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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 11:39am by Reuters in Gaza and Jerusalem

    ... also came under criticism from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who said there was “a strong possibility” Israel was committing war crimes in Gaza, where at least 703 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting so far. Pillay also condemned indiscriminate Islamist rocket fire out of Gaza, and the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1558043/us-pushes-gaza-truce-death-toll-tops-700
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Children a fifth of Gaza dead in Israeli bombardment, with nowhere to hide

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:35am by AP

    ... of using civilians as human shields by firing rockets from civilian areas. But even if urged to evacuate, most Gazans have no safe place to go, rights activists say. "If you are going to attack civilian structures in densely populated areas, of course you are going to see children killed," said Bill Van Esveld, a researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch. Seventy-five ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556648/children-fifth-gaza-dead-israeli-bombardment-nowhere-hide
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Gaza death toll tops 340 as UN chief heads to Middle East in peace effort

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 05:05pm by AFP

    ... supporting the country's right to defend itself. President Barack Obama said Washington was "deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556604/gaza-death-toll-tops-300-un-chief-heads-middle-east-peace-effort
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Hamas fires more rockets from Gaza after Israel accepts ceasefire deal

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:10pm by AFP

    ... US President Barack Obama welcomed the Egyptian initiative and described the deaths of Palestinian civilians as a "tragedy" while reiterating that Israel has the right to defend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554810/gaza-rocket-fire-persists-after-israel-agrees-ceasefire
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel warns 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes as air campaign intensifies

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:31pm by AFP

    ... to materialise, sparking criticism from rights groups. The warnings were issued as Operation Protective Edge entered its ninth day, with the military seeking to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza militants. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555375/israel-warns-100000-gazans-flee-their-homes-air-campaign-intensifies
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel shoots down Hamas drone as calls for Gaza ceasefire mount

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 07:23pm by Reuters

    ... a Gaza-based Palestinian human rights group, said 869 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged in Israeli attacks over the past week. US Secretary of State John Kerry, whose bid to broker ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554146/israel-shoots-down-gaza-drone-calls-ceasefire-mount
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Jews' arrests for killing Palestinian boy forces Israelis to confront extremism

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 08:56pm by AP

    ... must now confront extremist elements within its society. Human rights advocates have long warned of an alarming rise in anti-Arab vandalism and vigilante attacks carried out by Jewish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549103/jews-arrests-killing-palestinian-boy-forces-israelis-confront-extremism
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    President of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region calls for independence

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 01:10am by AGENCIES

    ... and Iraq in the past few weeks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State "took leadership" of the oil field from Nusra Front, the official wing of al-Qaeda in Syria. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546179/president-iraqs-autonomous-kurdish-region-calls-independence
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israelis, Palestinians mount online battle over three kidnapped boys

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 09:53pm by AFP

    ... wasn't long in coming, with the hashtag immediately used to flag up the rising number of Palestinian children arrested by the Israeli army. Figures published by the Palestinian prisoner rights ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1536322/israelis-palestinians-mount-online-battle-over-three-kidnapped-boys
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video of Palestinians being shot renews charges of Israel using excessive force

    Posted May 21st 2014, 09:12pm by AP

    ... revived allegations by human rights activists that the troops often use excessive force. The Israeli rights group B'Tselem said on Tuesday that the images back its findings that troops killed ... by live fire to the upper body. He said Nawara was shot in the chest and Salameh in the right side of his back. A third Palestinian was shot and seriously wounded in the chest, Saliba said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1517335/video-palestinians-being-shot-renews-charges-israel-using-excessive-force

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