• #Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed - NYTimes.com

    “I wake up every single day knowing Amazon might make new, impossible demands,” she said.

    Amazon has been reported to be seeking a new concession from publishers: If a customer orders a book and it is not immediately available, it wants the right to print the volume itself. An Amazon spokesman said it does not compel publishers to use the technology but offers it as a service. The customer wants the book immediately, so this makes obvious sense. But it chips away yet again at the publisher’s role.

  • 20 killed since midnight, Israeli forces ’massacre 12’ in Gaza City | Maan News Agency Published today | 09:23

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed “a new massacre” in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

    At least 12 people have been killed and more than 150 have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered.

    Palestinian medical sources in al-Shifa Hospital told Ma’an that the hospital was unable to cope with the large numbers of residents who fled their homes in Shujaiyya “under fire” to the hospital for shelter. They highlighted that Sunday’s death toll hit 20 since midnight.

    Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health, said that among Shujaiyya’s victims were family members of senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya. He identified them as Osamah Khalil al-Hayya, his wife Halah and his sons Khalil and Umamah.

    Al-Qidra highlighted that the last few hours were the “fiercest” against Palestinian houses. Residents, he said, have been appealing for help since midnight saying that large numbers of people have been killed or injured in the houses as shells continued to hit them from all directions.

    Al-Qidra highlighted that Israeli forces denied ambulances access to attacked houses to evacuate victims despite the uninterrupted efforts to coordinate through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    “The Israeli occupation forces told the Red Cross Committee that Shujaiyya was a closed zone because of military operations,” the medical official explained.

    As a result, added al-Qidra, Palestinian ambulance teams decided to take the risk and access victims despite the Israeli military orders.

    Among the victims in Shujaiyya, according to al-Qidra, were teenage girl 14-year-old Hiba Hamid Sheikh Khalil and 38-year-old Muhammad Ali Jundiyya .

    Three unidentified bodies were also received at al-Shifa Hospital Sunday morning.

    Earlier, the body of 52-year-old Tawfiq Marshoud was evacuated.

    In Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources said three Palestinians were killed Sunday morning. Al-Qidra identified them as 23-year-old Hamid Abu Fuju, 26-year-old Ahmad Zanoun and 21-year-old Suhayb Abu Qurah .

    In addition, an Israeli airstrike on house of the Muammar family killed three brothers. Medical sources said Anas Yousif Muammar died of his wounds shortly after his brothers Muhamamd, 30, and Hamzah, 21, were killed in al-Juneina neighborhood of Rafah. Ten others were injured in the attack.

    Also in Rafah, al-Qidra said 56-year-old Husni Mahmoud al-Absi was killed by an Israeli raid which injured five others.

    Fahmi Abdul-Aziz Abu al-Said , 29, was also killed Sunday in the central Gaza Strip.


    • Israeli ’massacre’ in Gaza City
      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=714592 Published today (updated) 20/07/2014 11:56

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed “a new massacre” in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

      At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered.

      Medical sources said seven Palestinians were killed in other areas across the coastal enclave.

      Spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated 44 dead bodies from destroyed houses. More than 200 injured people were taken to al-Shifa Hospital.

      Medical sources identified some of the victims in Shujaiyya as Ahmad Ishaq Ramlawi , Marwah Suleiman al-Sirsawi , Raed Mansour Nayfah, Osama Ribhi Ayyad and Ahid Mousa al-Sirsik.

      Among the victims was photojournalist Khalid Hamid and paramedic Fuad Jabir .

      Dozens of victims in Shujaiyya haven’t been identified.

    • 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli assault on Sunday alone
      Published today (updated) 20/07/2014 21:45

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed at least 100 Palestinians on Sunday including 66 in a single neighborhood of Gaza City, bringing the 13-day death toll to 437.

      The assault on Gaza — which has also left 18 Israels dead — is the largest and deadliest attack on the besieged coastal enclave since 2008. More than 200 Palestinians have died since the ground invasion began on Thursday.

      On Sunday, 66 bodies were recovered from the Shujaiyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, in what medical authorities called a “massacre” and a level of violence not seen before in the ongoing conflict.

      At least 500 Palestinians were injured in Israeli attacks on Wednesday, with the total surpassing 3,000 as Gazan hospitals struggled to cope with the surge and facing shortages of medical supplies, doctors, and hospital beds.

