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August 5, 2014

Smoke over Gaza after an Israeli air strike on 8 July 2014. (AFP)
15:40 GMT

Hamas said Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve his objectives from a deadly military onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

ISIL militants continues to seize control of some areas in northern Iraq (File/AFP)
14:26 GMT

Iraqi authorities intend to track how ISIL militants receive foreign support, Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari announced on Monday.

King Abdullah spoke with former President Michel Sleiman on Tuesday, voicing support for Lebanon's army against terrorists (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Saudi's King Abdullah pledged to speed up military assistance to the Lebanese army in a bid to tackle dangerous clashes with militants in Arsal.

The senior Foreign Office minister sent a letter of resignation to PM David Cameron, stating she could " no longer support" the government's policy on Gaza (File/AFP)
12:11 GMT

The UK's most powerful Muslim politician, Sayeeda Warsi, resigned Tuesday in protest to the British government's failure to act over Gaza.

The Spanish government announced an arms embargo on Israel. [AFP]
11:56 GMT

Spain's government announced an arms embargo on Israel due to the ongoing operations in Gaza and the increasing civilian death toll.

Israeli Merkava tanks roll near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip as they return from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian coastal enclave on August 5, 2014, after Israel announced that all of its troops had withdrawn from Gaza. [AFP]
11:28 GMT

The IDF completed work to destroy 32 attack tunnels in Gaza overnight between Monday and Tuesday, a senior army source said. The source spoke shortly before the 8 a.m.cease-fire.

Moshe Feiglin posted the controversial message on Facebook, receiving over 8,000 likes (File/AFP)
11:26 GMT

An Israeli politician outlined a detailed plan for citizens of Gaza, including "the conquest of the entire Gaza Strip" and "tent encampments" for Palestinians.

At least four Afghan civilians, including two children, have been killed in a US-led airstrike targeting an area in western Afghanistan. [AFP]
11:10 GMT

At least four Afghan civilians, including two children, have been killed in a US-led airstrike targeting an area in western Afghanistan.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State  Sunni militants took control of their hometown. The Islamic State  raised its black flag in Sinjar on August 3, 2014 after ousting the peshmerga troops of Iraq's Kurdish government, forcing thousands of people from their homes. [AFP]
09:22 GMT

The United Nations (UN) says that tens of thousands of Iraqis who have been forced to flee ISIL terror in the northern town of Sinjar are currently surrounded by the members of the terrorist group.

A displaced Palestinian child looks out from a tent in Beit Lahia, where his family is taking refuge from Israeli attacks, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:11 GMT

Around 430 children were killed by Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip and 3,000 injured, according to Palestinian health officials.

After Hamas and several other Palestinian factions brought joint demands to Cairo, Egypt brokered a 72-hour ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and Israel. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

A 72-hour ceasefire deal has reportedly been reached among Palestinian faction and Israel in Egypt-proposed peace talks, set to begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The HRW said that Israel has apparently violated the laws of war on many occasions in its offensive on the Gaza Strip. [AFP]
06:50 GMT

In a report which was released on Monday, the HRW accused Israel of killing civilians as they attempted to flee the town of Khuza’a.

Palestinian men crawl under the rubble of a house looking for survivors after it was hit by an Israeli air strike on the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on August 4, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

The Foreign Office was tonight investigating reports that a British aid worker was killed this weekend in Gaza while delivering medical supplies.

August 4, 2014

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asked Iran for "tight controls" on religious media with an anti-Sunni message.
20:40 GMT

Iran has shut down several foreign-based channels running religious programs in the country in an effort to quell sectarian divisions they say are encouraged.