#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 –“This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including <a class="zem_slink" title="China" "Vitaly Churkin" in reply to air-strikes on Syria ………. as cited. Related articles Russia says US airstrikes without UN mandate would be “act of aggression” Moscow‘s reply to Air strikes by the U.S. Air Force at ISIS positions in Syria without consent from Damascus would add more new complications to the international community’s efforts to counteract terrorism, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday as he spoke live on the Rossiya’24 news channel. “Regular cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in the UN format continues and it embraces fighting with terrorism,” he said. “I have a headache of a different sort on,” Churkin went on. “Newspapers are writing of President Obama’s willingness to deliver air strikes at the positions of ISIS on the territory of Syria and it looks like he would do so without the Syrian government’s consent.” “I’m worried by a different thing,” he said. “Newspapers say President Obama has ostensibly taken a decision to deliver air strikes at the positions of the ISIS terrorist organization on the Syrian territory and judging by everything he will do it without the Syrian government’s consent.” “This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including China,” Churkin said. “Respect for international law is necessary so that the international community could be able to take consolidated actions on a problem as complicated as this one and if it /the U.S./ opts for such actions, its choice will be highly regrettable and will create obstacles for further cooperation – something we already spoke about,” he said. “As for an encouraging instance of cooperation, the American who are now presiding at the Security Council are going to appoint a special meeting there on September 25 and to adopt a resolution on the problem of international terrorist fighters,” Churkin said. “The latter are a new phenomenon – these paramilitaries drift from one country to another and many such people are fighting in Iraq and Syria at the moment,” he said. “The resolution aims to enable the international community to fight with the phenomenon even better. #ANS2014
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#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 Today the National Security Agency’s (NSA) legal authority for collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is scheduled to expire.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has a bill to end that program, but it could take weeks for him to convince Senate leaders to put this bill on the calendar.
In the meantime, the Obama administration is likely to ask for a secretive federal surveillance court to renew the agency’s powers.
#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN UNION – September 09 – A new package of sanctions against Russia has been adopted by the EU.
Previous reports said the “further restrictive measures” were aimed at targeting three major oil companies, as well as the defense sector.
According to a Monday statement by the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the new package was adopted through written procedure,“deepening the targeted measures of 31 July.”
“The sanctions aim at promoting a change of course in Russia’s actions destabilizing eastern Ukraine,” the statement reads.
Although it was previously reported that the new sanctions could come into force by Tuesday, the final EU decision did not specify the date when they will be applied, only saying it “will take place in the next few days,” leaving time “for an assessment of the implementation of the cease-fire agreement [in Ukraine].”
“Depending on the situation on the ground, the EU stands ready to review the agreed sanctions in whole or in part,” Van Rompuy’s statement reads.
Over the weekend, some EU diplomats told Reuters that the sanctions could be lifted if the ceasefire between the Ukrainian government and militia forces holds. The truce was agreed last week.
“A ceasefire must hold for sanctions to be lifted,” the agency quoted a senior EU diplomat as saying.
According to some EU representatives, the sanctions could “even get ridden off entirely.”
Despite some shooting over the weekend, “overall the ceasefire held,” an OSCE security watchdog said on Monday, adding that “it is still shaky.”
The new package of sanctions is reportedly aimed at Russian state-owned oil companies, particularly Rosneft, Transneft, and Gazpromneft.
On Monday, Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russia may shut its air corridors to Western airlines if the next round of European sanctions hits Russia’s energy sector.
In order to be approved, the restrictive documents needed to be signed by all 28 member states of the European Union. There were reports that the decision did not go through at once, and an EU ambassadors emergency meeting had to be called, as some governments had second thoughts on the new ‘punishment’ for Moscow.
“The ceasefire is an enormous step forward and with that comes the possibility of a political solution…There is quite a strong appetite across Europe for saying we want a political solution here, we don’t want a ramping up of the economic pressure,” British opposition MP and peace campaigner Jeremy Corbyn told RT.
#AceWorldNews – Snippets of News – September 09
Explosion injures 8 people in Chile
At least eight people were injured when a bomb exploded next to a fast food restaurant in Santiago, Chile on Monday. The restaurant is adjacent to a metro station. Authorities are investigating the blast, which occurred at around 2 p.m. local time. Two people were seriously injured, while some others suffered hearing loss. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Chilean government has called a “terrorist act.”Police believe that two suspects who planted the device escaped in a car.
EU could postpone new sanctions against Russia – source
The EU could postpone the introduction of a new package of sanctions against Russia, ITAR-TASS reported, citing a diplomatic source at a mission of one of the West European states. The European Commission earlier said it expected the package of sanctions to get its final approval on Monday. “The package is due to be formally adopted by the member states through written procedure later today,” RIA Novosti quoted Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen as saying.
Arab League countries to combat Islamic State
The Arab League has said its member states have agreed to combat, individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region, AP reported. The group issued a resolution on Monday after late-night meetings a day earlier. The documents do not explicitly back American military action against the militants. However, it said immediate measures to combat the group will be implemented on political, defense, security and legal levels.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Irish church
The resignation of the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has been accepted by Pope Francis, the Vatican said on Monday. Cardinal Sean Brady announced his plan to retire in August, just before he turned 75, at which age all bishops must offer their resignation, Reuters said. Brady became embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal when a BBC television documentary in 2012 said he had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975. Brady will be succeeded by Monsignor Eamonn Martin, 52. Martin was appointed last year as “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, an important diocese in Northern Ireland whose archbishop has the title “Primate of All Ireland.”
3 German men arrested in Frankfurt over Al-Shabaab links
Three German men suspected of being members of the Somalian terrorist organization Al-Shabaab were arrested at Frankfurt Airport, prosecutors said Monday. They attempted to re-enter the country on Saturday, after landing in Frankfurt from Kenya. The men are suspected of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and of preparing an act of violence in connection with their time in Somalia, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said. However, prosecutors say “there is no evidence the suspects had made any concrete preparations or plans for attacks” in Europe.
Ruling coalition in Poland backs parliament speaker Kopacz for PM – spokeswoman
Both parties in Poland’s governing coalition back parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz to be the next prime minister, Reuters quoted an aide to the Polish president as saying on Monday. Janusz Piechocinski, the leader of the junior partner in the coalition, visited President Bronislaw Komorowski earlier on Monday and expressed his support for Kopacz, according to presidential spokeswoman Joanna Trzaska-Wieczorek. Prime Minister Donald Tusk will step down to take up the post of president of the European Council. His Civic Platform party has already backed Kopacz to succeed him.
