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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

APOCALYPSE NOW WORLDWIDE

 

 

    The scenes were reminiscent of the war film Apocalypse Now, where US helicopters are filmed roaring across the skies in a similar setting in war-torn Vietnam

A woman cradles her child at a UN school in Gaza, where thousands of Palestinians have sought sanctuary from the continuing bombardment

Description of  Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. In January Martha fled with her husband and five children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Over 40 tons of emergency food supplies and seed - enough for 1,100 families - were airdropped into Leer by the International Red Cross. These are the first air drops by the ICRC for nearly two decades, in an effort to reach hundreds of thousands of starving and malnourished people in South Sudan. AFP PHOTO / Nichole Sobecki

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE NOW WORLDWIDE

 

 

 

Apocalypse Now... Israeli-style: Stunning pictures show military helicopters flying over the Mediterranean at sunset to stop flotilla of foreign activists reaching Gaza

  • Images captured the moment Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach blockade of Gaza
  • Pictures of helicopters against a backdrop of red skies are reminiscent of scenes from war film Apocalypse Now
  • Ship was carrying 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

These stunning images show the moment Israeli military helicopters flew over the Mediterranean at sunset to stop a flotilla of foreign activists reaching Gaza.

In scenes reminiscent of the war film Apocalypse Now, the aircraft are shown against a backdrop of red skies opposite the port of Ashdod in Israel. In the 1979 classic, US helicopters are filmed roaring across the skies in a similar setting in war-torn Vietnam.

Earlier today, Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries.

Stunning images show the moment Israeli military helicopters flew over the Mediterranean at sunset to stop a flotilla of foreign activists reaching Gaza

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Stunning images show the moment Israeli military helicopters flew over the Mediterranean at sunset to stop a flotilla of foreign activists reaching Gaza

Four Israeli army helicopters fly over the Mediterranean sea at sunset near the Israeli port city of Ashdod as a ship sails past below

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Four Israeli army helicopters fly over the Mediterranean sea at sunset near the Israeli port city of Ashdod as a ship sails past below

Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries

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Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists would be questioned before they are sent back to their home countries

The military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel. Israeli naval forces boarded the Marianne and searched it in international waters without needing to use any force, the military said.

The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. Three other ships that were part of the original flotilla reversed course before encountering the Israeli navy.

The Israeli military issued a statement on Monday night saying the vessel had arrived at the Ashdod port.

Israel blocks foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza

 

Military response: The Israeli military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel

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Military response: The Israeli military said that after exhausting all diplomatic efforts, the government ordered it to block the vessel

Swedish boat, the Marianne of Gothenburg (left), which was one of the four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, is escorted by an Israeli navy vessel

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Swedish boat, the Marianne of Gothenburg (left), which was one of the four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip, is escorted by an Israeli navy vessel

The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

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The ship was carrying about 20 activists, including Israeli Arab lawmaker Basel Ghattas and former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

The scenes were reminiscent of the war film Apocalypse Now, where US helicopters are filmed roaring across the skies in a similar setting in war-torn Vietnam

 

The scenes were reminiscent of the war film Apocalypse Now, where US helicopters are filmed roaring across the skies in a similar setting in war-torn Vietnam

'The vessel and crew members are now being transferred to the appropriate authorities for immigration and deportation processing,' it said.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said it could take a few days to deport them, depending on available flights.

The Freedom Flotilla group posted a photo on Twitter apparently showing a group of its activists onboard a ship.

Petros Stergiou, a member of flotilla's media team in Athens, said the group would continue its acts of protest until the blockade of Gaza was lifted.

'Once again, the Israeli state commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean Sea,' he said. 'The government continues this policy of non-tolerance, which means that it will continue to enforce the collective punishment against the 1.8 million people in Gaza.'

A 2010 Israeli raid against a Gaza-bound flotilla left nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists dead. It sparked international criticism of Israel and delivered a serious blow to its previously close ties with Turkey.

Israel has maintained a blockade of Gaza since Hamas militants took power in 2007. Islamic militants in the coastal strip have fired thousands of rockets toward Israel and have repeatedly tried to smuggle in arms by sea. Israel says the blockade is needed to prevent the militants from stockpiling weapons.

