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February 27, 2015

Refugees at the Turkish-Syrian border, which US intelligence officials claim is too porous to Daesh fighters. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
US intelligence chief: combating Daesh is not Turkey's top priority.
The countries relocated their embassies to Aden, a port city on the southern coast of Yemen. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
Saudi and Qatari ambassadors resumed their work in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, reported a Hadi-aid on Thursday. The embassies in Sana'a were evacuated in mid-February due to security concerns.
The officers will be held for four days pending investigations into the death of Karim Hamdy. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The officers will be held for four days pending investigations into the death of Karim Hamdy.

February 26, 2015

Sweden is a country that offers blanket asylum to Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a former Syrian rebel to five years in prison for war crimes.
Demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest the death sentences of three Bahrainis. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest the death sentences of three Bahrainis.
It's "the most significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan," an Israeli energy official said Thursday. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
19:13 GMT
It's "the most significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan," an Israeli energy official said Thursday.
Separatist leaders in southern Yemen on Thursday rejected a proposal to move the capital to Aden. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
18:30 GMT
Separatist leaders in southern Yemen on Thursday rejected a proposal to move the capital to Aden.
Turkish authorities detained the former police chief for a prominent journalist's death Thursday. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
17:00 GMT
Turkish authorities detained the former police chief for a prominent journalist's death Thursday.
Thursday's donation is Japan's largest-ever single contribution to the UN relief agency. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Thursday's donation is Japan's largest-ever single contribution to the UN relief agency.
Iraqi women held signs that read, "Help women who are abused by Daesh," warning the world of the group's forced marriages nearly a year ago. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A younger cohort of women are seeking to either join their fighter husbands or find partners in Daesh, an official said Thursday.
Three Bahrainis were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison Thursday after being charged of killing three policemen. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
15:30 GMT
Three Bahrainis were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison Thursday after being charged of killing three policemen.
The Saudi government said Thursday it is committed to fighting drug smuggling, one of many crimes punishable by death in the country. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Saudi government said Thursday it is committed to fighting drug smuggling, one of many crimes punishable by death in the country.
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
14:55 GMT
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday.
'The American': Abu Muhammad al Amriki is one of the many Daesh militants from the United States. (Photo: Youtube)
14:26 GMT
The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the agency is investigating suspected supporters of Daesh in all 50 American states.
Three journalists have been released after they were arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over Paris, police said Thursday. (AFP/Jean Pierre Muller)
14:00 GMT
Three journalists have been released after they were arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over Paris, police said Thursday.
Relatives walk down from the site after searching for avalanche victims in the district of Bazarak in the province of Panjshir, north of Kabul on February 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
More than 200 people have been confirmed dead in a recent series of avalanches in Afghanistan, a dramatic rise in the death toll as officials continue search for missing people.
Officials identified four of the five victims of a fire in Saudi Arabia as Bangladeshi, a labor counselor said Thursday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Officials identified four of the five victims of a fire in Saudi Arabia as Bangladeshi, a labor counselor said Thursday.
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Daesh militants during clashes on the top of Mount Zardak, on the outskirts of Mosul, on September 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
Human Rights Watch recently published a report suggesting that Kurdish forces are barring Sunni Arabs from returning to disputed lands recently liberated from Daesh control.
The 28-year-old from Tripoli is believed to be the second Christian in Lebanon to join Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
A second Lebanese Christian has reportedly joined the extremist group Daesh in Syria, according to security officials.
Anti-Christian graffiti reads, "Price tag, David the king, Jesus Junk for the Jews" on the Romanian Church in Jerusalem, May 9, 2014. (Image: Times of Israel)
11:30 GMT
A Greek Orthodox center was set on fire and vandalized with racist graffiti in the early hours of Thursday in Jerusalem.
Jihadi John executing US journalist  Steven Sotloff. (Image: Youtube)
11:25 GMT
The real identity of the Daesh militant famous for executing hostages in the terrorist group's propaganda videos has been revealed. Daesh's Jihadi John is really Mohammed Emwazi from west London.
Prominent Daesh commanders were killed, although the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unknown. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A number of senior Daesh commanders were killed Thursday by US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.
Turkish Army vehicles and tanks move near the Syrian border in Suruc on February 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack but said the intended target was a US military convoy.
Assyrian Christians praying at a church. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in the northeastern province of Hasaka.
The Australian man was killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT
An Australian national was killed fighting alongside Kurdish troops against Daesh militants in the Syrian province of Hasaka.
On 24 January an explosion targeted the Cairo Security Directorate building. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
Another bomb has exploded in the greater-Cairo area, this time at a police station in El-Waraq district in Giza governorate, making it the fourth attack in Egypt today.
Egyptians walk on al-Moez street in Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili district on February 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT
One person as been killed as three bombs explode in Cairo's Muhandiseen and Imbaba neighborhoods.
Afghani fans watch as their team plays during their victory over Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
Afghanistan fans watch as their team plays during their victory over Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin.
Lebanese troops are deployed in the border town of Arsal, on March 19, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Overnight the Lebanese army hammered Daesh with artillery in a brief attack at the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Syrian Civil Defence workers help free an 80-year-old woman from under the rubble of her home, where she spent several hours, following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on February 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:59 GMT
Residents of Aleppo struggle to maintain normalcy as war ravages their homes, businesses, and lives. This story goes behind the news to look at how Syrians living in Aleppo deal with death on a daily basis.
Bahraini female protesters hold placards portraying Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, during a demonstration against his arrest on February 25, 2015, in the village of Jidd Hafs, west of Manama. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
Bahrain’s main opposition bloc has lambasted a recent court decision to keep its secretary general in arbitrary detention, describing the measure as “an escalation against people.”
The US embassy advised its citizens in Amman to refrain from going to high-end malls due to potential terrorist threats. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The US embassy issued a strong security message for its citizens against potential terror threats in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
French lawmakers held a controversial meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the first time since 2012 on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
A Syrian court granted bail Wednesday, more than three months after the opposition fighter was detained.
"Time is running out," a foreign minister told AFP Tuesday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
"Time is running out," a foreign minister told AFP Tuesday.