Suicide bomber kills 16 at Sunni tribal gathering in Iraq
A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people at a meeting between security forces and Sunni militiamen in a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, AP reported, citing Iraqi officials. The bomber drove his explosives-laden Humvee into the gathering of a major Sunni tribe, the Al-Jabour, in Duluiyah, some 80km north of Baghdad. The bombing was followed by clashes with militants who tried to seize the town, which fell to the Islamic State for two days in July.
Islamist rebels in Somalia pledge allegiance to new leader after Godane’s killing
Militants of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed. They said the enemies would reap the “bitter fruits” of revenge after Ahmed Godane’s killing, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab confirmed he was killed by a US airstrike in a raid last Monday. Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida will replace him to head the group, which wants to impose its strict version of Islam on Somalia. The group also reaffirmed its allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 policemen in southern Afghanistan
A Taliban suicide bomber has killed a district police chief and his two guards in southern Kandahar province, AP quoted officials as saying on Monday. The attack took place the previous day at the police headquarters in Arghistan district, according to Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar. The police chief, Abdul Manaf, and two policemen who served as his bodyguards died in the blast. Six other officers were wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the movement’s spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said.
Israel rejects New Zealand envoy, sparks diplomatic row
New Zealand officials say the country’s new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he’s also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority, AP said. Jonathan Curr was due to travel to Israel in the coming days to present his papers. Israel’s embassy in Wellington said Monday that the matter was a “protocol principle” applicable to all ambassadors to Israel. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was gathering “more information on the issue.” New Zealand’s ambassadors in Turkey have been responsible for covering several areas of the Middle East since 2008.
#AceWorldNews – IRAN (Tehran) – September 08 – Iran accused the United States on Sunday of not taking the threat from ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the Takfiri militants.
“There is still no serious understanding about the threat and they (the United States) have as yet taken no serious action,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with IRIB on Sunday morning.
“US has not been serious in fighting ISIL which roots in their double standards; the US supported ISIL back in Syria and now they want to fight them in Iraq,” he added, according to Mehr news agency.
The top Iranian diplomat said that there has not been enough and comprehensive understanding of ISIL threat yet, but “the Islamic Republic of Iran was aware of its danger since the beginning of ISIL establishment and Iran president’s WAVE (World Against Violence and Extremism) suggested to the last year UN General Assembly proves the Islamic Republic’s logic regarding such issues.”
He pointed to the Leader’s emphasis on danger of radicalism and said that “we know the ISIL danger and stand besides our Iraqi sisters and brothers to control it but this is dangerous for the whole region and international cooperation is needed to eradicate it.”
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 08 – A U.S. military charter aircraft flying from Afghanistan to Dubai landed in Iran because of a misunderstanding over a flight plan, two U.S. officials confirmed Friday and USA today reported with AP media sources
The plane was allowed to depart after spending several hours on the ground in southern Iran. The State Department later confirmed that it had landed in Dubai.
“We appreciate the efforts of all parties to help the passengers get safely to their destination,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. She described the problem as a “bureaucratic issue” with the plane’s flight plan.
The flight was carrying about 100 passengers, most of them U.S. government contractors, and originated in Bagram, a large military air base in Afghanistan. There were no U.S. service personnel on board.
The aircraft was operated by Fly Dubai, a commercial airline based in the United Arab Emirates.
The officials said the Iranians asked the pilot to turn around. The pilot, worried that the aircraft didn’t have enough fuel to return to Bagram, was given an option to land instead at an airport in southern Iran, Bandar Abbas.
The officials said the pilot was flying an established flight plan through Iranian airspace, but the flight had been delayed by several hours in Bagram. As a result, the Iranians had not expected them at the time they were flying through their airspace.
Contributing: The Associated Press
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 08 – Panera Bread is asking customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. The request places it on a growing list of companies asking guests to refrain from toting firearms into their locations amid an ongoing nationwide debate about gun policy.
“The request is simply we recognize everyone’s rights,” said Panera CEO Ron Shaich during a phone interview Monday. “But we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath.”
“We’re simply respectfully requesting that people leave their guns at home,” he added. “It’s that simple.”
The move nods to why people choose to dine at Panera—essentially to catch a breath and mellow out, Shaich said. To date, the chain hasn’t had any material issues with firearms at its stores, he added.
While the request is new, Panera plans to continue to follow state and local laws regarding firearm policy. The chain also won’t ask employees to enforce the new request or place signs about it in its restaurants.
“We’re certainly not going to put our associates in the position of confronting someone carrying a gun,” he said. “We won’t put our café management in the position of being law enforcement.”
“I think this industry has attempted to figure out how it stands out of ‘make a point’ political battles by advocates on either extreme,” Shaich said. “I think what we feel is we’re trying to be respectful of people’s rights while at the same time ensuring that Panera isn’t the battleground for political statement.”
When asked about potential alienation due to the request, Shaich said the chain’s customer base hold a wide spectrum of opinions.
“I think at its core people get the request to make this an everyday oasis and not make this a battleground for political opinion,” he added.
By CNBC’s Katie Little
#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – The value of the pound has fallen in the wake of an opinion poll which suggested the pro-UK campaign had lost its lead ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.
Sterling fell by about 1.3% against the US dollar to a ten-month low of $1.61.
Shares in some firms with Scottish links have also fallen.
The SNP has dismissed a promise by the Chancellor to unveil a timetable for further devolution if voters reject independence as a last-minute “bribe”.
George Osborne had said on Sunday that a “plan of action” would be set out in the next few days to give “more powers to Scotland; more tax powers, more spending powers, more powers over the welfare state”.
BBC Scotland’s political correspondent Glenn Campbell has reported that a new body will also be set up to hammer out more powers for Holyrood if there is a “No” vote on 18 September.
It came in the wake of a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times over the weekend which was the first mainstream study to put the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign narrowly ahead
AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – September 08 – Tunisia’s main Islamist party, Ennahda, said on Sunday it would not contest a presidential election in November, in the interest of ensuring an inclusive government for all Tunisians.
