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A Palestinian man is assisted as people search for victims under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in
Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Power station bombed The Hague
Witnesses have uploaded 150 photos
and videos to a Dutch police ser ver set
up to help piece together the downing of
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east
Ukraine, a spokeswoman said.
The police issued an on-line appeal
last week for images of the crash site
before, during and after — to aid a
reconstruction of events.
From the ser ver opening last Friday
evening to noon on Monday, 150
images were uploaded via portals in four
different languages: D utch, English,
Russian and Ukrainian, spokeswoman
Franki Klarenbeek said.
More are coming in.
“ We don’t know yet where the images
are from, but we do know they were
uploaded via all four language portals,”
The on-line appeal had been “aimed
specifically at people in the disaster
zone”, according to the website.
The plane with 298 people on board
came down on July 17 in an area of east
Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists
are battling government forces.
The Netherlands, which is leading the
crash probe and body identification, lost
193 citizens on the flight.
Washington alleges the flight was
downed by a Russian-made missile fired
by pro-Moscow militants.
On Monday, Kiev said data from the
doomed plane’s black boxes showed the
crash was caused by shrapnel from a
Russia has denied the Western
accusations, and rebel commander Igor
Strelkov has said his side did not have
anything to do with the MH17 disaster.
Several investigations are under way to
determine what caused the crash, who is
to blame, and whether any prosecution
will follow for what the UN has said may
amount to a war crime. — AFP
Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power
plant, flattened the home of its Islamist
Hamas political leader and pounded
dozens of other high-profile targets
in the enclave overnight, with no end
in sight to more than three weeks of
Health officials said at least 79
Palestinians were killed in some of
heaviest bombardments from air, sea and
land since the Israeli offensive began in
response to Hamas rocket fire.
The Israeli assault intensified following
the deaths of 10 Israeli soldiers in cross-
border attacks yesterday, with Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning
of a long conflict ahead.
Thick black smoke rose from blazing
fuel tanks at the power station that
supplies up to two-thirds of Gaza’s
energy needs. The local energy authority
said initial damage
suggested the plant could be out of
action for a year.
Electricity was cut to the city of Gaza
and many other parts of the Hamas-
dominated territory after what officials
said was Israeli tank shelling of the tanks
containing some three million cubic
litres of diesel fuel.
“The power plant is finished,” its
director, Mohammed al-Sharif, said. An
Israeli military spokeswoman said she
was checking the report.
Gaza City municipality said damage to
the station could halt many of the area’s
water pumps, and it urged residents
to ration water consumption. Gazans
who have had a few hours electricity a
day since the conflict began now face
months without power.
A number of rockets were fired from
Gaza toward southern and central Israel,
including the Tel Aviv area. At least one
was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome
anti-missile system. No casualties or
damage were reported.
Outside pressure has been building on
Netanyahu to rein in his forces. Both
United States President Barack Obama
and the United Nations Security Council
have called for an immediate ceasefire to
allow relief to reach Gaza’s 1.8 million
Palestinians, followed by negotiations on
a more durable end to hostilities.
Efforts led by American Secretary
of State John Kerry last week failed
to achieve a breakthrough, and the
explosion of violence appeared to dash
international hopes of turning a brief lull
for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival into a
The West Bank-based Palestinian
leadership, saying it was also speaking
for Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the
Gaza Strip, voiced support overnight for
a 24 to 72-hour ceasefire.
But Hamas spokesman Sami Abu
Zuhri said the statement by senior
Palestine Liberation Organisation
official Yasser Abed Rabbo did not
reflect Hamas’s position. “ Hamas gave
no approval to anything Abed Rabbo
said,” Abu Zuhri added.
Netanyahu said earlier the military
would not end its offensive until it
destroys a network of Hamas tunnels,
which Israel says ser ve as the group’s
bunkers, weapon caches and cross-border
infiltration routes to attack Israelis.
The Israeli military said soldiers killed
five gunmen who opened fire after
emerging from a tunnel inside the Gaza
Strip and that 110 targets were struck
in the enclave overnight. They included
four weapons caches, which the military
said were hidden in mosques, and a
rocket launcher near another mosque.
Residents said 20 houses were destroyed
and two mosques hit.
Local hospital officials said Israeli tank
shells and air strikes killed 10 people in
and around Jabalya refugee camp in the
northern Gaza Strip, raising the number
of Palestinian dead, most of them
civilians, to 1139 in the current conflict.
On the Israeli side, 53 soldiers have been
killed and three civilians.