February 25, 2015

Nearly 1,000 Assyrian families have run for their lives this week in the wake of kidnappings by Daesh. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
Nearly 1,000 Assyrian families have run for their lives this week in the wake of kidnappings by Daesh.
Yemen's former president is suspected of corruption and colluding with a Houthi takeover, UN investigators said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Yemen's former president is suspected of corruption and colluding with a Houthi takeover, UN investigators said Wednesday.
The three men of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will face federal courts Wednesday. (AFP/Spencer Platt)
18:44 GMT
The three men of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will face federal courts Wednesday.
The child will be tried in Fayoum after allegedly attacking security forces, a legal group said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
18:15 GMT
The child will be tried in Fayoum after allegedly attacking security forces, a legal group said Wednesday.
Customs busted an attempt to smuggle kilograms of "white powder" into Lebanon, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
17:28 GMT
Customs busted an attempt to smuggle kilograms of "white powder" into Lebanon, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
The office's opening came as part of the government's efforts to curtail the inflow of refugees. (AFP/File)
16:15 GMT
The office's opening came as part of the government's efforts to curtail the inflow of refugees.
An Egyptian street vendor carries cotton candies on al-Moez street in Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili district on February 20, 2015.(AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Egyptian courts will soon announce their verdict on the constitutionality of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.
The death toll for the Afghanistan avalanche continues to rise north of Kabul on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
14:23 GMT
The death toll for the Afghanistan avalanche continues to rise north of Kabul on Wednesday.
Popular opinion said the UK has become less tolerant toward Muslims since the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT
Popular opinion said the UK has become less tolerant toward Muslims since the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
US State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday the "historic nomination" will set a precedence for US-Somalia relations. (AFP/File)
13:32 GMT
US State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday the "historic nomination" will set a precedence for US-Somalia relations.
King Abdullah II (L) met with the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on August 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
King Abdullah will meet with King Salman on Wednesday to discuss the strengthening of ties between Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
Soldiers said armed Houthis shelled an army base in Yemen's capital, leading to a six-hour clash Wednesday. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
13:03 GMT
Soldiers said armed Houthis shelled an army base in Yemen's capital, leading to a six-hour clash Wednesday.
The National Security Adviser of the United States, Susan Rice. (AFP/Getty Images)
12:48 GMT
A top American official has blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for deciding to address Congress, saying the planned visit is destructive to relations between the US and Israel.
Fifteen people still remain trapped in the snow, according to officials. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
At least 31 people were killed while 15 others remain trapped after a series of avalanches hit Afghanistan's Panjsher province Wednesday.
The convicted belonged to a 36-member terrorist cell. (Shutterstock)
09:30 GMT
Two men belonging to a terrorist organization were sentenced to death on Tuesday by Saudi's Special Criminal Court for plotting to hijack an airplane.
A burqa-clad Afghan woman carries chopped logs after buying them at a firewood yard in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
09:19 GMT
a burqa-clad Afghan woman carries chopped logs after buying them at a firewood yard in Herat.
Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on January 30, 2015 (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:59 GMT
Kurdish militias back by US-led airstrikes have killed at least 132 Daesh militants since Saturday in an ongoing battle in northeastern Syria.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of 19-year old Palestinian Jihad al-Jaafari, who was shot dead on the roof of his house after Israeli soldiers entered the Dheishe refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem before dawn, sparking clashes with stone-throwing locals, mourn during his funeral in Bethlehem, on February 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
An autopsy revealed that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet shot at close range.
An Egyptian security official mans a checkpoint in Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
Although a bold and robust response is needed when it comes to fighting Daesh - namely now in Libya, Arab armies will not help.
A Palestinian man in front of a Gaza mosque after it was shelled by the Israel Defence Forces on 29 July 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams).
08:00 GMT
The settlers stormed Al-Jabaa village at 4am and torched Al-Huda mosque.
The IDF displays some of Israel's rockets at the port of Eliat. (AFP/File)
07:36 GMT
The human rights organization Amnesty International urged the global community to halt weapon sales and shipments to countries accused of committing mass atrocities, such as Iraq, Syria, and Israel.
Both planes allegedly crashed due to an accident, according to the Turkish army. No further details were given. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Four people were killed after two Turkish Air Force Jets crashed in Eastern Anatolia late Tuesday due to unknown reasons.
A Syrian girl sits next to a water tank at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on February 24, 2015. More than 1.1 million Syrians have fled their country's conflict to take refugee in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The World Health Organization warns water borne diseases are on the rise in Syria.
Two Israeli settlers watch Palestinian villagers following a price-tag attack in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
A ten-year-old Palestinian girl was injured after an Israeli settler hit her with a jeep in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Backdropped by Jerusalem's Old City Ottoman walls, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a joint press conference with Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat (unseen) on February 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will do anything in his power to stop the US and Iran from reaching a nuclear deal.