Ennahda is one of the two front-runners to win next month’s parliamentary election and provide the next prime minister, but opposition groups say its dominance of the last government almost derailed Tunisia’s transition to democracy following its revolution of 2011.
The president makes senior military and foreign policy appointments as well as nominating the prime minister, and ceding the post to an outside candidate on Nov. 23 sends a signal that Ennahda will avoid making the same mistakes if it wins the parliamentary election.
“We want to send a positive message to the Tunisian people and politicians … We do not want to dominate all contests, especially since Ennahda will feature strongly in the parliamentary election next month,” party spokesman Zied Ladhari told Reuters.
Ennahda won the first free election after the overthrow of autocratic president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, but was accused by the opposition of seeking to entrench itself in power, disregarding the interests of a large secular urban population and being lenient toward radical Islamists.
When two secular opposition leaders were assassinated by Islamist militants last year, the only stable, democratic government to emerge from any of the Arab Spring revolutions appeared to be in jeopardy, until Ennahda stepped down in favour of a non-partisan interim government.
Opinion polls taken two months ago put both Ennahda and the main secular party, Nida Tounes, on around 30 percent.
#AceWorldNews – SOMALIA – September 08 – Militants of the Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed.
They said the enemies would reap the “bitter fruits” of revenge after Ahmed Godane’s killing, Reuters reported. Al-Shabaab confirmed he was killed by a US air-strike in a raid last Monday.
Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida will replace him to head the group, which wants to impose its strict version of Islam on Somalia.
The group also reaffirmed its allegiance to Al-Qaeda
#AceWorldNews – SCOTLAND – September 08 – Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead.
Just days before Scotland’s four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to break the 300 year union with the United Kingdom, a survey by pollsters YouGov put the pro-independence ‘Yes’ campaign on 51 percent and pro-Union supporters on 49 percent.
The poll, which is the first to put pro-independence supporters in the lead, completes a stunning turnaround which has seen the ‘Yes’ campaign overturn a 22 percent lead held by the pro-Union Better Together just a month ago.
Last month, Salmond was widely perceived to have won the second televised debate with Labour politician Alistair Darling, the leader of Better Together, and the Scottish first minister.
Salmond has been able to trade on his reputation as Scotland’s most popular politician. Although most of Scotland’s MPs are held by the Labour party, the YouGov poll found that just one in three Scots have faith in arguments made by Labour politicians Darling and former prime minister Gordon Brown, the highest profile campaigners in the Better Together team.
Meanwhile, Salmond and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon enjoy a trust rating of over 40 percent among voters. British prime minister David Cameron, a Conservative, is trusted by just 23 percent of Scots.
Cameron has faced calls from his party that he would have to resign if the referendum is lost.
Contributions – EUobserver – BBC News – Guardian – YouGov
#AceWorldNews – FRANCE (Paris) – September 08 – French Prime Minister Manual Valls on Sunday (7 September) warned that the far-right is “at the gates of power”, as the ruling left struggles under its unpopular president, Francois Hollande.
“In France, the extreme right of Marine Le Pen is at the gates of power,” he said, speaking at an annual gathering of fellow left-wing politicians in Bologna, Italy.
The warning followed an IFOP opinion poll over the weekend, which suggests Marine Le Pen would beat all her rivals by winning the first round of a presidential election.
It also comes on the heels of an unflattering memoir by Hollande’s former partner Valerie Trierweiler, who describes the 60-year old French president as an opportunist and as someone who spurns the poor.
But under Le Pen the weakest would be the first to suffer, said Valls, “and it will also be a terrible, perhaps fatal, blow to Europe”.
Countering the far-right momentum across Europe requires socialist governments and politicians to act and speak differently “in order to be listened to and to be heard,” he said.
Although Le Pen failed to muster enough MEPs to create her own far-right faction in the European Parliament, her precipitous rise in France over the past year has shocked many on the left.
#AceWorldNews – India(New Delhi) – September 07 – Every summer, when Minoo Phakey’s water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighbourhood: She calls the Mafia.
Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city’s groundwater.
With India’s capital gripped by its annual hot season water shortage, the city’s so-called tanker mafia is doing a roaring trade.
An estimated 2,000 illegal tankers ply New Delhi’s roads every day, lifelines to millions whose taps have run dry, and symptoms of a much bigger problem – the city’s desperately dysfunctional water system.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – Seven Afghani men have been found guilty of kidnapping, attacking and gang raping four women who were returning to Kabul after a wedding on August 23.
Violence against women is common in Afghanistan but barely receives as much attention as this case, which has seen President Karzai call for the men’s deaths.
The men were wearing police uniforms when they stopped a convoy of cars, pulled the women out and attacked them, according to local police.
#AceWorldNews – JORDAN (Amman) – September 07 – The Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has criticized the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) jihadists for the beheading of two US journalists, saying that the killings contradict Islamic teaching.
Abu Qatada is awaiting the verdict of an Amman court in Jordan for his role in an alleged terrorist plan to blow up American, Israeli and other Western tourists during the 2000-millennium celebrations.
He allegedly told reporters waiting outside the court that journalists are “messengers of truth” and that killing them is against religious teachings, according to the BBC.
He was speaking to the media from the dock of a court in Amman, Jordan, during a hearing in a terrorism trial.
The case against Abu Qatada, who was deported from the UK last year after a long legal battle with the government, was adjourned until 24 September.
He is on trial in Jordan over his alleged involvement in a thwarted plot aimed at the millennium celebrations in the country in 2000.
#AceWorldNews – September 07 – Two NATO warships, Canadian frigate Toronto and Spain’s Almirante Juan de Borbon have entered Black Sea waters over the weekend, Itar Tass news agency reported referring to its military diplomatic source.
The ships will take part in the international Sea Breeze drill, conducting exercises from September 8 to 10.
On Friday, another two NATO warships, the French Navy ship Commandant Birot and the US destroyer Ross, entered the area.
It is expected that the drill will also involve Turkish and Romanian frigates, as well as a Georgian patrol boat.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 07 – The United States has not made any offers on military assistance to Ukraine’s government, Reuters quoted a senior US official as saying Sunday.
“No US offer of lethal assistance has been made to Ukraine,” the official said.
Earlier on Sunday, advisor to the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Yuri Lutsenko, said that agreements had been reached at the NATO summit in Wales to supply advanced weapons to Ukraine from several countries, including the United States, France, Italy and Poland.