While Israel insists there is no siege, there are severe restrictions on Palestinian movement and trade, with virtually no exports. The international community, including the United Nations, has repeatedly called for an end to the blockade.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the naval blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law.

'This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region,' he said. 'We are not prepared to accept the entry of war material to the terrorist organizations in Gaza as has been done by sea in the past.'

Israel says it transfers about 800 trucks a day into Gaza and recently brought in more than 1.6 million tons of goods. It says it assists in hundreds of humanitarian projects, through international organizations, including the building of hospitals and clinics.

Reconstruction efforts in Gaza have nevertheless made little progress since last summer's devastating war. Tens of thousands are displaced within the narrow coastal territory and others are still living in damaged apartments.

 

 

The sympathies and framing of events on the ground by the Western media and sympathies of Western leaders gave justification to the bombing of Gaza. The burning alive of a teenage Palestinian boy got a passing mention in the press.  As the death toll in Gaza keeps rising, always,  not only must Palestinians defend their lives and livelihoods, but they must also contend with fighting the pro-Israel media narrative.

Meanwhile, the UN utters a pathetic whim but remains idle as bombs are dropped on toddlers.   After all, they take their cue from their paymasters with US contributing 25% to the United Nations (the next largest contributors being Japan (12.53%), Germany (8.018%), the United Kingdom (6.604%), and France (6.112%).  Lending their support in fratricide are the Arab leaders fratricide as their continued silence echoes the call to Genocide by Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked.

As Israel is set for a ground invasion of Gaza, the alarming call of aHoly War is heard from an Israeli commander who tells his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God.   Jewish extremism has always been concealed, and with it, the dangers. But the threat is very real – and very well understood even by those supporting this growing danger.

Examining a mezuzah scroll

Examining a mezuzah scroll

A 1997 article reviewing the Israeli Defense Force repeatedly stressed the possibilities of, and the need to guard against a religious, right wing military coup, especially as the proportion of religious in the military increases[i]. They have been on the increase.  In 2009, it was reported “Israel’s army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel’s wars are “God’s wars”. If Israel determines “God’s wars”, none are safe.

World leaders have warned that the conflict could engulf the entire region, but Israel is not heeding their warnings. Perhaps Netanyahu is smug in the knowledge that even if all in the region (and beyond) perish, Israeli Jews, or at least some, will be safe in its Site 911.Site 911, funded by America, due for completion soon, “will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory — all wedged behind shock resistant doors — with radiation protection and massive security.  Each door of the facility will have a detailed description of the mezuzahs written in “in-erasable ink”.

With the growing extremism in Israeli military, their “holy wars” and nukes, it is not just Gaza that is burning – this is a war on humanity and perhaps even human race.  If we do not stop it today, tomorrow may be too late.

As the bombardment of Gaza continues with its horrific loss of life, Israel has been at pains to point out its policy of warning the occupants of buildings targeted for airstrikes before the missiles rain down.

Such warnings can be in the form of text messages or phone calls, or the euphemistically dubbed 'knock on the roof', where passing aircraft first fire small projectiles on the tops of buildings to tell residents to get out.

Video of this controversial technique has now emerged, allowing the world to see exactly what it means for a a Palestinian living in Gaza to get a 'knock on the roof'. It comes amid reports that Israel reported it had shot down a drone along its southern coastline, the first time it has encountered such a weapon from Gaza.

Smoke rises from the roof of the home of Samir Nofal and his family after passing Israeli jets give him a 'knock on the roof'

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Smoke rises from the roof of the home of Samir Nofal and his family after passing Israeli jets give him a 'knock on the roof'

Fifteen minutes later the warplane returns with a full air strike, hitting the Nofal family home with two missiles

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Fifteen minutes later the warplane returns with a full air strike, hitting the Nofal family home with two missiles

As the smoke and dust clears the destruction can be seen, with the front of the building blown off by the high-explosive missile attack

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As the smoke and dust clears the destruction can be seen, with the front of the building blown off by the high-explosive missile attack

 

Gaza-based Watania news agency posted the footage to YouTube yesterday, describing it as the moment the home of Samir Nofal and his family was bombed.

Filmed from across the road from the three-storey target, it shows how passing aircraft first fire small rockets at the roof of the building, causing a blast powerful enough to blow out the curtains and shake the street.