The main UN agency in Gaza,
UNRWA, said more than 182,000
displaced Palestinians had taken shelter
in its schools and buildings, following
calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate
whole neighbourhoods ahead of military
operations. Thousands more have been
taken in by friends or family.
Before dawn, Israeli aircraft fired a
missile at the house of Hamas Gaza
leader Ismail Haniyeh, a former
Palestinian prime minister, destroying
the structure but causing no casualties,
Gaza’s Interior Ministry said.
“My house is not dearer than any of
the houses of our people,” Haniyeh was
quoted as saying on a Hamas website.
“The destruction of stones will not
break our will and we will continue our
resistance until we gain freedom.”
Hamas, whose internal political
leadership is in hiding, said its broadcast
outlets Al-Aqsa Television and Al-Aqsa
Radio were also targeted. The television
station continued to broadcast but the
radio station went silent.
The military said the stations were
used to “transit orders and messages to
Hamas operatives and to instruct Gaza
residents to ignore IDF (Israel Defence
Forces) warnings regarding upcoming
military activity in specific areas.”
In a televised address yesterday,
Netanyahu said Israel “must be prepared
for a lengthy campaign”. The military
warned thousands of Palestinians to
flee their homes around Gaza City
usually the prelude to major army
Israel launched its offensive on July 8
saying it wanted to halt rocket attacks
by Hamas and its allies. It later ordered
a land invasion to find and destroy a
warren of Hamas tunnels that criss-
crosses the border area.
Hamas and Israel have set conditions
for a ceasefire that appear irreconcilable.
Israel wants Gaza’s armed groups
stripped of weapons. Hamas and its
allies want an Israeli-Egyptian blockade
government and Washington has flared
over US mediation efforts, adding
another chapter to the prickly relations
between the Israeli leader and Obama.
In New York, UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon deplored what he said was
a lack of resolve among all parties.
“It’s a matter of their political will.
They have to show their humanity as
leaders, both Israeli and Palestinian,” he
told reporters. — Reuters
Smoke and flames are seen following Israeli air strikes. Israel knocked out
Gaza’s only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political
leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan would be glad to return
an award given to him by a Jewish-
American association a decade ago, a
letter released by his office overnight
showed, and it called on the United
States group to condemn the Israeli
government ’s policies.
The New York-based American Jewish
Congress said in a letter to Erdogan last
week that he had become the world’s
“most virulent anti-Israeli leader” and
it demanded that he return an award
it had given him partly for his efforts
to broker peace between Israel and the
“Prime Minister Erdogan will be glad
to return the award given back in 2004,”
Turkey ’s ambassador to Washington
Serdar Kilic said in the letter addressed
to American Jewish Congress President
Erdogan’s office released a copy of
the letter to the media, describing it as
Turkey ’s official response.
“The absence of this award will not
prevent Prime Minister Erdogan from
resolutely fighting against terrorism,
working towards the peaceful solution
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and
upholding the safety and well-being of
the Jewish community in Turkey,” the
Rosen’s open letter to Erdogan
had cited the Turkish leader’s recent
comments that Israel had “surpassed
Hitler in barbarism” through its attacks
Anti-Israeli sentiment runs high in
Turkey, and Erdogan’s rhetoric plays
well with his base of largely conser vative
Sunni Muslim voters, who he hopes will
hand him victory in Turkey ’s first direct
election of a president next month.
Israel said earlier this month it was
reducing its diplomatic presence in
Turkey after protesters pelted its
consulate in Istanbul with stones
and draped Palestinian flags on the
ambassador’s residence in Ankara.
The US State Department called
Erdogan’s earlier remarks, in which he
likened an Israeli MP to Hitler and
said the Jewish state was terrorising the
region, “offensive and wrong”. — Reuters
Turkish PM happy to
return US Jewish award
Two more craters of unknown
origin have been spotted in Russia’s
Siberia region, weeks after a similar-
looking hole was found in the isolated
northernmost area, a local newspaper
The Siberian Times, an English-
language newspaper, published
pictures of two new giant holes
discovered by reindeer herders, one
located in the Yamal and the other in
the Taymyr peninsula, both above the
The paper said that theories of their
origin range from meteorites or stray
missiles to aliens or an underground
gas explosion. The report could not be
Russian State television reported
earlier this month that a giant hole
had appeared in the gas-rich Yamal
peninsula where temperatures
plummet below -50degC and the sun
barely rises in winter.
