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  • Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports on the largest protest the occupied West Bank has seen in years 

    Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces  
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube

  • Right, it's 4am in Qatar so I shall be clocking off. My colleague Nadine Cheaib will be updating from hereon. Here's a roundup of the day's developments in Gaza and the West Bank:

    • At least 15 people were killed when a UN-run school being used as a civilian shelter was bombed. Israel says the school may have been hit by an errant Hamas rocket. The Gaza health ministry says it believes the shelling was Israeli. It was the fourth attack on a UN installation in Gaza in four days. The UN agency in Gaza, the UNRWA, said it had given the Israeli army the precise GPS coordinates of the school.

    • As of 10pm GMT, the Gaza health ministry said the death toll in Gaza stood at 800 killed and more than 5,250 injured in 17 days of Israeli invasion. Two Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire in Israel and 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed inside Gaza.

    • Two Palestinians have been killed in huge protests in the occupied West Bank. Protesters attempted to reach the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to mark Laylat al-Qadr, one of the holiest nights in Islam, and protests have been reported in other areas of the occupied territory. The demonstrations are ongoing and our chief political analyst, Marwan Bishara says he believes they could escalate tomorrow after Friday prayers.

      Thanks for staying with aljazeera.com to keep up with developments.
  • More video from tonight's protests - this from instagram user razanabualhommus. The Storyful verification service has corroborated the location as in the West Bank.

  • Twitter users have also posted a picture of a Palestinian with Israeli riot gear outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. You can see the Hebrew text along the bottom of the shield. Users say the photo was taken tonight but obviously I'm not there so I can't vouch for it 100 percent.

  • Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's chief political analyst, says that the clashes in the occupied West Bank are a turning point in the current violence between Israel and Palestine.

    "Today’s clashes in Jerusalem are especially important considering the proximity and contact between Palestinians and Israelis. It’s also where Israelis are most fragile," he said.

    "It remains to be seen whether this will lead to a full-fledged third uprising with major implications for the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas’s leadership considering he’s been stubbornly against any such escalation. Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, called for such popular movement in his speech yesterday from Qatar.

    "If as expected confrontations continue to escalate tomorrow, including in Jerusalem around prayer time, we are in a totally new landscape of conflict.

    "As Israelis also warn of 10 more days of operations in Gaza, the coming days promise yet more escalation with unpredictable ramifications.

    "The spread of conformations would also complicate the ceasefire efforts in Gaza and even embarrass those trying to bring about a quick arrangement."

  • Twitter users are posting pictures they say show Palestinians breaking up Israel's separation wall in Abu Dis. Al Jazeera cannot verify the pictures at this point.

  • This is raw footage of the protests in the occupied West Bank, posted on Youtube by the Assosiated Press news agency. There are some scenes of injury. Again, most of the explosions you hear are fireworks.

  • This video, recorded by an Al Jazeera journalist, shows recent scenes from the main checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, with hundreds of Palestinians marching. The explosions you hear are mostly fireworks, but there are reports of Israeli gunfire at the scene.

  • #48KMarch to Jerusalem triggers deadly clashes 

    Palestinians prevented from reaching Al-Aqsa mosque on the holiest night of Ramadan. 

    Read more here

  • Israeli soldiers shoot at protesters in West Bank

    Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports from Qalandia checkpoint
    by Al Jazeera English via YouTube

    Tyab states that tonight is Laylat al-Qadar, one of the holiest in the Islamic calendar.

  • Inside Story discusses the UN investigation to be launched into Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip. Twenty-nine of the UN Human Rights Council's 47 members voted in favour of creating a commission of inquiry to look at possible war crimes committed by Israel. Only the United States voted against the resolution, while 17 states abstained.

  • A man has been killed in the village of Qalandia - near the West Bank city of Ramallah - and more than 55 have been injured by Israeli security forces, according to Palestine TV. 

    Mohammed Al-Aaraj was killed after Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets at protesters near the Qalandia checkpoint, the state TV said. 

  • The crisis in the Gaza is causing confrontations between left and right-wing citizens in Israel. Israeli activists who disagree with the military campaign are increasingly being seen as traitors. Al Jazeera's Kim Vinnell reports from West Jerusalem.

  • In a new short film, eight Dutch children are telling the stories of eight Palestinian children killed during Israel's offensive in Gaza. The video, titled "We are no longer here, do you care?" shows the children in the situations where they were killed, such as playing on a beach, at a playground, or using Facebook.

    The Palestinian children whose names are given in this video are Aahed Baker, Ismail Baker, Zakareyya Baker, Mohammed Baker, Ranim Abdul-Ghafoor, Anas Qandeel, Nour Al-Najdi and Sahir Abou Namous.

  • American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel on Thursday after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

    However, some European airlines continued to suspend their flights, out of security concerns around Ben Gurion International Airport.

    Officials in Washington lifted a formal ban on American flights to Israel late Wednesday, and flights by carriers Delta, United and US Airways, as well as Air Canada, were scheduled on Thursday.


  • USecretary of State John Kerry will not stay in the Middle East indefinitely trying to broker a ceasefire to halt the Gaza conflict , a senior US official has said.