      Shelling and airstrikes resume Sunday afternoon

      On Sunday afternoon, Israeli shelling fully resumed after a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire that it violated numerous times, and dozens more had been killed in the Gaza Strip as a result.

      Rayan Taysir Abu Jami , 8, and an elderly woman named Fatima Mahmoud Abu Jami were killed and three injured in an air strike on Khan Younis on Sunday evening, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra.

      Eight Palestinians were also killed in Israeli air strike on house in al-Ramal.

      The dead were named by Al-Qidra as Samar Osama al-Hallaq,29, Kinan Akram al-Hallaq, 5, Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq,29, Suad Mohammad al-Hallaq, 62, Saji al-Hallaq, Ibrahim Khalil Omar, Ahmad Yassin, and an 8th person, who was unnamed.

      A man and woman , meanwhile, were killed in a strike on the Atatra house in Beit Lahiya.

      Medical sources said Ahmad Abu Tayim , 27, died of injuries sustained on an airstrike on al-Zana are of Khan Yunis.

      Aya Abu Sultan , 15, was killed in a strike on her house northern Gaza Strip.

      Another man was killed, while four were injured in another strike on Gaza City earlier in the afternoon.

      Palestinian medical sources also said that a child identified as Suleiman Abu Jami was killed in an Israeli raid on Khan Younis in the south.

      Five other people were injured in Beit Hanoun in the north.

      In the central Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes in the afternoon killed four members of Abu Zayid family in al-Bureij refugee camp after destroying their home over their heads.

      Medical sources also said Suleiman Abu Jami was killed in Bani Suheila in Khan Younis. Four others were injured in the same raid including one critically injured.

      Al-Qidra said earlier that an elderly woman Najah Saad Addin Darraji , 65, and a 3-year-old boy Abdullah Yousif Darraji were killed in Rafah.