The house is not destroyed but, according to the caption, around 15 minutes later the warplane returns. This time it fires two fully armed missiles at the building, causing a tremendous explosion and filling the street with smoke and debris.

As the dust gradually clears it can be seen that the structure has been devastated, its front has been blown off and what remains is a skeleton with the trappings of daily life spilling out. The video, published on Saturday and reported in The Independent today, has emerged as the bombardment of Gaza continues into its seventh day. A second video taken from an Israeli aircraft and published by the Israeli Defence Force's PR wing shows how they try to ensure that people are clear of targets before they attack.

Hamas rocket fire has continued almost unabated from the narrow coastal coastal strip, despite Israel's military claiming that its punishing air offensive has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group.

Palestinian officials say that 172 people had been killed by Israeli strikes since the operation began on Tuesday, and more than a thousand injured. At least 32 children have been killed according to the UN.

No Israeli has yet been killed by Palestinian rocket fire, most of which is intercepted by Israel's U.S.-funded Iron Dome missile defence system, although officials report that several people have been injured.

Incredibly, Israel reported today that it had shot down a drone along its southern coastline on Monday, the first time it encountered such a weapon since its campaign against the Gaza Strip militants began last week.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying and there was no immediate confirmation from Gaza on the use of unmanned aircraft.

The use of drones with an offensive capacity could potentially inflict significant casualties - something the rockets from Gaza have failed to do, largely because of the success of the military’s Iron Dome defence system.

Palestinians look at a missile which witnesses said was fired by an Israeli aircraft, as they stand in front of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City

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Palestinians look at a missile which witnesses said was fired by an Israeli aircraft, as they stand in front of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City

Another view of the same destroyed house, which was hit by an Israeli air strike as the UN today declared a state of emergency in all five districts of Gaza

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Another view of the same destroyed house, which was hit by an Israeli air strike as the UN today declared a state of emergency in all five districts of Gaza

Two men inspect a bedroom inside the destroyed house to see if there is anything that can be salvaged from the destruction

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Two men inspect a bedroom inside the destroyed house to see if there is anything that can be salvaged from the destruction

The United Nations Relief Works Agency today declared an emergency in all five areas of the Gaza Strip, after what it called a 'dramatic escalation in violence', particularly in the past 24 hours.

Many thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes after warnings of impending airstrikes or military operations in their neighbourhoods, including a mass leaflet drop telling residents to get out of West Beit Lahia in north Gaza, home to around 100,000 people.

The caption to Watania's video says that Samir Nofal and his family were able to escape their home between the 'knock on the roof' warning and the airstrike which destroyed it 15 minutes later - an example of the IDF's warning system working as planned to avoid civilian deaths.

But human rights group Amnesty International has nevertheless condemned the practise, pointing out that in many cases the supposedly non-lethal strike has led to deaths.

Philip Luther, Amnesty's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: 'There is no way that firing a missile at a civilian home can constitute an effective ‘warning’.

'Amnesty International has documented cases of civilians killed or injured by such missiles in previous Israeli military operations on the Gaza Strip.'

The group also points out that many Palestinians have been buried under the rubble of their homes without first receiving an early warning from the Israeli air force.

Amnesty also condemned the continuing campaign of rocket fire at Israel from Gaza, which has 'indiscriminately' targeted major Israeli cities including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon and Hadera.

'Firing indiscriminate rockets, which cannot be aimed accurately at military targets, is a war crime, as is deliberately targeting civilians,' said Mr Luther. 'There can be no excuse for either side failing to protect civilians, including journalists, medics and humanitarian workers, or civilian facilities.'

MailOnline contacted the Israeli Defence Force for comment, but at the time of publication had received no reply.

A young relative of Tayseer Al-Batsh Gaza's chief of police, mourns at the funeral yesterday of 18 members of his family who were killed in an Israeli air strike on their home on Saturday night

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A young relative of Tayseer Al-Batsh Gaza's chief of police, mourns at the funeral yesterday of 18 members of his family who were killed in an Israeli air strike on their home on Saturday night

A woman cradles her child at a UN school in Gaza, where thousands of Palestinians have sought sanctuary from the continuing bombardment

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A woman cradles her child at a UN school in Gaza, where thousands of Palestinians have sought sanctuary from the continuing bombardment