A Russian scientific expedition
arrived at the site to inspect the first
crater, nicknamed the “ Yamal black
hole”, earlier this month, according to
a recent report by State-run Vesti.ru
Yamal, inhabited by indigenous
reindeer herders, is one of Russia’s
richest regions in natural gas.
A meteorite, which weighed about
10 tonnes, hit central Russia last year,
injuring more than 1000 people.
Experts drew comparisons with an
incident in 1908, when a meteorite
is thought to have devastated an area
of more than 2000 square kilometres
in Siberia, breaking windows as far as
200km from the point of impact.
More mysterious craters found
One of the myster y craters in Siberia.
Freetown (Sierra Leone)
A doctor in charge of an Ebola
treatment centre in Sierra Leone has
become another victim of the deadly
virus, the country’s health chief says.
“ Dr Omar Khan died at 2pm,” the
head of Sierra Leone’s health ser vices,
Brima Kargbo, announced overnight.
Khan was admitted last week into an
anti-Ebola treatment facility run by
the medical charity Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) after testing positive for
He had been in charge of the main
Ebola treatment centre in Kenema,
around 320km east of the capital
Freetown. Three nurses at the facility
also died of the disease.
Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called
Khan a “national hero”, praising his
“tremendous sacrifice” in working to
save the lives of others.
According to the ministry’s latest
figures released overnight, 489 cases
of Ebola have been recorded in Sierra
Leone and 159 people have died.
In addition to Sierra Leone, the virus
has swept through Guinea and Liberia
and hit Nigeria, leaving at least 670
people dead across the region. — AFP
Ebola claims clinic’s top doctor
No loud laughing for Turkish women
Turkey ’s deputy prime minister
has sparked outcry by declaring
women should not laugh loudly in
Bulent Arinc, one of the
co-founders of the ruling Islamic-
rooted Justice and Development
Party (AKP), made the comment
yesterday while lamenting the
moral decline of modern society.
“A man should be moral but
women should be moral as well,
they should know what is decent
and what is not decent,” Arinc said
in a speech in the western Bursa
region for the Bayram holiday that
marks the end of Ramadan, the
holy month of fasting for Muslims.
“S he should not laugh loudly in
front of all the world and should
preser ve her decency at all times,”
Turkish women took to social
media in droves to denounce the
comments, posting pictures of
themselves deliriously laughing
under the hashtags #kahkaha
(#laughter) and #direnkahkaha
(#resistlaughter) which have now
The ruling AKP is accused by
critics of seeking to erode Turkey ’s
strict separation of religion and
State — the basis of the secular
republic founded by Mustafa
Arinc went on to denounce a
moral degradation that left society
awash with drugs and prostitution,
and lashed out at popular Turkish
soap operas for encouraging lax
lifestyles, in comments quoted
throughout the Turkish media and
He pointed to the use of bonzai, a
synthetic drug which has become a
craze in some parts of low income
Turkish society and is now a serious
“ We have to rediscover the Koran.
We have gone backwards, morally,”
Arinc said. “ We have become a very
different society. ”
Arinc also said a man should be
strongly “tied to his wife and love
his children” while a woman should
“protect her husband’s honour”.
He denounced the excessive use
of cars, saying that if even the “river
Nile was filled with petrol”, there
would not be enough to go around.
Arinc also slammed the excessive
use of cellphones in Turkish society,
with women “spending hours on
the phone to swap recipes”. — AFP
Mums turning to ‘Dr Google’
Mothers are more likely to turn
to “Dr Google” than their family
doctor to seek advice if their child
is poorly, a British poll suggests.
A new sur vey found that GPs are
third on the list of sources of advice
for mothers, behind seeking help
from their own mothers and going
The poll, conducted by law firm
Irwin Mitchell on 2000 mothers
from across the United Kingdom,
found that one in five would go to
their GP as their first port of call if
their child was ill.
Twenty-nine per cent said they
would first ask their own mother
for advice and 26% said they would
rely on the internet for information.
Not wanting to bother their
family doctor unnecessarily was the
most common reason for mother’s
turning to other places for advice,
with 58% saying this was their
reason for seeking help elsewhere.
But one in 10 said they feel like
their doctor does not really listen
to them and another 14% said they
feared they would be “fobbed off ”.
Almost three in five said that past
experience with a doctor has made
them feel like a “paranoid mother”.
Meanwhile the poll also found
that two in five mothers (41%)
had questioned a doctor’s diagnosis
of their child because it differed
from what an internet search had
Of these mothers, some 38% had
sought a second opinion for this
“The NHS carries out great work
and doctors save lives on a daily
basis, but it seems many people
are losing confidence without a
familiar doctor, a struggle to get
an appointment and medical staff
who are coping with more people
than ever to treat,” Lisa Jordan, a
specialist medical negligence lawyer
at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, which
commissioned the sur vey, said.