    • Killed Sunday 7/20
      1. Salem Ali Abu Sa’ada, Khan Younis.
      2. Mohammad Yusef Moammer, 30, Rafah.
      3. Hamza Yousef Moammer, 26, Rafah.
      4. Anas Yousef Moammar, 16.
      5. Hosni Mahmoud al-Absi, 56, Rafah.
      6. Suheib Ali Jom’a Abu Qoura, 21, Rafah.
      7. Ahmad Tawfiq Mohammad Za’noun, 26, Rafah.
      8. Hamid Soboh Mohammad Fojo, 22, Rafah.
      9. Najah Sa’ad al-Deen Daraji, 65, Rafah.
      10. Abdullah Yusef Daraji, 3, Rafah.
      11. Mohammed Raja’a Handam 15, Rafah.
      12. Yusef Sha’aban Ziada, 44, Al Bureij.
      13. Jamil Sha’aban Ziada, 53, Al Bureij.
      14. Shoeban Jamil Ziada, 12, Al Bureij (son of Jamil).
      15. Mohammad Mahmoud al-Moqaddma, 30, Al Bureij.
      16. Raed Mansour Nayfa, Shuja’eyya (Gaza City).
      17. Fuad Jaber, Medic, Shuja’eyya (Gaza City).
      18. Mohammad Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq, 2, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      19. Kenan Hasan Akram al-Hallaq, 6, al-Rimal - Gaza.
      20. Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq, 29, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      21. Suad Mohammad al-Hallaq, 62, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      22. Saje Hasan Akram al-Hallaq, 4, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      23. Hala Akram Hasan al-Hallaq, 27, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      24. Samar Osama al-Hallaq, 29, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      25. Ahmad Yassin, al-Rimal (Gaza City).
      26. Aya Bahjat Abu Sultan, 15, Beit Lahia.
      27. Rayan Taysir Abu Jame’, 8, Khan Younis.
      28. Fatima Mahmoud Abu Jame’, 3, Khan Younis.
      29. Suleiman Abu Jame’, Khan Younis.
      30. Ibrahim Salem Jom’a as-Sahbani, 20, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      31. ‘Aref Ibrahim al-Ghalyeeni, 26, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      32. Osama Khalil Ismael al-Hayya, 30, Shuja’eyya - Gaza. (father of Umama and Khalil)
      33. Hallah Saqer Hasan al-Hayya, 29, Shuja’eyya – Gaza. (mother of Umama and Khalil)
      34. Umama Osama Khalil al-Hayya, 9, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      35. Khalil Osama Khalil al-Hayya, 7, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      36. Rebhi Shehta ‘Ayyad, 31, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      37. Yasser Ateyya Hamdiyya, 28, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      38. Esra’ Ateyya Hamdiyya, 28, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      39. Akram Mohammad Shkafy, 63, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      40. Eman Khalil Abed ‘Ammar, 9, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      41. Ibrahim Khalil Abed Ammar, 13, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.*
      42. ‘Asem Khalil Abed Ammar, 4, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      43. Eman Mohammad Ibrahim Hamada, 40, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      44. Ahmad Ishaq Yousef Ramlawy, 33, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      45. Ahmad Sami Diab ‘Ayyad, 27, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      46. Fida’ Rafiq Diab ‘Ayyad, 24, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      47. Narmin Rafiw Diab Ayyad, 20, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      48. Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Abu Za’nouna, 28.
      49. Tala Akram Ahmad al-‘Atawy, 7, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      50. Tawfiq Barawi Salem Marshoud, 52, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      51. Hatem Ziad Ali Za’bout, 24, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      52. Khaled Riyadh Mohammad Hamad, 25, Shuja’eyya - Gaza. (Journalist)
      53. Khadija Ali Mousa Shihada, 62, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      54. Khalil Salem Ibrahim Mosbeh, 53, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      55. ‘Adel Abdullah Eslayyem, 2, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      56. Dina Roshdi Abdullah Eslayyem, 2, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      57. Rahaf Akram Ismael Abu Jom’a, 4, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      58. Shadi Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 15, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      59. Ala Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 11, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      60. Sherin Fathi Othman Ayyad, 18, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      61. ‘Adel Abdullah Salem Eslayyem, 29, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      62. Fadi Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 10, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      63. ‘Ahed Sa’ad Mousa Sarsak, 30, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      64. Aisha Ali Mahmoud Zayed, 54, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      65. Abed-Rabbo Ahmad Zayed, 58, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      66. Abdul-Rahman Akram Sheikh Khalil, 24, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      67. Mona Suleiman Ahmad Sheikh Khalil, 49.
      68. Heba Hamed Mohammad Sheikh Khalil, 13, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      69. Abdullah Mansour Radwan ‘Amara, 23, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      70. Issam Atiyya Sa’id Skafy, 26, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      71. Ali Mohammad Hasan Skafy, 27, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      72. Mohammad Hasan Skafy, 53, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      73. ‘Ala Jamal ed-Deen Barda’, 35, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      74. Omar Jamil Sobhi Hammouda, 10, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      75. Ghada Jamil Sobhi Hammouda, 10, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      76. Ghada Ibrahim Suleiman ‘Adwan, 39, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      77. Fatima Abdul-Rahim Abu Ammouna, 55, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      78. Fahmi Abdul-Aziz Abu Sa’id, 29, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      79. Ghada Sobhi Sa’adi Ayyad, 9, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      80. Mohammad Ashraf Rafiq Ayyad, 6, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      81. Mohammad Ra’ed Ehsan Ayyad, 6, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      82. Mohammad Rami Fathi ‘Ayyad, 2, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      83. Mohammad Ra’ed Ehsan ‘Akeela, 19, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      84. Mohammad Ziad Ali Za’bout, 23, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      85. Mohammad Ali Mohared Jundiyya, 38, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      86. Marah Shaker Ahmad al-Jammal, 2, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      87. Marwan Monir Saleh Qonfid, 23, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      88. Maisa Abdul-Rahman Sarsawy, 37, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      89. Marwa Salman Ahmad Sarsawy, 13, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      90. Mos’ab el-Kheir Salah ed-Din Skafi, 27, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      91. Mona Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 42, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      92. Halla Sobhi Sa’dy Ayyad, 25, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      93. Younis Ahmad Younis Mustafa, 62, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      94. Yousef Salem Hatmo Habib, 62, Shuja’eyya - Gaza.
      95. Fatima Abu Ammouna, 55, Shuja’eyya – Gaza.
      96. Ahmad Mohammad Azzam, 19, Shuja’eyya – Gaza.

  • 24 killed in Israeli air strikes Saturday morning as toll rises to 316 | Maan News Agency
    Published today (updated) 19/07/2014 11:14

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The death toll on Saturday morning hit 24 after Palestinian civil defense rescue teams pulled ten bodies out of the debris of a home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip as Israeli forces continued their military offensive against the Gaza Strip by air, sea, and land for the twelfth day.

    The killings follow the deadliest day in the conflict so far, after Israel killed at least 63 Palestinians and injured more than 400 on the first day of their ground invasion of the besieged coastal enclave.

    Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra said on Saturday that Israeli forces had “committed a massacre against Palestinian civilians” in the Khan Younis district in the southern Gaza Strip overnight, killing eight.

    He identified the victims as 20-year-old Yahya Bassam al-Serri, Muhammad Bassam al-Serri, 17, Mahmoud Ridha Salihiyya, 56, Mustafa Ridha Salihiyya, 21, Wasim Ridha Salihiyya, 15, Muhammad Mustafa Salihiyya, 22, Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Nasr, 13, and Khalid Nasr .

    Twenty people were injured in the same attack including some seriously injured.

    On Saturday morning, Israeli forces bombed two houses, killing a child named Muhammad Ziad al-Ruhhal and injuring dozens more.

    Muhammad Abu Zaanouna , meanwhile, was killed during a strike on Abraj al-Mukhabarat in Gaza City, which also injured five others.

    Al-Qidra also said that 27-year-old Raed Walid Laqan was killed in Khan Younis by an Israeli attack on a home belonging to the Tartouri family.

    Shortly after that, medical sources announced the death of Khalid al-Qarra of wounds he sustained earlier on Saturday.

    Israeli forces also killed 26-year-old Iyad Ismail al-Ruqab in the Bani Suheila village in the Khan Younis district.

    Amjad Salim Shaath , 15 succumbed to wounds he sustained in Moraj neighborhood in Khan Younis. Two of his brothers, Ahmad and Muhammad , were killed in the same Israeli attack.

    In addition, 30-year-old Said Ali Issa was killed in Juhor Addik neighborhood in the central Gaza Strip near al-Bureij refugee camp.

    34-year-old Ahmad Mahmoud Hasan Aziz was killed by an Israeli missile on his home in Abraj al-Nada in the northern Gaza Strip overnight as well.

    Saturday morning’s deaths bring the total death toll of 12 days of Israeli military offensive in Gaza to 314 in addition to 2268 injuries, according to al-Qidra.

  • 26 Gazans killed by Israel since sunset, bringing Friday total to 63 | Maan News Agency
    Published today (updated) 18/07/2014 23:48

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Twenty-six Palestinians including eight members of a single family were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, while the death of a young man wounded earlier in the week brought the total number of deaths in Israel’s 11-day long assault to 298 and more than 2,200 injured.

    The deaths bring the total killed since the beginning of the ground invasion late Thursday night to 63, as deaths and injuries across the besieged coastal enclave soared on the first day of the assault in both the northern and southern regions of the territory.

    Of the 63 killed since the beginning of the Israeli invasion, 26 died after Gazans broke their fast at sunset on Friday evening as Israeli air strikes pounded the Strip.

    Eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed when a missile struck their home in Beit Hanoun including Naim Musa Abu Jrad, 23, Abd Musa Abu Jrad, 30, Siham Musa Abu Jrad, 26, Rija Aliyan Abu Jrad, and four children: Haniyah Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, Samih Naim Abu Jrad, Musa Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, 6 months, and Ahlam Musa Abu Jrad.

    Four members of the Shaath family were killed and four were injured including one seriously after an air strike on their home in the Hayy al-Manara neighborhood of Khan Younis around 10:30 p.m.

    Three members of the Abu Sneineh family were also killed in a strike on their home in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and three others were injured. The dead were named by Gaza medical authorities as: Faysal Abu Sneineh, 32, Emad Faysal Abu Sneineh, 18, and Nizar Fayez Aub Sneineh, 38 .

    Muhammad Talal al-Saneh, 20 , died around 10:30 p.m. as a result of an Israeli attack, Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

    Ismail Ramadan Salmi, 23 , was brought dead to the Gaza European Hospital, while Ghassan Salem Abu Musa Abu Azzab , 28, and his brother Muhammad Salam Abu Musa Abu Azzab , 19, from Hayy al-Manara in Khan Younis also died as a result of an Israeli attack.

    Muhammad Saad Mahmoud Abu Saadeh was killed in an Israeli airstrike in eastern Khan Younis on Friday evening.

    Hamza Mohammad Abu Hussein, 27, was killed in an airstrike on eastern Rafah on Friday evening, while Mohammad Abu Sa’da was killed in an artillery shelling eastern Khan Younis.

    Imad and Qassim Alwan , both children, were killed as a result of artillery shelling in eastern Gaza City.

    Rizk Ahmad al-Hayk, 2, perished in air strikes in Shawwa Square in Gaza City, while Sarah Muhammad Bustan, 13 , was killed in Hayy al-Tuffah in Gaza City.