#AceWorldNews – CZECHOSLOVAKIA – September 07 – The Czech Republic will supply Iraq’s Kurds with ammunition worth over US$2 million, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said in televised statement on Sunday.
As quoted by RIA Novosti.“Right after Iraq’s new government begins its work, which is planned for September 14, I will visit the country for talks on the supply of weapons, the first tranche of which has already been approved by the Czech government.
The cost of the first delivery is over 40 million korunas (or $2 million), but it is gratuitous on our part,” Zaoralek said.
On Wednesday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said that Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Canada, and Albania will provide “arms and equipment” to Kurdistan, northern Iraq, which joined the central Baghdad government in the fight against Islamic State militants, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS/ISIL)
#AceWorldNews – EYGPT (Cairo) – September 07 – The secretary-general of the Arab League has appealed to Arab countries to find the political will to confront Islamic State insurgents and other militant groups, describing them as an existential threat.
Nabil Elaraby said Sunday the unprecedented challenges facing Arab countries, including the Islamic State group holding territory in Iraq and Syria, chaos in Libya and turmoil in other part of the regions, has tested the 22-member regional group.
He said the group often disagrees over what to do or uses the pretext of non-interference to avoid accusation of meddling in each other’s affairs, while saying some wouldn’t refuse a Western intervention.
#AceWorldNews – North Korea (Pyongyang) – September 07 – Matthew Miller, one of three American citizens currently held captive in North Korea, will be put on trial on September 14 for “perpetrating hostile acts.”
Miller was arrested in April, when he tore up his visa at the immigration desk and demanded political asylum -according to an official statement from Pyongyang.
Less than a week ago Miller and two other Americans, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, made a video address in an interview with CNN, something very unusual for the North Korean prison system, with a plea to the US government to send a special envoy to the isolated state to negotiate their release, AFP reports.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to disclose American diplomatic moves to release the prisoners, saying Washington did not want to jeopardise efforts.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 07 – Libya accused Sudan of arming terrorists and expelled the country’s military attaché on Saturday, a government statement said.
The Libyan government added that a Sudanese military transport plane under the control of a militant group had entered its airspace, with the intention of supplying a “terrorist group” with ammunition. “This work from the Sudanese state violates [the sovereignty] of the State of Libya and interferes with its affairs,” the Libyan statement said, claiming that Sudan is actually “supporting a terrorist group.
According to Libya, the Sudanese plane was on its way to Tripoli-Matiga airport after making a refuelling stop in the Libyan desert oasis Kufra near the border with Sudan.
Sudan has confirmed that it sent a military plane, but denied it was meant to support non-state militant groups, stating that the plane was carrying equipment for a joint Libyan-Sudanese border force.
#AceWorldNews – MEXICO – September 07 – More than 2,000 people were evacuated and a fishing village of 7,000 residents suffered severe flooding, as Hurricane Norbert came close to Mexico’s Pacific coast on Saturday, according to officials cited by AFP.
With winds of up to 185 km/h (115 miles per hour), the storm increased to a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the US National Weather Service.
It has, however, been moving away from the west coast of the Baja California peninsula.
It’s expected that the storm will weaken in the next 24 hours.
#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 07 – Egypt news reported that Ansar al-Bayt al-Maqdis, a group labelled as a terrorist organization by Egypt and the US, distributed a pamphlet to residents of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid, North Sinai seeking their support against the military.
According to security sources and eyewitnesses, the group has lost a great deal of its balance after being pounded by military and police operations and the anger of Sinai tribes after nine youth were killed by the group over alleged cooperation with Israel and the security forces.
“We want to answer your concerns. You might be asking who we are. We are your sons of the Mujahideen of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, men of this country, grey-haired and young. We might be your neighbours or your relatives, but we are preoccupied with this nation. We want its goodness and we reject humiliation, slavery, or to be ruled by other than God’s law,” the statement read. “Be with us in order to implement God’s religion. We are not more courageous and bestowing than you are. But the nation needs more of you and if you are not with us, do not be with our enemies.”
Tribal sources in North Sinai confirmed that this statement is not the first of its kind in the region, but it is the first in Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid and the first time elements of the group distribute a statement publicly to citizens.
Security sources said that the group is losing ground and is trying to come back through a popular cover, pointing out that a state of anger prevails in Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwaid because of the practices of the group.
The sources added that police receive daily tips by citizens about roadside bombs planted by the group.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – September 01 – Muslim leaders have issued a fatwa condemning Islamic extremist group Isis, and have said that British jihadis are “betraying their own societies” by getting involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
’ ISIS Jihadists Rip-Up Passports ‘
The fatwa represents the British Muslim community’s strongest denunciation of Isis yet, calling the extremist group “heretical” and “an oppressive and tyrannical group.”
According to The Sunday Times, the fatwa, authored by Sheik Usama Hasan, a former imam from east London, and supported by six senior Islamic scholars across the country, says it is “religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join” Isis.
Though Muslims have a “moral obligation” to help the Syrian and Iraqi people, they must do so “without betraying their own societies,” the fatwa states.
Baroness Warsi, former Foreign Office minister: “These are substantial figures and I welcome this announcement. The Islamic State is neither a state nor Islamic. I echo the words of these religious leaders.”
#AceWorldNews – SAMOA (Apia) – August 31 – Ahead of the official opening of the United Nations conference on small island developing countries, the UN and Samoan flags were raised on Saturday over the site in the capital, Apia, that will host what is considered the largest conference of its kind in the Pacific region.
“It’s critically important for us to put our best foot forward and we have done just that,” chief executive of the conference Falalavauu Perina Sila told UN Radio following the flag raising.
With cannons firing, the UN blue and the Samoan blue, red and white were hoisted over the Tuana’imato sports complex in a symbolic handing-over of the venue to the UN for the next several days.
The site’s aquatic centre is used for accreditation, with photos for identification cards being taken next to diving boards and a lap pool. The hockey stadium has been temporarily converted into office space. Hanging bananas decorate walkways where joggers once stepped, and electric carts ride up and down the complex routes.
On Friday afternoon, the site had more visiting families than delegates. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is set to begin on 1 September, with a series of pre-conference forums on youth, private sector and civil society, organized mostly off-site.
Safuneituuga Paaga Neri, surrounded by her grandchildren, was among those visiting the complex.
