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Obama stresses need for 'immediate' ceasefire in Gaza WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza.In a statement, the White House said Obama "made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement."The call between the two leaders came as the Hamas movement fired more rockets at Israel Sunday, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in war-torn Gaza.Hamas's belated acceptance of diplomatic calls for a temporary ceasefire was announced several hours after Israel resumed its devastating military assault on the Palestinian enclave after a pause of more than 24 hours.In the call, Obama "underscored the United States' strong condemnation of Hamas' rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed ...

Israeli army confirms it fired into UN Gaza refuge JERUSALEM: The Israeli army on Sunday confirmed firing a mortar round into a Gaza UN shelter where 15 people died on Thursday, but denied killing anyone at the site.Briefing journalists on the findings of an internal military enquiry into the incident at a UN school in Beit Hanun, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said militants "in the vicinity" of the school fired mortar rounds and anti-tank rockets at Israeli forces.The army responded with mortar fire, ...

France urges nationals to leave Libya PARIS: France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Qaddafi."All our nationals are invited to get in touch as quickly as possible with our embassy in Tripoli," the foreign ministry said in a statement.The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military ...

97 killed in two weeks of clashes in Libya's Tripoli: medics TRIPOLI: Two weeks of clashes between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport have left more than 97 people dead and 400 wounded, the health ministry said Sunday.The ministry's toll was based on casualty reports from eight public hospitals in the capital and its suburbs, and did not include those taken to medical facilities outside the city.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

‘Hamas violating own ceasefire' WASHINGTON: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it had itself called and vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza would continue."They are violating their own ceasefire. Under these circumstances, Israel will do what it must do to defend its people," Netanyahu told the news network CNN.Earlier, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas agreed to halt firing from 1100 GMT in response to a request from the United Nations. AFP ...

Gaza toll rises over 1,050 on day 20 of Israeli assault GAZA CITY: Renewed Israeli raids on Gaza, which followed a 24-hour lull, killed nine Palestinians on Sunday, raising the overall toll from the 20-day operation to more than 1,050. Following a 24-hour period in which Israel held its fire, the strikes resumed at 0700 GMT on Sunday with an initial three people killed by shelling, two of them in central Gaza and a third near Khan Yunis in the south, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra ...


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