    Yusif Ibrahim Hasan al-Astal , 23, died of wounds he sustained in Khan Younis a week ago.

    • Killed Friday 7/18

      1. Majdi Suleiman Jabara, 22, Rafah.
      2. Faris Juma’ al-Mahmoum, 5 months, Rafah. related article
      3. Omar ‘Eid al-Mahmoum, 18, Rafah.
      4. Nassim Mahmoud Nassier, 22. Beit Hanoun.
      5. Karam Mahmoud Nassier, 20, Beit Hanoun.
      6. Salmiyya Suleiman Ghayyadh, 70, Rafah.
      7. Rani Saqer Abu Tawila, 30, Gaza City.
      8. Hammad Abdul-Karim Abu Lehya, 23, Khan Younis.
      9. Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Rashad Fayyad, 26, Khan Younis.
      10. Mahmoud Mohammad Fayyad, 25, Khan Younis.
      11. Amal Khader Ibrahim Dabbour, 40, Beit Hanoun
      12. Ismail Yousef Taha Qassim, 59, Beit Hanoun.
      13. Ahmad Fawzi Radwan, 23, Khan Younis.
      14. Mahmoud Fawzi Radwan, 24, Khan Younis.
      15. Bilal Mahmoud Radwan, 23, Khan Younis.
      16. Monther Radwan, 22, Khan Younis.
      17. Hani As’ad Abdul-Karim Shami, 35, Khan Younis.
      18. Mohammad Hamdan Abdul-Karim Shami, 35, Khan Younis.
      19. Husam Musallam Abu Issa, 26. Gaza.
      20. Ahmad Ismael Abu Musallam, 14, Gaza City.
      21. Mohammad Ismael Abu Musallam, 15, Gaza City.
      22. Wala’ Ismael Abu Musallam, 13, Gaza City.
      23. Naim Mousa Abu Jarad, 23, Beit Hanoun.
      24. Abed Mousa Abu Jarad, 30, Beit Hanoun.
      25. Siham Mousa Abu Jarad, 26, Beit Hanoun.
      26. Raja’ Oliyyan Abu Jarad, Beit Hanoun.
      27. Haniyya Abdul-Rahman Abu Jarad family, child, Beit Hanoun.
      28. Husam Musallam Abu Aisha, 26, Jahr al-Deek.
      29. Mohammad Sa’ad Mahmoud Abu Sa’da , Khan Younis.
      30. Ra’fat Mohammad al-Bahloul, 35, Khan Younis.
      31. Wala’ al-Qarra, 20, Khan Younis.
      32. Abdullah Jamal as-Smeiri, 17, Khan Younis.
      33. Ahmad Hasan Saleh al-Ghalban, 23, Khan Younis.
      34. Hamada Abdullah Mohammad al-Bashiti, 21, Khan Younis.
      35. Hamza Mohammad Abu Hussein, 27, Rafah.
      36. Saleh Zogheedi, 20, Rafah.
      37. Ala’ Abu Shbat, 23, Rafah.
      38. Ibrahim Daoud al-Balawy, 24, Rafah.
      39. Abdul-Rahman Jamal al-Zamli, 22, Rafah.
      40. Ibrahim Ahmed ‘Abdeen, 42, Rafah.
      41. Mustafa Abu Morr, 20, Rafah.
      42. Khaled Abu Morr, 23, Rafah.
      43. Mohammad ‘Awad Matar, 37, Rafah.
      44. Bassem Mohammad Mahmoud Madhi, 22, Rafah.
      45. Ahmad Sa’id al-Bahnasawi, 25. Um An-Nasr.
      46, Saleh ‘Zgheidy, 20, Rafah.
      47. Mahmoud Ali Darwish, 40, Nusseirat, Central Gaza.
      48. Yousef Ibrahim al-Astal, 23,Khan Younis.
      49. Imad Hamed E’lawwan, 7, Gaza.
      50. Sarah Mohammad Bustan, 13, Gaza.
      51. Rezeq Ahmad al-Hayek, 2, Gaza.
      52. Mutafa Faisal Abu Sneina, 32, Rafah.
      53. Imad Faisal Abu Sneina, 18, Rafah.
      54. Nizar Fayez Abu Sneina, 38, Rafah.
      55. Ramadan Silmy al-Louhy, 21, Rafah.
      56. Ghassan Mousa Abu ‘Azab, 28, Khan Younis.
      57. Sami Naim Abu Jarad, (child), Beit Hanoun.
      58. Mousa Abul-Rahman Abu Jard, 6 months, Beit Hanoun.
      59. Ahlam Mousa Abu Jarad, (child), Beit Hanoun.
      60. Amhad Salem Sha’at, 15, Khan Younis.
      61. Mohammad Tala as-Sane’, 20, Rafah.

