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Hamas demands changes to Egypt Gaza plan: Palestinians CAIRO: Hamas demanded changes on Wednesday to an Egyptian proposal to end the deadly conflict with Israel in and around Gaza, a Palestinian official said.Hamas's demand came as the Palestinian death toll from Israel's punishing air campaign, now in its ninth day, rose to 220 Palestinians dead after the Islamist movement snubbed the truce plan on Tuesday even though it was briefly respected by Israel.Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq met Egyptian officials in Cairo and set out the changes being sought, said Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior figure in Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement."Hamas has rejected the proposal in its current form and demanded additions, like applying the 2012 agreement concerning border crossings with Israel, and demanded right for fishing up to 12 miles into the sea," Ahmad told reporters in Cairo.Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamad told AFP in Gaza City that the Egyptian plan was rejected "in its ...

Iraqi forces withdrawn from militant-held Tikrit after new push BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, a soldier who fought in the battle said on Wednesday.Government troops and allied Shia volunteer were forced to retreat just before sunset on Tuesday to a base four km (2.5 miles) south after coming under heavy mortar shelling and sniper fire, the sources said.The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on ...
Iraq forces advance into militant-held Tikrit: officials KIRKUK: Iraqi security forces advanced into militant-held Tikrit on Tuesday in an assault aimed at revitalising flagging efforts to retake the city, officials said.Security forces began the attack on Tuesday morning and have succeeded in retaking government facilities in the city's south, though accounts differed on which ones.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Egypt proposes Tuesday ceasefire in Israel-Gaza fighting CAIRO: Egypt proposed an initiative on Monday aimed at stopping fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, state news agency MENA said.The proposal, which would take effect at 0600 GMT on Tuesday.Calls for a ceasefire within 12 hours of that time, followed by negotiations between both sides in Cairo within 48 hours.More than 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since Tuesday, while Palestinian militants have fired rockets into Israel.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Israel warn Palestinians to evacuate town as they plan to intensify air strikes GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. On Sunday, the Israeli military had warned residents of the northern border town of Beit Lahiya to leave or risk their lives when, after nightfall, it planned to intensify air strikes against suspected Palestinian rocket sites among civilian homes. A UN aid agency said ...
Saudi Arabia donates $53.3mn for Gaza victims ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has announced 200 million Saudi riyal (roughly $53.3 million) for the Palestinian Red Crescent in the Gaza Strip."The sum will be dedicated to secure urgently needed medicine, medical supplies and equipment to treat the victims of the Israeli aggression on Gaza," Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Assaf told the Saudi press agency late Sunday.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon -sources CAIRO: Two rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel on Monday, Lebanese security sources said, the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday. An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire. The Lebanese state news agency reported that the rockets had been fired just after midnight. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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