“I wanted them to see this. It is historic,” she said. As part of the preparations for the conference, the school year was adjusted to give students a break, and free up more volunteers for the conference.
In addition, residents have been decorating the villages between the Faleolo International Airport and Apia’s centre. Visitors are welcomed with flags, painted coconuts and flowers.
Asked what she hoped the conference would bring, Ms. Neri’s answer turned to climate change. She stressed that partnerships must be created that will allow people living near the shores to withstand extreme weather and rising sea levels.
Samoan journalist Andrew Fassau told UN Radio that the people he has interviewed in the run-up to the event are particularly concerned about the impact of climate change.
“They hope that something good will come out of this conference with regard to the small island nations like us,” he said, adding that islanders are pointing to industrialized nations for causing the climate woes.
The expectations held for this conference are seen outside of the sports complex gates, where Samoan police direct traffic on streets named “SIDS,” “welcome” and “hope.”
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World Food Programme: ‘ GAZA – For The First Time Since 2007 a Humanitarian Convoy of UN WPF Successfully Crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip Today ‘
#AceWorldNews – GAZA – August 27 – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.
’ Rafah Border Crossing Was Closed Now Open For Aid and Feeding People ‘
After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates.
A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days.
This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.
“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.
To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.
“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.
ST LOUISIANA: ' Thousands of Mourners Packed the Baptist Church for Funeral of Michael Brown As Eric Davis Encouraged People to Show Their Anger at the Polls not on the Streets '
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES – ST. LOUIS — Thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral for Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting following a confrontation with a white police officer set off weeks of sometimes violent protests.
The service began with energy, including songs from a church choir and Scripture readings. The line from Scripture: "If God be for us, who can be against us?" drew loud applause.
Several family members shared short stories.
"Michael also stated to the family that one day the world would know his name. He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy," Brown’s cousin, Eric Davis, told the crowd. "But we are here today remembering the name of Michael Brown."
Davis encouraged people to show their anger at the polls instead of with violent demonstrations.
"Every time change has come, it’s come through the youth and the young generation," Davis said. "This generation is saying we have had enough of this senseless killing. We have had enough of this."
Michael Brown’s step mother, Cal Brown, said Michael shared similar memories. "Mike-Mike," as he was called, had promised to "shake the world."
CAIRO: ‘ Israeli and Palestinian Negotiator’s Agree to Extend Temporary Cease-Fire But Hamas Official Izzat al-Rishq Accuses Israel of Raising Demands ‘
#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 19 – With the five day cease-fire due to end both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire in Gaza by 24 hours on Monday night, as talks in Cairo struggled to secure a long-term deal to end the six-week conflict US Guardian reported.
Long negotiations ended late on Monday night with the Palestinian delegation claiming the two sides were still some way from an agreement, and hinting that the ceasefire would not be extended again if a lasting truce still could not be finalised on Tuesday.
"Until now there is no progress," said Azzam al-Ahmad, the chief Palestinian negotiator, as the previous five-day ceasefire ended at midnight.
"There are hidden voices who are trying to put obstacles in our way.
We have agreed on an extension for another day – just one day.
Whether we agree or not, just one day."
According to Haaretz the word is this will be the last cease-fire there will be no more stated Hamas. In a statement:
’ No more truce extensions after this, Hamas official says Izzat al-Rishq accuses Israel of raising demands that undermine Cairo talks ‘
The actual question is how much of this posturing will it take for someone to compromise.
GAZA CITY: ‘ 72-Hour Cease-Fire Agreed by Israel and Hamas Takes Affect and Still Holds Next Step Continuation of Talks in Cairo ‘
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 11 – A 72-hour cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and Hamas took effect at midnight on Monday. Prior to the commencement of the cease-fire, officials said an Israeli delegation would travel to Cairo to continue indirect negotiations for a more permanent truce with Palestinian factions if the cease-fire was fully observed. Israel had previously announced it would not negotiate under fire.
The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said Sunday that unless Israel agreed to return to Egyptian-mediated talks without pre-conditions, the delegation would leave Cairo.
Israel struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before. Rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities in the surrounding areas and cities as far north as Tel Aviv persisted until minutes before the cease-fire was to begin.
GAZA CITY: Protective Edge Day 33 ‘ Threats and Counter Threats With Egyptian Mediator’s Threatening to Leave Talks ‘
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 10 – The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam Ahmed, said that unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without pre-conditions, the delegation will leave Cairo.
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, August 10, 2014. Photo by AP
Israel has said it will not take part in the talks while violence is ongoing.
Palestinians factions in Cairo refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport.
Israel has struck more than 25 targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and some 60 the day before Haaretz reported.
Meanwhile, rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli communities persisted.
Sunday’s Live Events:
11:28 A.M. A 14-year-old boy was killed and three were wounded in an Israeli air strike in Dir al-Balah, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Earlier three Palestinians were killed in separate attacks in the Strip. The latest incidents raise the Palestinian death toll in the Israeli operation in Gaza to 1,917. According to Palestinian officials, 9,878 have been wounded.
11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ministers during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that the Gaza operation "will continue and will take time."
"Hamas won’t wear us down, and we will not negotiate under fire," he adds.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tells the cabinet: "Hamas must be defeated."
"We [must] clean up the area and leave as fast as possible. If only someone would have listened to me on day one, we would have been done already."
10:53 A.M. The Israel Air Force has struck 25 Gaza targets since midnight. (Gili Cohen)
10:49 A.M. Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said during the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel must "break the Hamas’ military force in Gaza. This was true before and it is true now, residents of the Gaza envelope must be able to return safely to their homes." (Barak Ravid)
10:31 A.M. Prosecutors in Be’er Sheva are to press charges against six Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and the Islamic Jihad for their involvement in rocket fire on Israel and the digging of tunnels from Gaza. The six were arrested after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched on July 8. (Shirley Seidler)
9:39 A.M. Four mortar shells explode in Eshol Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)
8:44 A.M. Palestinian negotiator Bassam Salhi, who represents a small PLO faction, says his team met late Saturday with Egyptian mediators.
In the meeting, the Palestinians were told that Egypt is in touch with Israeli officials and hopes to make progress, Salhi said.
