian mourners have held a funeral ceremony for nine Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank.
Lebanese Parliament (AFP file photo)
13:19 GMT
Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed that discussions are underway over extending the term of parliament for a second time, reported An Nahar daily on Saturday.
A handout photo released on July 25, 2014 by ECPAD shows French soldiers standing by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
French soldiers standing by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi regio
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld ruled out any links between the men responsible for the murdering of the three teenagers and Hamas, saying they are part of a “lone cell.”
09:55 GMT
After three weeks of Israel’s bloody war on Gaza mainly under the pretext of alleged abduction of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas, the Israeli police have acknowledged that the kidnappers were not acting under the orders of the resistance movement.
Rescue workers find the body of a member of al-Najar family, after removing it from under the rubble of their home following an Israeli air strike on Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza strip , on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
09:18 GMT
Minutes before a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, an Israeli airstrike left at least 20 members of a Palestinian family dead in Khan Younis refugee camp.

July 25, 2014

"Israel has agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire from 7:00 a.m. Saturday," said the US official traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
23:09 GMT
Hamas and Israel announced late Friday a 12-hour ceasefire to take place beginning Saturday morning, as the day's death toll in the Israeli assault on Gaza topped 65 amid an intense sunset barrage that killed at least 14.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (on the phone) on July 25, 2014, from his hotel room in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. [AFP]
20:31 GMT
Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms.
The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah gestures on July 25, 2014, during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb. [AFP]
20:23 GMT
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of slain 36-year-old Israeli reservist Sergeant First Class.  Yair Ashkenazi, who was killed early morning in the northern Palestinian Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 25, 2014 at the military cemetery in the southern Israeli city of Rehovot. [AFP]
20:16 GMT
The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility on Friday for killing "at least" 10 Israeli soldiers after targeting an Israeli infantry unit with explosives in eastern Beit Hanoun.
Palestinian protesters throw rocks and fireworks at an Israeli guard tower during the funeral of three men on July 25, 2014, in the Beit Omar village, north the West Bank city of Hebron. [AFP]
20:10 GMT
Five Palestinians were killed yesterday as clashes intensified in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli bombardment in the Gaza Strip, while activists asserted that a new uprising against Israeli occupation is taking shape.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Natan Cohen, a 23-year-old Israeli army Captain of an armoured brigade who was killed the previous day in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, during his funeral on July 23, 2014, in the central town of Modiin, 30 kilometres from Tel Aviv. [AFP]
13:41 GMT
The Israeli army said on Friday that one of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza earlier in the day, bringing the total number of soldiers killed to 33.