February 24, 2015

With opposing factions repressed, a presidential candidate is facing little competition. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
With opposing factions repressed, a presidential candidate is facing little competition.
Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday.
A poll released Tuesday showed a dead heat between Netanyahu and the Zionist Union. (AFP, EPA)
20:00 GMT
A poll released Tuesday showed a dead heat between Netanyahu and the Zionist Union.
The F-16 fighter jet. (AFP/File)
19:21 GMT
Two Turkish military training airplanes have crashed in the central province of Malatya, killing two and injuring two others.
The 19-year-old Palestinian's father said his son's body lay bleeding for nearly two hours Tuesday. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The 19-year-old Palestinian's father said his son's body lay bleeding for nearly two hours Tuesday.
Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program have shut Tehran out of the global banking system. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT
Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program have shut Tehran out of the global banking system.
At least 13 men were found guilty Tuesday of recruiting al-Qaeda members and helping Osama bin Laden find shelter. (AFP/File)
17:51 GMT
At least 13 men were found guilty Tuesday of recruiting al-Qaeda members and helping Osama bin Laden find shelter.
Five young Palestinians were arrested after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes Tuesday. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
17:10 GMT
Five young Palestinians were arrested after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes Tuesday.
Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues. (AFP/File)
16:50 GMT
Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues.
Yemeni children in the capital city, Sanaa.
16:27 GMT
A 30-year-old employee of the World Bank and her Yemeni driver were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Sanaa today.
Evidence showed the detainees had instructions on making explosives and a photo of Daesh's leader. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT
Evidence showed the detainees had instructions on making explosives and a photo of Daesh's leader.
A car-bomb explosion in Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Police and medical officials say at least 15 people have been killed and a number of others injured when bomb explosions struck areas in and around Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:30 GMT
Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria.
Palestinian authorities condemned the ruling, calling it a "reversal of truth and injustice" against the Palestinian people. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Palestinian officials condemned a US court ruling ordering the PLO to pay $218 million in damages to Americans involved in Israeli attacks between 2002-2004.
Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted. (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
13:53 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a new law which will broadly define terrorism and terrorist acts.
Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly (C) walks outside the court room after his retrial at Cairo's police academy on February 24, 2015 after an Egyptian court acquitted him and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif of corruption charges, in the latest reversal of verdicts against officials who served under strongman Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT
Egyptian courts acquitted the former prime minister and interior minister from the Mubarak regime of charges pertaining to corruption earlier today,
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest from Houthi militants on February 21. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT
President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi allegedly retracted his resignation after standing down from his post in late January.
The al-Hasakah governorate, where fierce clashes continue to unfold between Kurdish troops and Daesh, is a strategic totem for Kurdish forces because of its proximity to the Iraqi border. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
Fierce clashes near the Iraqi border between Kurdish troops and Daesh militants left some 90 Christian civlians in the hands of the extremist group.
Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq
Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while watching predawn raids from his roof in the camp. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT
A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces during a predawn raid in Bethlehem's Duheisha refugee camp.
