Day 19: Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 | July 26, 2014
Thousands of Gaza residents who fled the violence streamed back to devastated border areas during Saturday’s 12-hour humanitarian truce to find large-scale destruction: fighting pulverized scores of homes, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. In northern Beit Hanoun, even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling. Across Gaza, more than 130 bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, 20 members of an extended family were killed before the start of the lull when a tank shell hit a building where they had sought refuge. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)
Pictures from Beit Hanoun & Shejaiyah during a pause in the bombing by Israeli forces:
1. A general view of destruction in the Shejaia neighbourhood. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
2. Palestinians carry belongings they find at their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
3. A Palestinian man looks staggered after seeing his home destroyed, while visiting the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)
4. Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)
5. Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)
6. A mare and her foal walk along the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Palestinians survey the damage in Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)
8. Children wait for their parents, who collect belongings from their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)
9. A general view of destroyed buildings after Israeli attacks in a part of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)
10. Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)
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- Armed men raided the offices of Sudanese daily paper Al-Tayar on Saturday, confiscated and destroyed equipment, and beat the editor.
- At Foreign Affairs: ”Why the Central African Republic has many peacekeepers, but no peace.”
- Two explosions in Nigeria Wednesday, one targeting an opposition leader and another a prominent Muslim cleric, left at least 42 dead.
- Clashes between militias in Libya left 47 dead last week.
- 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed in an attack on a border checkpoint over the weekend.
- Amazing and terrible photos from the last couple of weeks in Gaza by Time's Alessio Romenzi.
- 15 were killed yesterday when Israeli shelling struck a UN-run school in Gaza. The current death toll in Gaza has passed 800.
- According to UN calculations, one child is killed every hour in Gaza.
- The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio ad from human rights group B’Tselem listing out the names of some of the dead Palestinian children from the past 17 days of conflict.
- Clashes erupted in the West Bank as protests mounted against Israel’s shelling of a UN school in Gaza. Two Palestinian protesters were killed. A “day of rage” is planned for this, the last Friday of Ramadan.
- A BBC interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal.
- The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent investigation into human rights violations in Israeli operations in Gaza. 29 voted in favor and 17 abstained. The sole “no” vote belonged to the United States.
- The Lebanese parliament failed for the ninth time to elect a new president.
- According to the Syrian opposition, last Thursday and Friday 700 Syrians were killed in conflict — the deadliest two days of fighting in the war.
- The UN sent trucks of food and other supplies across the Turkish border and into rebel-held Syrian territory, in defiance of the Syrian government.
- Iraqi parliament elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum the new president.
- The veracity of the claim that ISIS called on Iraqi women to undergo genital mutilation is called into question.
- Four journalists have been detained in Tehran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, The National reporter Yeganeh Salehi.
- Many obstacles block prosecution of those responsible for MH17.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned following the collapse of the governing coalition.
- A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN was abducted Tuesday by pro-Russian separatists.
- A dispatch from the front lines with Ukrainian rebels.
- RFE/RL interviews an Armenian who says he was recruited in Moscow to fight for the separatist movement in Ukraine.
- A mass grave unearthed in Slovyansk, Ukraine, contains 20 bodies believed to have been killed by pro-Russian separatists.
- Ongoing questions about US intelligence prior to the downing of MH17.
- C.J. Chivers on the continued dangers of Soviet surplus arms in Ukraine.
- Jon Lee Anderson on proxy war in Ukraine.
- Six players for the football club Shakhtar Donetsk refused to return to the conflict-torn region of Ukraine after playing a friendly against France. One, Fred, has since returned.
- The European Court of Human Rights found that Poland broke the human rights convention in assisting the CIA in the detention and torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Poland is the first to be held accountable for participation in CIA extraordinary rendition programs.
- Two Russian activists sentenced to four and a half years in a prison colony.
- Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead in Herat, Afghanistan.
- Matthew Rosenberg on the squabble-ridden audit of the Afghan election.
- The Afghan police officer charged with killing AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been convicted and sentenced to death.
- 15 members of the Hazara community were killed by Taliban gunmen as they travelled through the Afghan province of Ghor.
- Civilians caught in the crossfire in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state.
- The National Journal on the broad parameters for putting someone on the terror watchlist.
- A clip from the upcoming documentary The Kill Team by Dan Krauss, about the killing of civilians by a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Photo: Gaza. A Palestinian man holds a young girl injured during the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday. Alessio Romenzi/TIME.
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