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Fifteen dead in Gaza school attack

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

The Israel Defence Force says it is investigating an attack on a United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip which was being used as a shelter by civilians to escape the fighting.

Initial reports say that at least 15 people were killed when an Israeli tank shell hit the school in Beit Hanoun.

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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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US Federal Aviation Authority lifts Israel flight ban

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

The US Federal Aviation Authority has lifted its ban on all American flights to Israel.

The aviation body reversed its earlier decision to extend the ban for another 24 hours after intensive consultations with Israeli security officials.

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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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Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.

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Israel opens second airport after airlines cancel flights

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Israel’s Transport Minister Israel Katz has ordered the immediate opening of a second airport near Eilat after US and European airlines banned flights to Israel over safety fears.

Uvda airport, just north of Eilat, has been ready to receive incoming international flights since midday Israel time in a bid to ease the concerns of airlines around the world.

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Delta Airlines cancels flights to Israel after rocket attack near Ben Gurion airport

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Delta Airlines has decided to cancel all flights to Israel after a rocket landed in the greater Tel Aviv area near Ben Gurion International airport.

On Twitter the American carrier said: “Delta suspends TLV operations until further notice.”

The policy follows a decision by Delta to divert a flight bound for Israel from New York which instead landed in Paris.

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Israeli army confirms one of its soldiers is missing

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

The Israeli army has confirmed that one of its soldiers - thought to have been killed two days ago in Gaza - has still not been found or identified.

In a statement, the military said: “The identification process of six of the soldiers killed has been completed and confirmed. The efforts to identify the seventh soldier are ongoing and have yet to be determined.”

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Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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David Cameron voices concern over mounting Gaza death toll

By Daniel Easterman, July 21, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons this afternoon that he has grave concerns over the heavy loss of life during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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