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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

    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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Chief Palestinian delegate accuses Israelis of stalling in truce talks

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... to build a seaport and an airport, which Israel wants to discuss only at a later stage. Israel, which launched its offensive on July 8 after a surge in Hamas rocket fire across the border, has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577018/chief-palestinian-delegate-accuses-israelis-stalling-truce-talks
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel and Hamas harden peace talks stances as Gaza truce deadline looms

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:59pm by AFP

    ... of weapons and weapons production materials into the coastal strip. Karim said Egyptian mediators had pressed the Palestinians to present compromise proposals on the border-crossing issue. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1576242/israel-and-hamas-harden-peace-talks-stances-gaza-truce-deadline-looms
  7. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Calls begin for Israel to end its blockade to allow Gaza to rebuild

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 09:09pm by AFP

    ... 2006 after militants seized a soldier in a cross-border tunnel attack. It was significantly tightened a year later after the Islamist movement Hamas seized control of the enclave, with Israel ... now", he said. Until recently, Gazans have been able to circumvent the restrictions of the blockade by importing cement through cross-border tunnels from Egypt. But after the Egyptian military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1572240/calls-begin-israel-end-its-blockade-allow-gaza-rebuild
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Yazidis 'massacred' by jihadists in northern Iraq village: reports

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 08:15pm by AP

    ... State earlier this month captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border. The plight of the Yazidis, tens of thousands of whom were stranded on a desert mountaintop for days, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575028/new-air-strikes-pound-iraq-after-yazidis-massacred-jihadists
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Animals in Gaza zoo no safer than humans from Israeli bombardment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by AFP

    ... followed by a ground offensive nine days later to destroy a network of Hamas cross-border tunnels leading into Israel. The zoo is part of Al-Bisan, built by the Hamas government in 2008 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575099/animals-gaza-zoo-no-safer-humans-israeli-bombardment
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    All turns quiet on the Gaza front as 72-hour ceasefire comes into effect

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 04:34pm by AFP

    ... of hostilities. Sirens wailed in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as Hamas fired a barrage of 16 rockets over the border, one of which hit a Palestinian home in the West Bank, causing damage but no injuries, ... to destroy a network of cross-border tunnels, ending a ground operation which began on July 17. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said troops would be "deployed in defensive positions" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1566987/israeli-troops-withdraw-gaza-72-hour-truce-begins

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