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‘Gaza war proves Israel barbaric nature’

Iran says the ongoing Israeli carnage of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip exemplifies the barbaric nature of the Tel Aviv regime.

“The ferocious massacre of defenseless Palestinian women and children since the start of the holy [fasting] month of Ramadan puts the seal of approval on the savagery and the barbaric nature of a regime which resorts to every tool to reach its objectives,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The ministry said the strategy pursued by the Tel Aviv regime is to split Muslim lands and strike a blow to the anti-Israeli axis of resistance.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/24/372597/gaza-war-proves-israel-barbaric-nature/
 
733 Palestinians killed in Israeli offensive on Gaza

At least 733 Palestinians have been killed and 4,605 wounded in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The number of deaths on Thursday rose to 40.

New attacks were carried out in the city of Khan Yunis, and the Shojaiya and Zeytoun neighborhoods, killing a number of Palestinian children.

According to Palestinian human rights group estimates, 81 percent of those killed in Gaza since Israel first launched its ongoing offensive on July 8 are civilians.

Tel Aviv has so far targeted more than 3,250 locations in the besieged strip, completely destroying nearly 500 homes and partially damaging 2,644.

Reports also show that more than 120,000 Palestinians have been displaced.

UN officials say that 70 percent of Gazans do not have access to safe water, as major water wells have been hit directly by the Israeli forces.

According to the UN, Israeli forces have been killing one Palestinian child every hour over the past two days.

The military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Alerts have reportedly gone off in Sderot and Ganim as rockets from Gaza continue to target Israel. Tel Aviv’s HaSharon and Gush Dan areas have also come under retaliatory attacks.
 
Attack on Iraq prisoner convoy kills 60

At least 51 prisoners and nine policemen died on Thursday after gunmen attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, sources at the Ministry of Justice said.

The incident has reportedly sparked clashes between prisoners and policemen, leading to casualties on both sides, an official at the interior ministry told Agence France-Presse.

"At least 60 people, prisoners and policemen, were killed in a suicide attack followed by several IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting," the official said.

It was not immediately clear who launched the assault, which targeted a security convoy escorting a bus that was transferring around 60 prisoners, many of them held on terrorism charges, from the main prison in Taji, some 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Baghdad.

The attack took place at about 4:00 am (0100 GMT), hours before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to hold talks with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in an effort to spur international mobilisation against a jihadist insurgency.

It came a year almost to the day after militants attacked the same prison in Taji and another facility in Abu Ghraib, west of the capital, killing at least 20 members of the security forces.
Officials said at the time that no inmates had escaped from Taji prison but 500 broke out of Abu Ghraib.
 
Gaza truce unlikely ‘in coming days’: Israeli minister

An Israeli minister said Thursday that a pullout of troops from Gaza was not imminent and that Israel’s army would continue hunting Palestinian tunnels under any humanitarian truce.

Global efforts have been underway to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas group after 17 days of fighting that has so far killed around 700 Palestinians and 32 Israeli soldiers. Two Israeli civilians have also died.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/24/Gaza-truce-unlikely-in-coming-days-Israeli-minister-says.html
 
Japan, India, US set to begin Pacific war games

Japan, India and the United States are set to launch week-long naval war games in the Pacific Ocean, amid regional tensions.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/24/372569/japan-india-us-set-to-begin-war-games/
 
Blast kills 6 in northern Afghanistan

An explosion has rocked a market in northern Afghanistan, killing at least six people, including a young girl, officials say.

Sonatullah Timor, the spokesman for the northeastern Takhar provincial government, said the attack took place on Thursday in the Khwaja Ghar district central, also injuring 26 people.

The spokesman added that the bomb, which had been placed on a motorcycle, was aimed at a police car but missed its target.

According to provincial police spokesman Khali Aseer, the victims were at the market “shopping for the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr festival.”

The Afghan Interior Ministry subsequently released a statement condemning the deadly attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, although most terrorist actions across Afghanistan are either claimed by or attributed to the Taliban militants.

The Taliban have stepped up their attacks against the Afghan government and foreign forces and civilians. The group has vowed to escalate the attacks on Afghan forces and US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys before the drawdown of the US-led foreign forces by the end of the year.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The military offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
 
Children killed in rail accident in India

Police say 11 children dead after train crashes into school bus at unmanned railway crossing in Telangana state.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/07/children-killed-rail-accident-india-20147246014646310.html
 
Military chief could become Thai PM

A Thai junta member has announced the military will stay in control of the country under a new constitution.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/military-chief-could-become-thai-pm-20147235234426622.html
 
Five girls wounded in acid attacks in Pakistan

At least five Pakistani girls were wounded in two separate acid attacks by motorcycle riders in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said Tuesday.

In the latest incident, two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle squirted acid on two girls, aged 14 and 15 in the town of Mastung, some 40 kilometres east of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

"One girl's face was wounded and the other's neck got acid burns," local police official Wazir Lango told AFP.

The girls were returning from the local market when the attack occurred on Tuesday, Lango said, adding that doctors have not yet specified how severe the wounds were.

Lango said that the girls were admitted to hospital, while the police had begun to investigate, but so far the motive behind the attack was unclear.
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/07/22/Five-girls-wounded-in-acid-attacks-in-Pakistan.html
 
Plane crash kills 47, injures 11 in Taiwan

At least 47 people have been killed and 11 others injured after a passenger plane crashed outside an airport on a Taiwanese island, an official says.

The TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crash landed on Wednesday in Xixi village on the island of Penghu, halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese Central News Agency.

Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told the news agency that 47 people were "trapped and feared dead" and 11 others were injured in the crash.

Another 11 people were injured, the government’s news agency added.

The ATR-72 aircraft, carrying 58 passengers and crew members, was heading from the southern port city of Kaohsiung to the Penghu island.

The accident comes as Typhoon Matmo battered Taiwan early Tuesday morning.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has said the typhoon had gusts of 108 kilometers (67 miles) per hour and was moving at 20 kph (12 mph).

The typhoon has so far injured five people and knocked out power to over 30,000 homes on Taiwan.

Last week, Typhoon Rammasun killed 56 people in Taiwan, raising the death toll in the Philippines, China and Vietnam to 161 people.

Rammasun was the strongest typhoon to hit China in four decades, destroying 40,000 houses and causing economic losses of USD 6 billion.