  • Hamas officially rejects #Gaza truce

    Hamas has officially told #Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday. “The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologizes for not accepting it,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. Hamas’s armed wing had already spurned the Egyptian plan on Tuesday, and #Israel, which briefly halted its Gaza offensive, resumed attacks after cross-border rocket fire from the Palestinian territory persisted. (Reuters)

  • UN says human loss and destruction in #Gaza “immense”

    The UN aid agency for Palestinians on Tuesday described the damage wrought by #Israel's air offensive on Gaza as “immense,” with more than 500 homes razed. “The level of human losses and destruction in Gaza is really immense,” said UNWRA spokesman Sami Mshasha. “According to our latest figure, we are talking about 174 killed and well over 1,100 injured. This number will increase. The numbers are increasing by hours,” he told reporters. “A good number of those killed and injured are women and children. That is a cause of concern for #UNRWA,” he added. read more

    #Hamas #Palestine

  • Protesters shut down eastern #Libya oil port

    Protesters have shut down the eastern Libyan oil port Brega, state firm National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Saturday, days after the government celebrated the reopening of major ports after almost a year of blockage. NOC spokesman Mohammed al-Harari said the state-run Sirte Oil Co would have to shut down its production of 43,000 barrels per day (bpd) if the protest by state oil guards continued, without being more specific about time frame. read more


  • UN evacuates staff from #Libya

    The #united_nations has evacuated dozens of foreign staff from its mission in Libya due to a deteriorating security situation in the North African country, a UN spokesman said on Thursday. “They will return if the security situation improves,” said Samir Ghattas, spokesman for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), without saying how many had left the country. Libya is in turmoil as the government and parliament are unable to curb militias that helped overthrow veteran ruler #Muammar_Gaddafi in 2011 but are now defying state authority. (Reuters)

  • Kurdish president : Maliki “must step down”

    A spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish president #Massud_Barzani said Thursday national premier #Nouri_al-Maliki had “become hysterical” and should step down after he accused the autonomous region of harboring militants. Maliki “has become hysterical and has lost his balance,” said the statement, published on the Kurdish regional presidency website in English. Addressing the premier, it continued: “You must apologize to the Iraqi people and step down. You have destroyed the country and someone who has destroyed the country cannot save the country from crisis.” read more

    #Iraq #Kurdistan

  • US opposes independence referendum for Iraqi Kurds

    The United States Thursday came out against a call by Iraq’s Kurdish leader for an independence referendum, saying the only way the country could repel Islamic State radicals would be to stay united.


    “The fact is that we continue to believe that Iraq is stronger if it is united,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

  • Israeli shelling injures pregnant woman, five others in #Gaza

    Six Palestinians, including a pregnant woman and an 11-year-old boy, were injured Friday morning after Israeli tanks fired on homes and mosques in the southern Gaza Strip. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, told AFP that the five were wounded after the tanks targeted “two mosque minarets” east of the city of Khan Younis. The 11-year-old boy was in serious condition, he said. Witnesses told local news agency Ma’an the tank fire damaged the Hoda and Taqwa mosques and several nearby homes. read more

    #Israel #Palestinian

  • 5 Palestinians wounded as Israeli tanks fire into Gaza after explosion | Maan News Agency | Published today (updated) 27/06/2014 09:54

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were injured on Friday morning after Israeli tanks fired into the southern Gaza Strip from the border, medical officials said.

    Spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that five Palestinians including a pregnant woman were injured by the artillery fire, and were taken to the Algerian Hospital in Abasan al-Kabeera southeast of Khan Younis.

    Eyewitnesses said that the tank fire had damaged the Hoda and Taqwa mosques in the area as well as a number of nearby homes.

    The Israeli military confirmed the attack in a statement, saying that the tank fire came in response to an explosion targeting Israeli forces “operating adjacent to the security fence” in the area.

