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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:13am by Reuters

    ... forces have focused so far on seeking out tunnels Palestinian militants might use for cross-border raids. One such infiltration was narrowly thwarted on Thursday, with the army saying it had ... Islamists, to lift border restrictions that have deepened Gaza's economic hardship and unemployment. Pope Francis phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and West Bank-based Palestinian President ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555947/israeli-begins-ground-offensive-gaza
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Fiji retracts claim over release of captured peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:29pm by Reuters

    ... Islamist militant groups, including al-Nusra, launched an attack in the volatile frontier between Syria and Israel. "We opened the border and they entered," an Israeli military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589482/fiji-retracts-claim-over-release-captured-peacekeepers-golan-heights
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Blast kills nearly all the leaders of Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:35pm by MCT

    ... varying versions of what took place at the former government agricultural research centre outside the town of Ram Hamdan near the Turkish border that had become a major Ahrar al-Sham base. One ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589483/blast-kills-nearly-all-leaders-syrian-rebel-group-ahrar-al-sham
  4. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    US rebukes Israel for ‘biggest West Bank land grab in 30 years’

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 10:44pm by Reuters and Agence France-Presse

    ... and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in June. Tensions stoked by the incident quickly spread to Israel's border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, and the two sides engaged ... "successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border with Syria," an Israeli army statement said on Sunday. Defence minister Moshe Yaalon warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583139/us-rebukes-israel-biggest-west-bank-land-grab-30-years
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff fearless in his coverage of human side to Syria's conflict

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 10:57pm by Reuters

    ... drinking rain water." In August 2013, telling colleagues he understood the dangers, Sotloff returned to Syria, slipping across the border from Turkey. He was soon kidnapped and fell ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1584623/beheaded-us-journalist-steven-sotloff-fearless-his-coverage-human-side
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamists holding UN peacekeepers hostage set high price for their release

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:12pm by Reuters

    ... which monitors violence in the Syrian civil war, said al-Nusra Front and allied fighters were battling government forces near the Golan's only border crossing and in the nearby village ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1583899/islamists-holding-un-peacekeepers-hostage-set-high-price-their-release
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon, killing two soldiers

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beirut Syrian rebels raid town inside Lebanon Syrian rebels crossed into Lebanon yesterday, raiding a border town and killing two soldiers, the most serious incursion ... their homes in Arsal, as well as two soldiers who were driving an army tanker truck. It was not clear if they were taken across the border into Syria or if they were still in Arsal. The Lebanese army ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565271/syrian-rebels-raid-town-inside-lebanon-killing-two-soldiers
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Video shows captured Syrian soldiers executed by Islamic State

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:24pm by Reuters

    ... of Syria, mostly areas in the north and east of the country. The United States has launched air strikes on the same group over the border in Iraq and is considering doing the same in Syria. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581481/video-shows-captured-syrian-soldiers-executed-islamic-state
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    About 10,000 Israeli protesters demand end to Gaza rocket attacks

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 10:31pm by Reuters

    ... halt rocket and mortar fire at southern towns bordering the Palestinian coastal territory. Many demonstrators who travelled in by bus on Thursday from parts of Israel hardest hit by rocket ... Gaza border towns, as he stood on a podium in Tel Aviv's main city square. "We fear the agreements that may result in compromise at our expense; our lives are not cheap, we're ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1574424/about-10000-israeli-protesters-demand-end-gaza-rocket-attacks
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:15am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Beirut and Amman Allegations of latest atrocity prompts Syrian opposition to call for US air strikes against Islamic State militants within its borders Jihadists ... after nine were beheaded on Wednesday and another eight on Saturday in Akhtarin. Taking the towns of Marea and Aazaz would cut supply lines to rebel groups. Aazaz, next to a border crossing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575549/islamic-state-jihadists-massacred-700-tribesmen-eastern-syria-activists

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