Women and children rest in the UN school after fleeing Beit Lahiya, where Israeli jets dropped thousands of leaflets telling residents to leave their homes

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Women and children rest in the UN school after fleeing Beit Lahiya, where Israeli jets dropped thousands of leaflets telling residents to leave their homes

A boy sleeps on the floor of the UN school. UNICEF warns that children are 'bearing the brunt' of the latest violence to convulse Israel and Palestine

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A boy sleeps on the floor of the UN school. UNICEF warns that children are 'bearing the brunt' of the latest violence to convulse Israel and Palestine

In the six days of fighting since Tuesday, Israel launched more than 1,300 airstrikes that it says have killed dozens of militants, knocked out scores of rocket launchers, flattened Hamas installations and even destroyed the homes of its senior leaders.

But militants have fired more than 800 rockets at Israel at a rate that hasn't slowed down.

Today more rockets were also fired into northern Israel from Lebanon, the third such rocket attack from across the northern border since Friday, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Israeli military spokesman Brigadier-General Motti Almoz linked the Lebanon rockets to the Gaza fighting.

'Some on the other side are trying to heat up the border. We were not surprised by it, we prepared for it, we knew the Gaza fighting could affect oth, der areas too,' he told Army Radio.

Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip earlier today as the Israeli bombardment of the territory entered its seventh day

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Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip earlier today as the Israeli bombardment of the territory entered its seventh day

Another cloud of smoke from an air strike on Gaza. In the six days of fighting since Tuesday, Israel launched more than 1,300 airstrikes that it says have killed dozens of militants

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Another cloud of smoke from an air strike on Gaza. In the six days of fighting since Tuesday, Israel launched more than 1,300 airstrikes that it says have killed dozens of militants

No injuries have been reported as a result of the three incidents across the Lebanese-Israeli frontier since Friday.

The Lebanese national news agency said two rockets had been fired just after midnight in the latest salvo from Lebanon. The Israeli military said several rockets had been fired from Lebanon at western Galilee, one hitting an open area.

'No injuries reported thus far. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) immediately responded with artillery fire toward the source of the fire,' the military said in a statement. A witness in Lebanon heard at least five explosions on the Lebanese side of the border, apparently caused by Israeli shelling.

Southern Lebanon is a stronghold of the powerful Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006. While the Iranian-backed group routinely states its readiness for another confrontation with Israel, analysts believe it wants to avoid one now as its fighters aid President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the Syrian civil war.

In Gaza, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes to take shelter at UN schools, some for the third time in the past five years.

UNRWA reported that Israeli air strikes were now allegedly targeting water utility workers in Gaza, with two killed on Saturday and another two apparently targeted today, with one left in a critical condition.

As a result the Coastal Water Municipalities Water Utility, which provides water and sanitation services to the Gaza Strip, has suspended all field operations, the agency said.

'If operations are suspended for any length of time, the CMWU fears it will expose Palestinians in Gaza to health and environmental disasters in addition to the current vulnerable conditions people are experiencing as a result of the escalation of conflict,' said UNRWA in a statement.

Israeli explosives experts carry the remnants of a fired from Gaza after it was shot down by the Iron Dome air defence system and hit a synagogue in Tel Aviv on Friday

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Israeli explosives experts carry the remnants of a fired from Gaza after it was shot down by the Iron Dome air defence system and hit a synagogue in Tel Aviv on Friday

An Iron Dome air defence launcher fires a rocket to intercept a Palestinian rocket. The system has helped to ensure that no Israeli has been killed by rocket fire in the current round of violence

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An Iron Dome air defence launcher fires a rocket to intercept a Palestinian rocket. The system has helped to ensure that no Israeli has been killed by rocket fire in the current round of violence

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today warned that children were 'bearing the brunt of worsening violence in Gaza and Israel'.

'No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence,' said Mr Lake.

'The violence is taking a shocking toll on children both physically and psychologically, with alarming consequences for future chances of peace, stability and understanding. Too often children who witness such violence, and come to view it as "normal", are likely to repeat it themselves in later life.

'UNICEF staff on the ground have spoken with families who describe the deep emotional impact that the current violence is having on children - children who are not sleeping or who are having nightmares, children who have stopped eating, and children who are exhibiting harrowing signs of mental distress. 