"We told the Egyptians that if the Israelis are not coming and if there is no significant development, we are leaving today," he says. (AP)
6:31 A.M. Two rockets exploded in open field in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)
6:14 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Israeli town near Gaza border. (Haaretz)
4:05 A.M. Latest rocket siren was a false alarm. (Israel Radio)
3:35 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in two Israeli towns by Gaza border. (Haaretz)
2:43 A.M. About 500 demonstrators in New York have turned out to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
They met near Columbus Circle and marched to United Nations headquarters Saturday, chanting: "Free, free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!"
Zouleikha Ban says she was born in Algeria, but protesters feel they are all Palestinians because she says "there is no justice" in Gaza.
Protest organizers called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.
A social media movement aimed at uniting Jews and Arabs planned a silent protest and candlelight vigil in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near UN headquarters later Saturday.
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters demonstrated in front of a midtown Manhattan office building on Aug. 1 after a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire broke down in Gaza. (AP)
12:05 A.M. Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations to end the war in Gaza without setting conditions, the head of the delegation Azzam Ahmed said.
"Tomorrow we have a meeting with the Egyptian leadership in the morning and on the basis of that we will decide our future plan," Ahmed told Al Arabiya television.
"We will leave Cairo tomorrow if it is confirmed to us that they will not return except with conditions."
Israel has said it will not take part in truce talks while violence is ongoing. Palestinians factions in Cairo for the negotiations refused to extend a 72-hour ceasefire that expired on Friday, saying Israel had refused to accept demands including an end to the blockade of Gaza and the opening of a seaport. (Reuters)
11:09 P.M. Israel Air Force struck a vehicle in Rafah carrying three Hamas militants. Approximately an hour earlier, the IDF targeted another Hamas member. More than 60 targets were hit in the Gaza Strip in past 24 hours. (Gili Cohen)
MOSCOW: ‘ Russian Billionaire Confirms He is Ready to Build a Railway Tunnel Under Kerch Strait Linking Crimea to Mainland Russia ‘
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – On August 04 in an interview with the Russian billionaire businessman Gennady Timchenko he confirmed he was ready to build a railway tunnel under the Kerch Strait for $1.12 billion to connect Crimea and mainland Russia.
Timchenko said in the interview that the project would be 13 times cheaper than the construction of the undersea Eurotunnel connecting England and France and three times cheaper than the Marmaray tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait.
Timchenko said his project had obvious advantages over the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, which would be over six times more expensive than a tunnel.
“Experts are favouring a project to build a bridge in the area of Tuzla,” Timchenko said. “This is correct strategically but the cost of the project would be up to $7 billion.
BRUSSELS: ‘ EU Ready to Appeal to WTO Over Russian Import Bans Due to Lose of Billions of Euro’s in Trade ‘
#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – August 07 – The EU is ready to appeal to the World Trade Organization to have the Russian agriculture import bans lifted, a European diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS.
“Politically motivated large-scale trade restrictions are a direct violation of WTO rules, which Russia pledged to comply with,” the diplomat said. “These measures will be thoroughly analysed, and then relevant claims will be submitted with the WTO.”
The source added that the European Commission would start analysing Russia’s ban on imports from EU states as soon as the official list of banned goods would be published.
The EU Council may convene an urgent meeting in connection with Russia’s response to European sanctions.
It is early to say whether the EU will take measures in response to the Russian ban on imports of food products from Europe, source told.
“First, it is necessary to see and analyse the official list of product that Moscow intends to ban. After that, decisions will be made both at the European and the national level,” the source stressed.
The Russian ban on agricultural imports from the European Union is an “irresponsible measure” that can lead to losses of billions of euro for European as well as Russian consumers, the source told ITAR-TASS.
#AceWorldNews – BRAZIL (Rio De Janeiro) – August 07 – Brazil poultry farms quite easily can meet the demand for chicken on the Russian market in connection with the Russian decision to halt agriculture imports from some countries, Brazilian Animal Protein Association President Francisco Turra said on Wednesday.
The Brazilian capacities allow supplying additional 150,000 tonnes of chicken to Russia to fully make up for the U.S. quota. The 150,000 tonnes may be Brazilian, Turra said.
Brazil supplied 60,000 tonnes of chicken to Russia last year, and the South American country have exported a total of more than 300,000 tonnes to Russia, the association president said.
AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 05 – The account promoted by Hamas and repeated by the United States and the U.N. on Sunday was that an Israeli mortar hit a U.N. school, killing 10 people, including children reported by Truth Revolt.
However, evidence is emerging that the Israeli strike hit outside of the school and the bodies were moved into the courtyard to make it look like Israel hit the school.
#AceWorldNews – CHINA (South-West) – Latest – August 03 – More than 350 people have been killed and over 1,400 others injured by an earthquake in south-west China reports SkyNews.
This photo taken by cellphone on Aug. 3, 2014 shows people searching after an earthquake in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Ludian County at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). (Xinhua)
Some 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county in Yunnan province, according to the Xinhua news agency. Xinhua news agency
News reports said rescuers are still trying to reach victims in more remote towns.
The epicentre was in the town of Longtoushan where one official was quoted as saying: "Too many buildings were damaged."
Ma Liya, a resident of Ludian county, which was a few miles away, said the streets were like a "battlefield after bombardment".
"The aftermath is much, much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago," Ma said.
"I have never felt such strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins."
She added that her neighbour’s house, a new two-storey building, had toppled.
Many of the homes that collapsed in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were old and made of brick.
Electricity and telecommunications have also been cut off in the county
Xinhua is reporting at least 49 people dead and 102 people injured in Qiaojia county.
The US Geological Survey said it had a 6.3 magnitude, while China Earthquake Networks Centre measured it at 6.5.
The earthquake hit at a depth of six miles at about 4.30pm (9.30am UK time).
By Reuters – Sky News – Xinhua News Agency – AP
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 03 – Recently President Obama has provided his point of view on Israel’s incursion into Palestine. I have just received these quotes in rebuttal to his comments. Please not these quotes do not reflect Ace News Services personal views on the situation and are the opinion of the speaker named.