  • #Gaza fisherman shot by Israeli forces dies of wounds

    A Palestinian fisherman in the Gaza Strip died on Sunday from Israeli gunshot wounds sustained last month, an official in the outgoing Hamas-run health ministry said. “Fisherman Imad Shukri Salem, 52, died this morning from wounds he sustained two weeks ago,” spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, saying troops on a naval vessel fired at him while he was fishing. Salem sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and underwent surgery but his condition deteriorated, he said. read more

    #Occupied_Palestine #Palestine

  • Gaza fisherman shot by Israel 2 weeks ago succumbs to his wounds | Maan News Agency
    Published Sunday 08/06/2014 (updated) 10/06/2014

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian fisherman shot by the Israeli navy two weeks ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, Gaza medical authorities said.

    Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that 52-year-old Imad Shukri Salim was announced dead Sunday morning.

    Salim was shot in the chest by Israeli navy two weeks ago while he was fishing off the coast in the area of al-Sudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip, al-Qidra said.

    Israeli forces shot two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the al-Sudaniya area in the month of May alone/

    Palestinian fishermen are only allowed to go three nautical miles from Gaza’s shore, even though an agreement previously settled on 20 nautical miles.

    #Gaza #pêcheurs #crime

  • First major tar sands oil shipment arrives in Europe amid protests | Environment | The Guardian

    A cargo believed to be Europe’s first major shipment of tar sands oil arrived in Spain this week, as European policymakers proposed scrapping the requirement that such oil be labeled as more polluting than other forms of crude.

    570,000 barrels of Western Canada Select heavy blend crude, originally from Canada, arrived in Spain’s port of Bilbao in the middle of this week, said a spokesman for Repsol.

    The shipment, which he said was a first for the Spanish oil and gas company, is part of a pilot project to test the capacity of its refineries to process the heavy grade crude.

    “We’re trying to give a future for oil refining in Europe, where many refineries have been shutting down in recent years,” he said. “We share environmental concerns but we think the solution is in efficiency and technology.”

    Producing oil from tar sands generates higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil. It has also been criticised for the amount of water needed to extract it.

    In anticipation of the shipment, Spanish environmentalists held a protest at the port of Bilbao last week. Mariano González of Ecologists in Action said "this was a good occasion to raise awareness about what’s happening and express our disapproval.

    The group is planning to continue its protests. “That was just our first action in coordinating a rejection of the entry of this type of oil into Europe,” he told the Guardian.

    The fact that this week’s cargo is a test shipment, he said, gave a sense of urgency. “It’s likely that if the EU doesn’t do something, tar sands oil will start to arrive in massive quantities to Europe.”


  • Attention : entre 2007 et 2014, le corps électoral syrien est officiellement passé de 11,97 millions à… 15,85 millions d’électeurs. Voilà bien la preuve irréfutable que la Syrie de 2014 est 32% plus démocratique que la Syrie de 2007. #seems_legit (Comment ça, non ?)

    À l’instant : Assad wins presidential election with 88.7% of the vote

    A spokesman for the court had said 11.63 million Syrians voted in Tuesday’s election inside the country and in an earlier round of voting outside Syria for refugees and expatriates. There were 15.85 million eligible voters in total, he said.

    En 2007 : President al-Assad gets 97.62 Percent in the Referendum on a New Constitutional Term

    He indicated that the percentage of the participating eligible voters
    reached 95.86 percent i.e. 11.472.157 citizens out of the overall number of citizens eligible for voting which is 11.967.611 citizens whose names were announced in the referendum records.

  • #Libya gunmen kill Swiss #Red_Cross worker

    Gunmen killed a Swiss national working in Libya for the International Committee for the Red Cross when they intercepted his car in the city of Sirte on Wednesday, the Red Crescent said. “The #ICRC's head of mission in Misrata was killed today as he was carrying out a visit to Sirte,” Red Crescent spokesman Mohamed Mustafa al-Misrati told AFP. Misrati said the ICRC worker was killed when unidentified gunmen stopped his car in the coastal city of Sirte, 500 kilometers (300 miles) east of Tripoli, where he had been working with the Libyan Red Crescent’s local branch. read more

  • Rapatriement des corps des séparatistes tués à l’Aéroport international de Donetsk (vers la Russie et la Tchétchénie)


    Dozens of pro-Russia separatists were killed after Ukrainian security forces launched an assault on Donetsk International Airport on Monday, following the militants’ seizure of a terminal.
    Now the grim task of returning the dead to their families is under way.
    At least 33 Russian citizens are among the militants killed during the violence, a spokesman for the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” told a CNN team at the morgue.
    The bodies have been identified and there is an agreement with the local police to escort the remains back to Russia soon, several separatist representatives said.
    The bodies will first be taken across the border to the southwestern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. From there, they will be transported to different towns according to where they are from in Russia and Chechnya.
    The CNN team at the morgue in Donetsk city saw at least 10 coffins.
    The separatist spokesman at the morgue said that the men were volunteers from across Russia who had come to help stand with the separatists against the authorities in Kiev.
    The spokesman also said that there are still around 15 bodies left at Donetsk International Airport, which the separatists haven’t yet been able to collect or identify.
    The death toll from Monday’s violence at the airport could be as high as 70, he added.

