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Israel to finish Gaza tunnels assault before truce: Livni JERUSALEM: Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by Hamas for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said on Tuesday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered speed, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands laid out by Hamas as a condition for halting its fire.She said the question of an immediate ceasefire with Hamas was not going to happen at this stage. "First of all, it won't happen before we really finish the tunnels project which was laid out as a strategic objective," she told Ynet news website, referring to a major operation that started on the evening of July 17."Second, it won't happen in a way in which Hamas's completely unacceptable conditions are met, because it just wont," she said."Until now, Hamas is presenting demands that have ...

Militants sell Syrian oil to Iraqi businessmen: NGO BEIRUT: The Militants Islamic State is selling oil and liquid gas products extracted from fields under its control in Syria to Iraqi businessmen across the border, a monitoring group said Monday.IS has captured large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, including all of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province's oil fields in eastern Syria."Trucks with Iraqi number plates have in the past few days travelled to Deir Ezzor's oil fields from Iraq, to fill up and ...
Palestinian toll in Gaza rises to 469: medics GAZA CITY: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the latest round of Gaza violence rose to 469, medics said, after announcing the deaths of another 31 people early Monday.Emergency services spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ashraf al-Qudra said 72 of the Palestinians had been killed on Sunday in Shejaiya, between Gaza City and the Israeli border, bringing down a previous toll of 73.Qudra said 80 percent of the Shejaiya fatalities were "old ...
Looting in Paris as Europeans protest against Gaza conflict SARCELLES: A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos on Sunday as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.The demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles is the third to have deteriorated in the space of eight days in a country that counts the largest Muslim population in western Europe and a huge Jewish community.A decision by authorities to ...
Emirates calls for airlines summit on ‘outrageous’ MH17 attack PARIS: The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts. Tim Clark, president of Dubai's Emirates, the world's largest international airline by number of passengers, also said domestic regulators worldwide may decide to be more involved in giving their carriers guidance on where it is ...
In Damascus, semblance of normal life returns DAMASCUS: Each evening, Zakaria Orchi has been meeting up with friends at a favourite cafe to lounge away the hours, just as they used to during Ramadan nights in Syria's capital before war broke out."We get together to chat, smoke a hookah (water pipe), until late," says the tall, slender man in his 40s."It's a big change from Ramadan last year when we'd race home at sunset and stay there," Orchi says of the month ...
France fears more civilian casualties JERUSALEM: France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday that attempts to reach a ceasefire in Israel's 12-day conflict with Gaza militants had failed. Fabius, who flew to Israel after talks in Egypt and Jordan, told reporters after meeting with Netanyahu: "Sadly I can say that the call for a ceasefire has not been heard, and on the contrary, there's a risk of more civilian casualties that worries ...


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