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  1. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Control of water supplies seen as seen as key to Iraq and Syria conflicts

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:50pm by GDN

    ... on who controls the region's dwindling water supplies, say security analysts in London and Baghdad. Rivers, canals, dams, sewage and desalination plants are now all military targets in the semi-arid region, which regularly experiences extreme water shortages, says Michael Stephen, of the Royal United Services Institute think tank in Qatar. "Control of water supplies gives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545993/control-water-supplies-seen-seen-key-iraq-and-syria-conflicts
  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Islamic State jihadists massacred 700 tribesmen in eastern Syria: activists

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

    ... 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
  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

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

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

    ... yesterday carrying humanitarian supplies. Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, meanwhile, announced more than €24 million (HK249 million) in humanitarian aid to Iraq. ...

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

    Israel hits Gaza power plant and destroys home of Hamas leader

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 09:30pm by AP

    ... on Monday. Watch: Palestinian officials: Israel shell Gaza's sole power plant Thick black smoke rose from blazing fuel tanks at the power station that supplies up to two-thirds of Gaza's ... shells house of Hamas political leader Haniya Before dawn, Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, a former Palestinian prime minister, destroying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562090/israel-hits-gaza-power-plant-and-destroys-home-hamas-leader
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinian couple don’t let warget in the way of a wedding

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 09:30pm by AFP

    ... then I won't be able to get married for at least three years," she said. "My house was destroyed, I lost everything." But the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and other aid agencies ... paid a heavy price. Her mother, Nabila, has been in a wheelchair since she was wounded in an Israeli air raid that struck her house in 2006. Nabila also lost her son, aged nine at the time, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1573685/palestinian-couple-dont-let-warget-way-wedding
  6. 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

    ... and dealing a crippling blow to the smuggling industry. Since then, Gaza's reconstruction has depended on the materials Israel has allowed in, with supplies allowed through only for international ...

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

    Once off limits in Jewish/Palestinian conflict, mosques now military targets

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:49am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... think there are tunnels inside. It's all lies. This is Allah's house. Anyone can go inside it." Attacking a mosque was once viewed as crossing a red line in conflicts pitting Jews ... the broader Muslim world. Violent upheavals across the Middle East, political analysts say, have acclimated Muslims to seeing their houses of worship under siege. Arabic news channels and Facebook ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570859/once-limits-jewishpalestinian-conflict-mosques-now-military-targets
  8. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel, Hamas at odds over Gaza truce extension

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 01:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Gaza

    ... their homes were flattened in the offensive. “Look at my house, it is totally smashed. How can my children live here?” asked Mussa Abu al-Rus, whose house had been taken over by Israeli soldiers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1568208/israel-hamas-odds-over-gaza-truce-extension
  9. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel strikes UN school in Gaza as troops start redeploying

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 05:29pm by AGENCIES

    ... the attack happened while people were waiting in line for food supplies. In a chaotic scene inside the school's compound, several bodies, including some children, were strewn across the ground ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565574/israel-strikes-un-school-gaza-troops-start-redeploying
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking its own ceasefire with bomb attack

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 10:38am by Reuters

    ... 29 people. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said the strike on a house in Shati camp took place after the truce was scheduled to start yesterday morning. An Israeli military ... that Israel has shunned in anger at Friday's ambush in Rafah, saw a possible ruse in the humanitarian truce announcement. Hamas said attacking the house after the Israeli ceasefire began ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1566037/israel-declares-seven-hour-gaza-truce-after-fury-over-school-strike

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