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July 19, 2014

A Palestinian looks at the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike at a morgue in the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 9, 2014. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
14:57 GMT

Israeli air strikes and shelling killed more than 25 people across Gaza on Saturday, among them children, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 333, medics said.

Israeli soldiers Photo: Israeli soldiers in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
14:42 GMT

Over 100 British teens have been signed up to fight “shoulder to shoulder” with Israeli forces in brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip, a human rights group warns.

Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 8, 2014 (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
14:30 GMT

Fighters affiliated with Hamas' military wing on Saturday infiltrated the southern Israeli region of Eshkol near Ein HaShlosha through a tunnel and attacked an Israeli army patrol, injuring at least two soldiers in the ensuing firefight.

A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
14:19 GMT

In a Friday report, Los Angeles Times cited Samir Zaitoun, a commander with Al Tawheed Brigade, a Syrian opposition group, as saying that nearly half the militants in Aleppo, mostly from small groups, have left over the last year.

(AFP)
09:04 GMT

The Palestinian Health Ministry says more than 70 of the victims have been children.

Lebanese army personal arrest a man in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.

Catherine Margaret Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on June 17, 2014. (AFP)
08:15 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 countries decided Friday to extend talks about the Iranian nuclear program for another four months, officials said.

LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT

Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

Ban Ki Moon's visit to the region was announced Friday during an emergency meeting of the Security Council over the ongoing violence in Gaza (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The UN's top chief will arrive is set to arrive in the Middle East today in the latest effort to end the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip.

July 18, 2014

Palestinians flee their home to move to a more safer location Friday (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
20:00 GMT

The number of displaced Palestinians from Gaza has almost doubled within the past 24 hours after Israel launched its ground offensive Thursday evening.

Turkish protesters held a massive prayer Friday afternoon in solidarity with the people of Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Strip (Adem Altan/AFP)
18:46 GMT

Israel announced Friday that it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Turkey saying that Ankara's leadership was inciting protests against Tel Aviv's operations in Gaza.

Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
18:04 GMT

Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,

Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
16:58 GMT

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.

More than 260 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (File Archive/AFP)
16:22 GMT

The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has also called for Hamas to immediately accept a second version of the Egyptian ceasefire deal during his meeting with Turkey's leadership in Ankara Friday.

Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
15:41 GMT

The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.