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August 3, 2014

David Cameron was accused of "silence" by Ed Miliband regarding the high death count in Gaza (File/AFP)
09:12 GMT

Leader of the UK's Labour party, Ed Miliband, accused David Cameron of failing to take action and secure peace over Israel's onslaught in Gaza.

Iraqi military successfully thwarted a militant attack on the Baiji oil refinery, located 180 kilometers  north of the capital, Baghdad, following heavy clashes with ISIL terrorists near the facility.
09:06 GMT

Iraqi army forces backed by thousands of volunteers have pushed ahead with their campaign against Takfiri ISIL militants in several areas of the country, inflicting losses on the terrorists.

Evidence that weapons with components made in Britain are being used against Gaza - ranging from weapons control and targeting systems to ammunition, drones and armoured vehicles. [AFP]
08:19 GMT

British government’s Business Innovation and Skills Department (BIS) to review all UK export licenses for arms sales to the Jewish state.

A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
07:53 GMT

The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

Government forces are believed to have regained full control of several areas close to Damascus (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

The Syrian army reportedly made gains against militants close to the country's capital, Damascus. Government forces also discovered tunnels used by opposition rebels.

People sit in front of their makeshift shelters next to a mosquito infested pond on August 1, 2014 at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Upper Nile State capital Malakal, South Sudan. [AFP]
07:41 GMT

Several states in Sudan have been hit with floods and more than 3,000 houses have been destroyed as a result of the natural disaster.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Defense Minister (unseen) at the defense ministry in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
06:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the White House "not to ever second guess me again" by forcing on Israel a ceasefire with Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

The IDF spokesman on Sunday morning announced the death of  of IDF officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in battle inthe Gaza Strip on Friday.
06:37 GMT

Family receives official notification of death from IDF; special board decided to declare his death based on medical, halachic considerations and evidence that he died in battle in Gaza.

August 2, 2014

An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
18:29 GMT

Israeli media said on Saturday that the Israeli military was unilaterally withdrawing from Gazan urban centers and re-deploying near the border in a move that suggested a limited ground re-occupation of the Gaza Strip for the foreseeable future.

A medic stands among bodies which have been placed hastily in a walk-in vegetable fridge in Rafah, Gaza. Other images are too graphic to publish in full. Hamas admitted today it may have seized - but did not kill - the Israeli soldier whose alleged kidnapping yesterday morning left a 72-hour truce in tatters. [AFP]
18:08 GMT

New photos from Gaza show bloodied bodies piled high in a walk-in vegetable fridge as a fresh wave of violence engulfs the region, where Israel and Hamas have traded furious accusations over who is to blame.

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi looks on as he delivers a speech in Cairo.
13:47 GMT

"Hamas is not interested in an accommodation," official says on condition of anonymity; Fatah delegation set to fly to Cairo for talks; following breakdown of Friday truce, Hamas officials from Gaza will not attend.

Palestinian relatives carry the body of two month old Noor al-Saidy, killed during attacks on the Gaza Strip, during her funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on August 2, 2014. [AFP]
13:39 GMT

Israel has killed more than 150 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours after Tel Aviv falsely claimed that the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, had captured one Israeli soldier.

Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP).
08:10 GMT

Approximately 70 Ethiopians escaped from a detention center in Riyadh, despite the center´s being heavily monitored by surveillance cameras.

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.

An Israeli soldier keeps watch next to the security fence standing on the Gaza border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:15 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called for the release of a soldier Israel Defense Forces said was kidnapped by Hamas after a 72-hour cease-fire was broken.