'With the possibility of a further escalation in violence, UNICEF joins the Security Council in calling on all sides to urgently exercise maximum restraint and for the protection of civilians - not only for the sake of peace, but for sake of the children who are suffering the worst of this current violence.'

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation into Gaza, the Israeli government has said.

Reporters and residents said heavy artillery, naval shelling and helicopter fire were underway along the Gaza border after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military action in a bid to stop rockets being fired from Gaza.

'The prime minister and defense minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel,' the official statement said.

The operation will include 'infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support', a statement from the Israeli military added.

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Battle: Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City after Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, following a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons

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Battle: Smoke from flares rises in the sky in Gaza City after Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, following a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons

Blast: A picture taken on Thursday shows an explosion following an Israeli strike in Gaza City

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Blast: A picture taken on Thursday shows an explosion following an Israeli strike in Gaza City

Attack: The Israeli Prime Minister ordered the ground action to destroy tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory

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Attack: The Israeli Prime Minister ordered the ground action to destroy tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory

Israel and Palestinian militants in the densely populated enclave have been fighting an intense cross border war for the past ten days.

A Hamas spokesman told CNN that Israel 'will pay a heavy price' for its ground operation in Gaza.

Palestinian medical and security sources believe 240 people have been killed in Gaza, including seven children who died on Thursday, and about 1,800 injured, CNN said. Israel says one of its citizens has died.

Following a brief ceasefire, fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas had resumed on Thursday, including an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof, after a temporary cease-fire that allowed Gazans to stock up on supplies.

The resumption of violence signaled major obstacles to Egyptian-led efforts to reach a permanent truce between the two sides, despite increased efforts by Egypt to broker a deal.

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza as ground offensive begins

Attack: An Israeli tank maneuvers to take a position along the Israel-Gaza Border on Thursday

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Attack: An Israeli tank maneuvers to take a position along the Israel-Gaza Border on Thursday

Preparation: Israeli soldiers are pictured on patrol along the border with the Gaza Strip ahead of the beginning of the ground operation on Thursday. As many as 240 people have died in Gaza, and one person has died in Israel

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Preparation: Israeli soldiers are pictured on patrol along the border of Gaza ahead of the start of the ground operation on Thursday. As many as 240 people have died in Gaza, and one person has died in Israel

Fighting resumes: Within 20 minutes of the UN-brokered ceasefire ending, Israel began firing shells at what it calls 'terror targets' inside the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants responded by launching homemade rockets

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Fighting resumes: Within 20 minutes of the UN-brokered ceasefire ending, Israel began firing shells at what it calls 'terror targets' inside the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants responded by launching homemade rockets

The earlier U.N.-brokered five-hour lull in fighting gave residents of the Gaza Strip time to crowd into stores and vegetable markets after more than a week of being mostly holed up at home for fear of airstrikes.

But the streets emptied out quickly after the cease-fire expired, with Palestinian militants firing more than 50 rockets at Israel, including a heavy salvo toward the Tel Aviv area that sent people running for cover, the Israeli military said.

Israel responded with a wave of eight airstrikes, including one that killed two boys and a girl ages 8 to 10 from the same family in Gaza City, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said.

TV footage from the scene showed a doll and a sandal near pools of blood on the roof of the home.

Their grandfather, Marzouk Shahaibar, said the cousins had gone on the roof of the home to feed pigeons.

'Without even realizing it, they were struck from above,' he said tearfully. 'They weren't fighting. They did nothing.'

Heartbroken: A Palestinian man cries after seeing the dead bodies of two of his sons in the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza on Thursday after three children lost their lives to shell fire from Israel

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Heartbroken: A Palestinian man cries after seeing the dead bodies of two of his sons in the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza on Thursday after three children lost their lives to shell fire from Israel

Devastated: Mourners carry a Palestinian boy, one of three children who were killed by an Israeli missile strike on Thursday, outside the family house during their funeral in Gaza City

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Devastated: Mourners carry a Palestinian boy, one of three children who were killed by an Israeli missile strike on Thursday, outside the family house during their funeral in Gaza City

Sadness: Palestinian siblings Maria Abdel Aal, 4, right, and Misk, 3, cry as the body of their relative Bashir Abdel Aal, who was killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike in Rafah, Gaza, is carried away

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Sadness: Palestinian siblings Maria Abdel Aal, 4, right, and Misk, 3, cry as the body of their relative Bashir Abdel Aal, who was killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike in Rafah, Gaza, is carried away

The deaths came a day after four boys ages 9 to 11 were killed on the beach beside a coastal road west of Gaza City. Israel issued a renewed warning Thursday to Gaza residents to leave their homes for their own safety.

