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In pictures: Oil spill devastates southern Israel


An oil pipeline accidentally ruptured Wednesday night in southern Israel, leaving a black streak several kilometres long in the desert. Authorities are calling it one of the country’s worst environmental disasters ever. See images…
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Gaza aftermath: "I have to rebuild my house for the third time"


It’s a modern, Middle-Eastern version of the Greek myth of Sisyphus, the king condemned eternally to repeat the same task over and over and over again. Ahmed lives in Khuzaa, a small agricultural town in southern Gaza. Located near the Israeli border, the town was the site of fierce ground action during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas earlier this summer. Ahmed’s house was destroyed—for the second time in five years. Read more...
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Video: Israeli soldiers cheer as explosives flatten mosque in Gaza


A video has emerged online showing Israeli soldiers cheering as explosives destroy a mosque allegedly linked to an underground tunnel network in Khuzaa, in the Gaza strip - a reaction the Israel Defence Force says the soldiers are perfectly entitled to. Read more…
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Israeli soldiers’ ‘fake wound’ rumours debunked


A set of photos has been spreading all over social media in the past week. Sometimes, the photos are reposted individually. However, they all send the same message: Israel is supposedly deceiving the world into thinking their soldiers are getting wounded in Gaza by using special effects makeup. Read more...
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Israeli Bedouins left without bomb shelters over ‘illegal’ settlements


The conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip, showing no sign of respite, is reaching into the Negev desert. In this Israeli territory, the first victims of collateral damage are the Bedouins, a semi-nomadic Arabic people. They have asked the Israeli government for missile shelters – in vain. Read more...
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Israelis opposed to Gaza air strikes face violence, intimidation


It’s never easy time be an Israeli opposed to the country’s policies in the Palestinian Territories. But after a week of escalating IDF attacks, with Israel carrying out air strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants firing rockets into Israel, Israeli activists are ramping up demonstrations to decry the violence – on both sides. And they are facing increasingly violent and agressive opposition.  During their latest protest on Saturday, they were attacked by an angry mob. Read more...
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Photo shows Israelis watching Gaza air strikes 'like it was cinema'


Relaxed on deck chairs, popcorn in hand, a group of Israelis sit down for the evening to watch Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza. For our Observer who took the photo, the scene reveals a lack of empathy until then "never seen before". Read more...
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Air raids on Gaza: "There are no warning sirens or shelters here"


The Israeli army launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday. Named 'Operation Protective Edge', the Israeli Defence Forces say it is a counter-terrorism operation against Hamas and other militants. But unarmed civilians seem to be the ones suffering the consequences. Our Observer in Gaza told us about the panic sweeping across the region...
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