REPLY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POINTS ON ISRAELI INCURSION
PROTECTIVE EDGE ON DAY 27
DIANA BUTTU, Ramallah-based analyst, former advisor to Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network:
“President Obama has failed the Palestinian people and failed the international community. By adopting, wholeheartedly, Israel’s position, President Obama has made it clear that he is unable or unwilling to stop Israel – the country that receives more U.S. aid than any country in the world – from targeting Palestinian civilians, at least 800 of whom have been killed by the U.S.-supplied Israeli military since July 7. President Obama has once again given cover to those who carry out war crimes by blaming Palestinian civilian deaths on Palestinians themselves – blaming the victims – despite overwhelming evidence that Israel systematically uses disproportionate deadly force in densely populated areas.
“If President Obama is truly concerned about the horrific carnage Israel is inflicting on the defenceless population of Gaza, he should stop supplying the Israeli military with the weapons it’s using to kill innocent men, women, and children, as he did just two days ago when he approved a request to resupply the Israeli army with ammunition that it’s using in Gaza.”
YOUSEF MUNAYYER, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center in Washington, DC:
“President Obama expressed numerous concerns today about the limits of American power to achieve goals around the world. This may be right in some areas but it isn’t true in Israel and Palestine. The United States has the leverage necessary and is in a unique position to reign in the Israelis but it refuses to do so. In fact, the United States is directly complicit in the crimes Israel is committing in Gaza by providing diplomatic cover and military aid. This week, as the United States was condemning the Israeli shelling of a UN school where 17 Palestinian civilians were killed, President Obama simultaneously announced the United States would open its arms caches to Israel and provide artillery that would help Israeli tanks reload and fire again on civilians. President Obama says he is heartbroken over the scenes in Gaza. If that is true, it is disappointing because that means the President is well aware of the horrors in Gaza, which he personally can do something to stop, and yet he still fails to do so.”
CECILIE SURASKY, Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace:
"In the past three weeks, Israel has killed more than 800 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including almost 250 children, according to the United Nations, using some of the most advanced weaponry in the world. For the last 47 years, Israel has militarily occupied the Palestinian people and taken their land and rights, and for the last seven years Israel has kept 1.8 million people in Gaza virtual prisoners with a devastating blockade. And they have demanded, and received, U.S. support for all of this. While Israel has the right and obligation to protect its citizens, in what dictionary would any of this be defined as ‘self-defense’?"
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WASHINGTON: ‘ Fire Storm Breaks Out Over CIA’s Admission to Hacking Senate Computers with Calls for Heads to Roll at the Top ‘
#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 02 – The CIA’s admission that it broke into Senate computers and spied on Intelligence Committee staffers has created a fire-storm for the spy agency, with some calling for change at the top.
The scandal has stirred fresh doubts about Director John Brennan’s ability to lead the CIA and could make it difficult for the agency to push back on the findings of a Senate report on Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” techniques that might be released this month.
“This is going to feed into the Hollywood narrative about a wicked CIA,” said Jim Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
By Julian Hattem @The Hill
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – August 01
‘Look at the Casualties and then Ask do l Need a Reason to Support this Conflict ‘
GAZA CRISIS UPDATE (JULY 31, 2014)
- Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1361 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 249 children. More than 7600 others have been injured.
- On Wednesday (July 30), Israel killed at least 130 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 400 others.
- On Wednesday, at least 17 people were killed, including four children, and almost 100 wounded when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school where more than 3000 internally displaced people (IDP) were taking shelter in Jabalia in northern Gaza. Condemning the attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared: “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” According to UN officials, they gave the Israeli military GPS coordinates for the school 17 times since July 16 in an attempt to ensure it wasn’t attacked.
- Also on Wednesday, an Israeli attack killed 17 Palestinians and wounded approximately 200 others in a crowded market in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images). The victims includeda Palestinian photojournalist, Rami Rayan, and two paramedics.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli shelling killed 11 members of the Balata family, including five women and four children, in Jabalia in northern Gaza.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli shelling killed seven members of the al Khalili family as they ate breakfast in their home in eastern Gaza City, including three children and two women, one of whom was pregnant. Another child was critically injured in the attack.
- Also on Wednesday, Israeli attacks killed six members each from the Hamouda and Abed-Rabbo families, including six women and five children.
- According to the United Nations, as of yesterday (July 30) at 8 AM ET:
- At least 852 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza, including at least 249 children and 135 women.
- 68 Palestinians families have had three or more family members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since July 7, totalling 360 people.
- 245,000 internally displaced people (IDP) are sheltering in United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and registered in government schools. As many as 200,000 others are taking refuge with host families, meaning the total number of IDPs could exceed 400,000 people.
- 299,000 children require specialized psychosocial support (PSS) due to trauma caused by the death or injury of someone they know or loss of home.
- At least 24 medical facilities have been damaged since July 8. At least two doctors and four medics have been killed.
- Israel has destroyed or severely damaged at least 4025 housing units, including numerous multi-story buildings, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Another 4565 housing units have sustained damage.
- Since July 7, 136 schools have been damaged. At least six teachers are known to have been killed.
- The Israeli army has declared 44% of the tiny Gaza Strip a military “buffer zone.”
Notable Incidents of Civilian Casualties
- On July 30, at least 17 people were killed, including four children, and almost 100 wounded when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school where more than 3000 internally displaced people (IDP) were taking shelter in Jabalia in northern Gaza. Condemning the attack, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared: “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.” According to UN officials, they gave the Israeli military GPS coordinates for the school 17 times since July 16 in an attempt to ensure it wasn’t attacked.
- Also on July 30, an Israeli attack killed 17 Palestinians and wounded approximately 200 others in a crowded market in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images). The victims included a Palestinian photojournalist, Rami Rayan, and two paramedics.
- Also on July 30, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:
- Israeli shelling killed 11 members of the Balata family, including five women and four children, in Jabalia in northern Gaza.
- Israeli shelling killed seven members of the al Khalili family as they ate breakfast, including three children and two women, one of whom was pregnant. Another child was critically injured in the attack.
- Israeli attacks killed six members each from the Hamouda and Abed-Rabbo families, including six women and five children.
- On July 29, the Israeli military killed 16 members of the Abu Jabber family, including four children, in the al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
- Also on July 29, 13 members of the al-Agha family were killed, including four children, by Israeli airstrikes on three homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 28, 10 people, including eight children, were killed and 40 others wounded by an explosion in a park near the beach in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Although the Israeli military denied responsibility, as it did on several other similar occasions previously during the current conflict before reversing itself, eyewitnesses stated that the explosion was caused by an Israeli airstrike.