“There are real patient safety
concerns about the resources
available to the NHS and it appears
to be driving patients to look
elsewhere for expert medical advice
which could prove to be very
“The problem with advice over the
internet is that it can be difficult to
verify how appropriate or accurate
the diagnosis is and there is a
wealth of information that is out of
date or just plain wrong.” — PA
Mosley legal action over Google images
Max Mosley is to sue internet
giant Google for continuing to
publish images of the former
Formula One boss at a sex party.
Mosley, youngest son of Sir
Oswald Mosley, former leader
of the British Union of Fascists
(BUF), has issued High Court
proceedings against Google Inc
and Google UK Ltd for misuse
of private information and
breaches of the Data Protection
Act through his legal firm, Payne
The former president of the
FIA (Federation Internationale
de l’Automobile) is seeking to
stop Google from gathering and
publishing images first featured
in the now-defunct News of the
World claiming to show him at a
understood to be close to
completing an autobiography, won
£60,000 ($119,517) in privacy
damages in 2008 after Britain’s
High Court ruled there was no
Nazi theme and the article was not
in the public interest.
This is not the first time Mosley
has taken on Silicon Valley’s
Google over the images after
winning similar court hearings in
France and Germany. — PA
It was as the children played and the
old men watched that the weapon fell
from the sky and exploded in their
In an instant, the eight youngsters
and the two men were eviscerated.
Even by the standards of the 22-day
trial of strength between Israel and
Hamas, their deaths stood out.
In the moments that followed,
hundreds of angry and grief-stricken
people gathered on the scene in
Beach refugee camp, one of Gaza’s
most crowded and impoverished
Where the old men had been
sitting, there were only scorched and
blackened sandals and a spreading
pool of blood. Where the children
had been playing, there were more
bloodstains and their own small
items of footwear.
Among the human residue lay a
black bucket, perforated by shrapnel,
and an old broom, its bristles still
smouldering. Nearby, a parked
car had been wrecked, with every
window shattered and its bodywork
riddled by shrapnel.
Much the same had happened to
the buildings closest to where the
children and the old men had died:
these apartment blocks displayed
gaping windows and pockmarked
“ We ordered the children to play
here, in front of our eyes, so they
would avoid the bombing,” Nidal Al-
Darby, who lives nearby, said. “And
then this happened to them.”
Until a few minutes before the
explosion, Darby had been in the
street himself. Then he went to join
the afternoon “Asr” prayer at the
nearby mosque. But for this, he too
would have been killed. As it turned
out, his shirt and trousers were stained
with the blood of the casualties he
had tried to help. “ The children were
just cut to pieces,” he said simply. “So
were the old men. When I came here,
one of them had lost his head.”
The festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking
the end of Ramadan, began yesterday.
Traditionally, this is a time when
Muslims exchange greetings and
sweets, children play in the streets
and old men laze outside their front
After this incident in Beach camp,
people wept freely and a crowd
chanting “Allahu Akbar” — or “God
is Great ” — c arried the coffin of one
of the dead along the street.
Mahmoud Hammo, 19, rushed
to the scene immediately after the
explosion. “ I picked up pieces of
bodies: they were all lying on top of
each other. There were legs cut off,
arms cut off. One of the children
had been decapitated,” he said.
Mohammed Ahal, another witness
who works as a medical technologist
and is used to seeing dead and
wounded human beings, said: “Look,
I work in a hospital. But I was
shocked. Shocked. And the women,
some of them were unconscious from
the shock of seeing what happened
All three witnesses were convinced
that an Israeli drone had fired the
fatal missile. The drones circle above
Gaza constantly: at any one time,
six or seven can be counted buzzing
overhead. They routinely launch
missiles designed to kill groups of
people in narrow alleyways. In the
middle of the street, a shallow crater
showed the weapon’s point of impact.
However, Israel adamantly denied
responsibility and suggested that a
misfiring rocket launched by Hamas
had caused the explosion.
spokesman for the Israel Defence
Forces, said: “ This incident was
carried out by Gaza terrorists whose
rockets fell short.”
Minutes before the blast in Beach
camp, another projectile exploded
near an outbuilding in the grounds of
Shifa Hospital, the biggest medical
facility in Gaza. — AP
Nowhere safe in Gaza as children, old men cut to pieces in blast
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