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July 12, 2014

Well-protected: Donning military gear and carrying rifles, thousands of soldiers moved into a new position on the border on the fifth day of the deadly conflict. [AP]
14:52 GMT

Israeli troops mass on Gaza border in preparation for ground attack after airstrikes hit mosque 'that was hiding Hamas weapons'

A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 11, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. [AFP]
14:35 GMT

Channel 10 reports injuries are light; Most of the rockets landed in open areas in western Negev.

Palestinians sitting on a street react after a deadly Israeli air strike that targeted their house on July 8, 2014 in the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP)
08:58 GMT

The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122 as several are wounded in an anti-Israel protest in the West Bank.

Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
08:45 GMT

Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN

(AFP)
07:47 GMT

Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Hundreds of strikes and retaliatory rockets have been exchanged between Gaza and Israel over the past week (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The United States said it is ready to "leverage its relationships" in the Middle East to end the Israeli strikes on Gaza.

July 11, 2014

Irbil released a statement Friday saying that the KRG will now control disputed northern oil fields (File Archive)
19:54 GMT

Kurdish forces seized control of Iraq's northern oilfields Friday as tensions continue to increase between Irbil and Baghdad.

Other pro-Morsi demonstrators were arrested in Alexandria Friday as well (File Archive/AFP)
19:09 GMT

At least two demonstrators were killed Friday when riot police dispersed a pro-Morsi protest in Cairo.

Bekaa is frequently targeted by spillover violence from Syria (File Archive)
19:00 GMT

At least three rockets landed in the town of Brital in Lebanon's Bekaa Friday.

Netanyahu vowed to continue the strikes on Friday despite calls from the international community to stop the violence (File Archive/AFP)
17:23 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue strikes on the Gaza strip as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.

Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon early Friday morning (File Archive)
16:42 GMT

Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.

Moroccan leadership is concerned that the country will be the subject to a new wave of terror when ISIS-linked Moroccan fighters return home to the kingdom (Courtesy of Magharebia/AFP)
16:00 GMT

Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."

Syrian refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks (File Archive/AFP)
15:32 GMT

The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.

Erdgoan is expected to win re-election in August (File Archive/AFP)
13:53 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.

Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT

At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.