According to one report published by Newsweek earlier this week, Daesh militants wants to use some Assyrian hostages captured in earlier clashes in northwestern Syrian towns in a prisoner swap with the Kurds. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
At least 90 Christians have been abducted by Daesh militants in northeastern Syria, activists told Reuters.
Turkish tanks drive through a street in the Syrian border town of Kobani during an operation to relocate the remains of Suleyman Shah, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Turkish forces managed to safely relocate the remains of a sacred tomb inside Syria but how did they do it? With the help of Kurds, of course.
Newly-appointed US Defense Secretary Ash Carter congregated a council of about 25 US officials who told reporters about a fresh offensive led by some 800 Iraqi troops and American warplanes against Daesh positions in western Iraq. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT
As new US Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes office, around 800 Iraqi forces, bolstered by U.S. warplanes, prepare to take on Daesh for control of the western town of al-Baghdadi.
After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go. (AFP/Vladimir Simicek)
06:01 GMT
After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go.
Daesh militants intend to launch further operations in Lebanon, according to the report. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
Daesh militants are reportedly planning wide-scale military operations in Lebanon, according to a report by The Daily Star.
A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh.

February 23, 2015

Six French citizens have lost their passports to the French government Monday for planning to fight in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:32 GMT
Six French citizens have lost their passports to the French government Monday for planning to fight in Syria.
A court in New York ruled Palestinian groups guilty for supporting terrorist acts against Israel on Monday. (AFP/File)
18:50 GMT
A court in New York ruled Palestinian groups guilty for supporting terrorist acts against Israel on Monday.
An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation. (AFP/File)
18:22 GMT
An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation.
Israel's security service caught 11 alleged Hamas fighters planning attacks against the country. (Shin Bet Security Services)
17:28 GMT
Israel's security service caught 11 alleged Hamas fighters planning attacks against the country.
Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces.
Palestinians were injured late Sunday by ammunition in Bethlehem clashes with Israeli forces. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
15:29 GMT
Palestinians were injured late Sunday by ammunition in Bethlehem clashes with Israeli forces.
Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday. (AFP/File)
15:03 GMT
Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday.
The exodus of Egyptian migrants has been increasing since the mass execution of Egyptian Christians in February. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
The exodus of Egyptian migrants has been increasing since the mass execution of Egyptian Christians in February.
CCTV footage of the girls going through airport security. (Photo: Scotland Yard)
14:32 GMT
Three teen-aged students, Shamima, 15, Amira, 15, and Kadiza, 16, left London last week for Turkey reportedly to cross over into Syria to join Daesh.
The government cracked down on organizations involved with the now-banned political group Monday. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT
The government cracked down on organizations involved with the now-banned political group Monday.
The reporters' retrial was postponed Monday shortly after their release on bail. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
13:41 GMT
The reporters' retrial was postponed Monday shortly after their release on bail.
Shiite Houthi fighters in military fatigue take part in a demonstration against the United States and the United Nations Security Council on February 20, 2015 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
Yemeni government officials will be arrested should they not return to work, according to the Houthi TV news channel Al-Masirah.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters.
Hundreds of Palestinians had to be evacuated from their homes following severe flooding in the Gaza Valley Sunday. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Israeli authorities Monday rejected claims by Gaza's government that it caused severe flooding in the Strip by releasing storm water from dams.