Another Israeli airstrike hit a crowded area outside a mosque and shattered windows in a nearby care center for the disabled and elderly, Palestinian security officials said.

The director of the Wafa Rehabilitation Center, Basman Ashi, said four staff members were hurt and power went off in the building after the attack.

The center in the Gaza Strip has 17 patients, some on respirators or unable to walk.

The Israeli military has repeatedly warned Ashi to evacuate his patients ahead of impending strikes, saying the area near the Israeli border is being used by Hamas to launch rockets.

Ashi has refused, saying he can't move the patients safely. Foreign volunteers have stayed with the patients to try to deter the strikes.

Mounting civilian casualties have increased international pressure to stop the hostilities, but negotiators have made little headway.

Tears: Palestinian mourners look on as the body of Bashir Abdel Aal, killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, is carried away from the family house during his funeral on Thursday

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Tears: Palestinian mourners look on as the body of Bashir Abdel Aal, killed in an overnight Israeli missile strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, is carried away from the family house during his funeral on Thursday

Egyptian efforts to bring all sides to the table continued Thursday, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas after Egyptian officials met separately with representatives of Israel and Hamas in Cairo. But the gaps remain wide.

Israel accepted Egypt's call earlier this week to halt all fighting, but Hamas rejected the idea because it first wants to lock in achievements, such as easing the seven-year blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt.

Strict Egyptian access restrictions to Gaza over the past year, combined with long-running Israeli closures, severely weakened the Islamic militant group.

Israel has carried out nearly 2,000 airstrikes and Hamas has fired more than 1,300 rockets since the current conflict erupted on July 8 as anger spread over the killings of three Israeli teenagers followed by the burning death of a Palestinian teen in an apparent revenge attack.

In Jerusalem, an unidentified 29-year-old Jewish man and two teenagers were indicted Thursday on charges of murder and kidnapping in Mohammed Abu Khdeir's death.

Destruction: Palestinian girls collect their belongings at an apartment building that was hit overnight

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Destruction: Palestinian girls collect their belongings at an apartment building that was hit overnight

Ruins: A Palestinian girl carries a toy she salvaged from debris of an apartment building destroyed overnight

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Ruins: A Palestinian girl carries a toy she salvaged from debris of an apartment building destroyed overnight

The indictment said that the suspects carried out the crime to avenge the deaths of the three Israeli teens last month in the West Bank and that they killed Abu Khdeir 'solely because he was an Arab.'

The suspects also were accused of attempting to kidnap a seven-year-old Arab boy a day earlier.

Abu Khdeir was strangled, beaten and burned to death while he was unconscious, according to the indictment.

On Thursday, Israel's Ministry of Defense recognized Abu Khdeir as a 'victim of terrorism'.

Many of the rockets fired from Gaza have reached beyond the border area to Israel's economic and cultural heartland, but the Israeli casualty toll has been kept low due to the success of its 'Iron Dome' missile defense system, which has shot down more than 300 incoming rockets.

The military said Thursday that the system has shot down 86 per cent of its targets since the current round of fighting began.

Israel accuses Hamas of firing from within populated neighborhoods, using civilians as 'human shields' and mosques, homes and schools for storing weapons.

Accued: A 29-year old Israeli is pictured after he was indicted for the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16. He was allegedly killed in revenge for the deaths of three Israeli teens last month

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Accued: A 29-year old Israeli is pictured after he was indicted for the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16. He was allegedly killed in revenge for the deaths of three Israeli teens last month

On Thursday, the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, said that during a routine check it discovered about 20 rockets hidden in one of its vacant Gaza schools and called on militants to respect the 'sanctity and integrity' of U.N. property.

It said the incident was 'the first of its kind in Gaza.'

In the lead-up to Thursday's lull, 13 heavily armed Hamas militants tried to sneak into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza but were struck by Israeli aircraft at the mouth of the tunnel some 250 meters (820 feet) inside Israel, near a kibbutz, the military said.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the military believed at least one militant was killed in the strike and the remaining fighters appeared to have returned to Gaza through the tunnel. Hamas' military wing said all its fighters returned safely.