  • Azerbaijani Army strengthened with modern weapons - AzerNews

    The news was announced by Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman Vagif Dargahli while commenting on Russian media reports saying Azerbaijan has bought 100 T-90S tanks from Russia.


    Also, Russia will deliver another batch of TOS-1A “Solntsepyok” heavy flamethrowers to Azerbaijan in the near future, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) Concern of Russia told Azerbaijani media.
    Firing range of TOS-1A system on T-90 chassis is more than 7 km and the destruction area of one rocket is 2.5 ha. This system allows destroying open and closed fire points of the enemy in especially mountainous areas. Its high pressure and fire (when used) split rocks and causes stone streams in mountains.


    At the beginning of this year, Azerbaijan bought 24 Russian-made Mi-35M attack helicopters, ordered in September 2010. The country also purchased several Mi-35M simulators for training pilots.


    Bref, l’Azerbaïdjan reste un excellent client de l’industrie militaire russe…

  • #syria hand over remaining chemical weapon stockpile, Pentagon says

    Syria is starting to relinquish the remaining stockpile of materials from its #chemical_weapons arsenal after months of delay it blamed on security concerns, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. “It is starting to be moved as we speak,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. The news followed an announcement by the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemicals that Syria had destroyed its entire declared stockpile of isopropanol, a precursor for producing sarin nerve gas. read more

  • #ISIS rejects Qaeda call to quit #syria

    A powerful jihadist group battling #al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria has sharply criticised the global terror network’s leader in a statement, rejecting his call for them to leave the war-ravaged country. The audio recording, purportedly made by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, also urged Ayman al-Zawahiri to remove the leader of #al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. read more

    #Al-Nusra_Front #Top_News

  • #James_Baldwin at 90: Part 1 “Not the Country We’re Sitting in Now”

    By May, 1963, James Baldwin had become the most visible “spokesman”—a term he hated—for the Civil Rights Movement—a phrase he didn’t like much more. May was an intense month. In an inauspicious beginning, Harper’s published a set of his letters to his agent Bob Mills (1). Early in the month, going from San Francisco “to […]

  • Yemeni forces kill Al-Qaeda commander

    Yemeni security forces killed an Al-Qaeda commander suspected of masterminding a wave of kidnap attempts targeting Western diplomats in a night-time operation in the capital, a spokesman said on Friday. The operation came amid a security alert in Sanaa that prompted the closure of the US embassy on Thursday as troops backed by US drones pressed an offensive in the south. read more

    #Top_News #Yemen

  • Government rejects over 2,000 people died in Badakhshan landslide - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

    The Afghan government on Saturday rejected reports regarding the death of over 2000 people following landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province.
    Aimal Faizai, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said around 250 to 350 people have been killed based on the information they have received.
    Faizi said they are waiting to receive the report of Afghan government’s delegation who have visited disaster area.
    Figures on the number of people killed in the disaster varied as officials try to gather precise information from the village of Ab-e-Barek.
    The estimated number of dead on Saturday has surpassed 2500 people, according the local officials. This unseen land slide was caused by flooding related to ice and snow melt.
    Still there are conflicting reports about death number, while the UN on Friday said at least 350 people died, and the provincial governor said as many as 3000 people were feared missing.
    Villagers believe the number is higher, but the local officials of disaster management department said till now they can only confirm 255 deaths.

  • Syrian #rebels announce creation of unified #Southern_Front


    Ibrahim al-Jabawi, a former police brigadier general turned spokesman for the so-called Southern Front, speaks during an interview with AFP in Amman on April 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Khalil Mazraawi)

    Rebels in southern #syria say they’ve united tens of thousands of fighters and rejected the extremism and infighting that have plagued the uprising elsewhere, but still want for external support. The so-called Southern Front was created around two months ago and includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream rebel groups operating from the Jordanian border to the outskirts of Damascus and the Golan Heights, the rebels say. read (...)