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IDF rejects UN school death accusations

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

The Israeli military has forcefully rejected accusations that it was responsible for the deaths of 15 people at a UN school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the IDF said: “The inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a single errant IDF mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty.”

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Obama talks to Bibi, demands ceasefire

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

US President Barack Obama has demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening.

Mr Obama said the ceasefire should be without any preconditions to allow humanitarian aid to reach the people of Gaza.

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Two dead in violent Gaza protest in West Bank and Jerusalem

By Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

Two Palestinians have been killed and 200 wounded during violent protests in the West Bank against the continuing conflict in Gaza.

Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah – which serves as the default capital of the Palestinian Authority - to East Jerusalem where they clashed with Israeli security forces in the Qalandiya area.

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Shimon Peres bows out as president praising Israel ‘the great state’

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2014

In his farewell speech as president of Israel, Shimon Peres has spoken of his belief in the country’s strength to overcome Hamas, and his intention to continue his public service.

Speaking at the Knesset as he prepared to hand over to incoming-head of state Reuven Rivlin, Mr Peres said he had watched Israel become a “great state”.

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President's swearing-in scaled back due to war

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The tenth president of Israel, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, was sworn in at the Knesset today in a ceremony shortened because of the ongoing fighting in Gaza. Farewell celebrations for outgoing President Shimon Peres were postponed.

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Tunnel vision: the threat that has had Israelis in the dark

By Uriel Heilman, JTA, July 24, 2014

Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets.

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Devastating exchanges in Hamas 'hub'

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The eastern suburb of Gaza City, Shujaiyeh, has become a symbol of the conflict for both the Israeli and Palestinian sides following heavy casualties in fighting there this week. Palestinian sources claim that at least 60 people were killed, though some versions say it was the toll was as high as 100.

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Richard Kemp Analysis: The war crimes have been committed by Hamas

By Richard Kemp, July 24, 2014

No decent person could remain unmoved by the images of children bleeding in the street and dead babies on the mortuary slab. I have seen such sights in the flesh and feel the horror as much as anybody.

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Kerry flies in for Gaza peace talks

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has flown to Cairo in a bid to further ceasefire talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Last night, the UN Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire in light of the rising death toll and escalation of violence.

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Israeli soldier killed as IDF moves into Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2014

An Israeli soldier has been killed in Gaza on the first night of the IDF’s ground operation in the Palestinian territory.

Sergeant Eitan Barak, a 20-year-old from Hertzliya, died during the operation.

Israel said it had killed 14 terrorists overnight as it targeted Hamas’ network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

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