- On July 26, the bodies of 11 members of the Hilo family were pulled from the rubble of their home in Shejaiya, which was bombarded by the Israeli military a week before. According to a relative, they had received phone calls and leaflets from the Israeli military on July 29 telling them to leave, but that shelling had already begun and they didn’t think it was safe to leave.
- On July 26, shortly before a 12-hour ceasefire came into effect, approximately 20 members of the Al-Najar family were killed, including11 children, and many others wounded when their home was attacked by the Israeli military in southern Gaza. According to reports, they had been trapped inside the home since Thursday.
- On July 25, 15-year-old Adullah Alathamna, who lost his mother, two sisters, and a foot when the Israeli military bombed his home in 2006, was injured again by an Israeli attack, suffering shrapnel wounds to the back and leg when Israeli forces bombed his home again.
- On July 24, a UN school in Beit Hanoun where approximately 1500 IDPs were sheltering was struck by several missiles, killing at least 16 people and injuring 150 others. Late Thursday the Israeli military acknowledged that it had fired into the area at the time of the incident, claiming they were responding to hostile fire. According to UN officials, they twice asked the Israeli military to allow a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from the school during the day, but Israel refused. Over the past three days, the Israeli military has attacked UN schools housing IDPs on three different occasions, despite the fact that the UN has provided the military with precise GPS coordinates for all of its facilities.
- On July 24, the Israeli military killed at least ten members of the al-Astal family, including three children, in two separate attacks on civilian homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. According to the UN, in one of the incidents, Israeli forces fired on civilians attempting to aid the survivors of the initial strike. At least six other members of the al-Astal family have been killed by the Israeli military in the past week.
- Also on July 24, Israeli forces killed five members of the Abu Aita family, including an eleven-year-old boy in Jabalia in northern Gaza. The dead were 67-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, 65-year-old Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 30-year-old Ahmad Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Aita, and 11-year-old Adham Ahmad Abu Aita.
- On July 22, Israeli forces killed four members of the Hajjaj family in Gaza City. The dead were 15-year-old Rawan Ziad Hajjaj, 28-year-old Yousef Muhammed Hajjaj, 31-year-old Muhammad Shehadeh Hajjaj, and 66-year-old Fayzeh Saleh Hajjaj.
- Also on July 22, the Israeli military killed two elderly women in Rafah in southern Gaza. The dead were 75-year-old Hakema Nafe Abu Odwan, and 85-year-old Najah Nafe Abu Odwan.
- On July 21, the Israeli military carried out a number of attacks that killed multiple members of several different Palestinian families in Gaza. They included:
- Approximately 25 members of the Abu Jamea family and three others were killed by an Israeli missile strike on a home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The dead included 18 children and five women, two of whom were reportedly pregnant.
- Ten members of the al-Qassas family were killed, including six children, and four others wounded when Israeli forces shelled their home in Gaza City. The dead children were 3-year-old Saman, 4-year-olds Arwa and Mohamad, Isra’ and Nesma, both 7, and 13-year-old Layma.
- Eleven people, including six members of the Kelani family, were killed and 40 others injured, when Israeli warplanes attacked a high-rise apartment building in Gaza City, reducing most of it to rubble. The dead family were Ibrahim Kelani, his wife and their four young children.
- On July 20, the Israeli military launched a bloody assault against the residential neighborhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City, killing more than 66 people including at least 17 children, 14 women and four elderly people. Condemning the high civilian death toll, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Israel’s attack on Shejaiya “atrocious.” In a press release accompanying an open letter to Israel’s attorney general on July 21, ten Israeli human rights organizations expressed “serious concern” about “the legality of the operation, and in particular, the potential violation of the fundamental principles of the laws of war, specifically the principle of distinguishing between combatants and civilians.”
- Also on July 20, seven members of the al Hallaq family were killed, including three children and a pregnant woman, by an Israeli missile strike on a home where they were taking shelter in Gaza City. The family had moved to a relative’s house in the center of the city from their home on the outskirts, which they feared wouldn’t be safe from Israeli attacks.
- Also on July 20, a young Palestinian man searching for family members in the rubble of the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City was shot several times and killed by an Israeli sniper in an incident that was captured on video (WARNING: Disturbing images).
- On July 19, five civilians, including four members of the Zuwaid family, were killed by Israeli shelling in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. The dead family were Mahmoud Zuwaid, his wife Daliah, and their children, three-year-old Nagham, and two-year-old Ruya.
- On July 18, eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed by an Israeli missile fired into their home in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
- Also on July 18, four members of the Shaath family were killed and four others injured including one seriously by an Israeli airstrike on their home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 16, four young boys were killed and three others injured, by Israeli shelling on the beach in Gaza City. The dead, all cousins, were Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakariya Ahed Bakr, who were ten years old, eleven-year-old Mohammad Ramiz Bakr, and nine-year-old Ismail Mahmoud Bakr.
- On July 13, 18 members of the al-Batsh family, including six children and three women, one of them pregnant, were killed, and 16 others injured by Israel in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Gaza’s chief of police by attacking his cousin’s home.
- On July 10, Israeli forces killed 8 members of the Al Haj family, including five children, during an attack on their home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
- On July 9, Israeli forces killed at least 9 civilians and wounded 16 others as they watched the World Cup at the Fun Time Beach café in southern Gaza.
PROTECTIVE EDGE DAY 23: ‘ UN School Hit in Northern Gaza Under the Guise of Routing-Out Displaced Fighters Sheltering in the Building ‘
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July – At least 50 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN school, in relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza, a day after one of the bloodiest days in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, taking the death toll to 1,283 early on Wednesday.
(Before the Bombing)
Israeli military shelled the UN school based in Gaza’s Jebaliya refugee camp early on Wednesday.
(After the Bombing)
At least 20 people killed in the attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The shell slammed into the school in northern Gaza as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its 23rd day.
The school was being used as a shelter for those displaced by fighting, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
The incident occurred early morning, and a couple of hours after Israeli tanks had begun heavy shelling in the area. It is the second time this month that a UN school in Gaza has come under attack.
On Thursday, 16 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a UN-run school in northern Gaza was struck reported by IBN Live
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 29 – Almost 2,000 Palestinian children in Gaza have been injured since the start of the Israeli offensive, according to figures published on Sunday by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Also 999 Palestinians have died, including at least 760 civilians, of whom 226 are children and 117 are women.
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