    "Gaps remain between the parties, so his focus is on finding a formula that both sides can accept," said the senior US official, according to Reuters news agency. 

    "But he is not here for an indefinite amount of time and in the near future he will determine whether there is a willingness to come to an agreement on a ceasefire."

  • A Reuters photographer captures the Palestinian response to an Israeli air attack in Gaza City today.


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  • The US has urged greater effort to protect civilians in Israel's Gaza offensive as it voiced sadness over deaths at a UN school serving as a shelter.

    "We are deeply saddened and concerned about the tragic incident," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Cairo where Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to negotiate a ceasefire. 

    "We again urge all parties to redouble their efforts to protect civilians."


  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has said he was "appalled" by an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that had killed women, children and UN staff.

    "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act," Ban said in a statement. 

    "Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as UN staff."

    The Gaza health ministry said at least 15 people had been killed and some 200 wounded.


  • British low cost carrier easyJet said it will resume flights to Tel Aviv as scheduled from July 25, Friday, after regulators lifted advice over flying into the Israeli airport.

    easyJet said it would operate a flight from Tel Aviv to London on Thursday afternoon, before returning to its normal schedule, which includes connections between Tel Aviv and both London and Geneva, on Friday.

    On Tuesday the US Federal Aviation Authority issued a ban on the country's carriers from flying to Tel Aviv after a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza fell close to Ben Gurion International Airport, with Europe's aviation regulator following suit with a recommendation not to fly there.

    They both lifted their warnings on Thursday.

  • Israel said its troops were engaged in combat in the area with Hamas gunmen and it was investigating the incident at the school, Reuters news agency said.

    The Israeli military also said that their sensors detected rockets being fired from Gaza that might have fallen short and landed in Beit Hanoun and might have hit the UN school.  

    This is of course a rapidly developing story and information is changing constantly. We'll have more as it breaks.

    [Al Jazeera and Reuters]
  • Hamas must agree to a humanitarian ceasefire without conditions, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has said at news conference in Cairo on Thursday, as Egypt tries to mediate a truce between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

  • Robert Turner, United Nations Relief and Works Agency director for Gaza Operations, talks to Al Jazeera on the Israeli attack on the UN school that has been used as shelter in Gaza.

  • Read our latest story on Israel's offensive on Gaza
  • Shelling reported to have killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in the Gazan city Beit Hanoun. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza.

  • Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from a hospital in Beit Hanoun, says a lot of wounded people have been rushing to the hospitals around the UN school that was attacked earlier in the day.

    "We saw many children terrified with what has happened. There are all kinds of injuries, torso, arm, leg, direct hit of shrapnel," she said.

    At least 15 people have been killed and 200 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in northern Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter, the Gaza health ministry says.

  • Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, called the attack on the Beit Hanoun shelter "tragic and appalling".

    "We gave the Israelis the precise GPS co-ordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter as fighting drew in. We were trying to co-ordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted."

    He said he could neither confirm nor deny that Hamas fighters were near the building, but said Israel and Hamas "must respect the  inviolability of UN premises, and humanitarian law".
  • At least 15 people have been killed and 200 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in northern Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter, the Gaza health ministry says.
  • Robert Turner, the UNRWA director in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis about the attack on the school in Beit Hanoun. 

    He said they were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened. 

    "This is a designated emergency shelter,” he said.

    “The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

    He said he had no information that there was military activity around the school.

    "This was an installation we were managing, that monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained.

    “We always call on all parties to ensure that civilians are not harmed."

  • Our correspondent in Gaza, Nicole Johnston, has reported the shelling of a UN school in Beit Hanoun, which was being used as a safe haven.Up to 30 dead, 100 injured. We'll have more soon.
  • UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expressed deep concern about the mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, warning that it was "almost impossible" for Palestinians to shelter from Israeli airstrikes.

    Speaking to BBC Radio, she said:

    The reality in Gaza is, it doesn't matter how hard Israel tries to minimise harm, this is an extremely overcrowded stretch of land

  • Britain is "gravely concerned" by the high number of civilian casualties resulting from Israel's military operation in Gaza, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Thursday.

    Speaking on his first official visit to the region since taking over as Britain's top diplomat, Hammond said London would do everything it could to help broker a quick end to the hostilities.

    At a news conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hammond expressed Britain's support for Israel's right to self-defence, acknowledging that the current fighting was caused by Hamas firing rockets "indiscriminately" at Israeli towns and cities.

    "But we are gravely concerned by the ongoing heavy level of civilian causalities," he said as another 30 Palestinians were killed in ongoing fighting in Gaza, among them at least six children.

  • Kerry reaches out to Hamas allies to press truce

    US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire.

    Kerry - who is in Egypt, which has drafted a truce proposal for the Israel-Hamas conflict - spoke by phone with the foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, a US official said.

    The top US diplomat was hoping Qatar and Turkey would use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a ceasefire plan, which the Islamist group has so far rejected, the official said.

    Kerry also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after meeting him for two hours late Wednesday.

    Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal is based in Qatar.

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has harshly criticised Israel's assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza as well as Egypt's role in trying to  clinch a ceasefire.

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