Israeli aircraft also struck 37 other targets earlier Thursday before the temporary truce took effect, including the homes of senior Hamas leaders Fathi Hamad and Khalil al-Haya, the military said.

 

 

 

 

Laughing rebels filmed the plane as it crashed, gleefully bragging ‘That was a blast – look at the smoke!’ while a fireball rose from the debris.

One of the voices is believed to be militia commander Igor Strelkov, who then penned a triumphant war cry on Twitter, saying: ‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”.’

A sickening mobile phone video posted online shows a pall of black smoke billowing over the crash site as three rebels provide an excited commentary.

The extraordinary footage – apparently filmed by the shooters themselves – charts the terrible final moments of the doomed airliner.

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Gloat: Ukrainian rebel Igor Strelkov published a tweet indicating he thought his rebels had shot down an Antonov-26 military plane of the Ukrainian Air Force. It now appears it was Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

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Gloat: Ukrainian rebel Igor Strelkov published a tweet indicating he thought his rebels had shot down an Antonov-26 military plane of the Ukrainian Air Force. It now appears it was Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

The downing of flight MH17

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Smoke and debris believed to be from flight MH17 falling to Earth

Their camera does not zoom in enough to see the plummeting plane in the sky, but the rebels’ voices can be heard talking happily of ‘black spots – these are the parts flying’, suggesting it fell to earth in several pieces.

A voice believed to be that of Strelkov – dubbed ‘Igor the Terrible’ – announces: ‘The plane was hit!’ He adds: ‘Look at those black spots, these are the parts, flying … it was a blast … look, look, black smoke!’

Another rebel, possibly referring to the missile system, laughs and says: ‘It was worth bringing this thing, wasn’t it?’

 

None of the rebels can be seen in their horrific film, but it appears to be genuine because at the time only they seemed to know what was happening. Ordinary life carries on in the village where they are standing. A bus trundles by and an unsuspecting villager is seen wandering past the camera.

Shortly after the passenger plane was downed, Strelkov – seen smirking in propaganda photos – tweeted a boastful message claiming responsibility.

Destroyed: An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine

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Destroyed: An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine

Firefighters put out smouldering wreckage of 'shot down' MH17

At the time, he apparently believed he had shot down an Antonov-26 military plane of the Ukrainian Air Force, saying it landed near a mine named Progress.

His chilling message read: ‘In the area Torez we just hit down An-26, it’s lying somewhere in the mine “Progress”.

‘We warned you – do not fly in “our sky”. And here is the video confirmation of the “bird dropping”.

‘Bird fell near the mine, the residential sector was not disturbed. Civilians are not injured.’

Later as the horror became clear, the tweet was deleted.

Transcript that chills the blood

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Transcript that chills the blood

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian newspaper published the transcript of a phone call reportedly intercepted by Ukraine’s security services where rebels are heard discussing finding MH17's wreckage.

Militants nicknamed ‘Major’ and ‘Greek’ were recorded speaking as ‘Major’ inspected the crash site and found only ‘civilian items’. Also on the line were Igor Bezler, who the SBU says is a Russian military intelligence officer. Below is the full transcript of the conversation.

Far from civilians being unharmed, accounts began to emerge of bodies falling out of the stricken plane over the village of Rassypnaya. Residents said charred and naked bodies lay in the streets.

Strelkov, who minutes earlier had been boasting about his ‘military’ success, seems to have gone to ground once he realised his catastrophic mistake.

Video claims to show moment Malaysian flight was 'shot down'

A man of mystery with at least three names, Strelkov believed by Ukraine to be a serving Russian colonel in the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the country’s army – a charge firmly denied by Moscow.

He commands pro-Russian forces now in control of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, but his enemies suspect he is a direct agent of the Kremlin.

SEPARATISTS 'FIND MH17 BLACK BOX'

People were scouring the area for the black box flight recorders and separatists were later quoted as saying they had found one.

According to Russian news agency Interfax, First Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Purgin of the breakaway Donestsk Republic said they will be transferred to Moscow for examination.

'There are highly qualified experts who will be able to accurately determine the cause of the disaster, even though it is so clear,' he said.

Meanwhile, armed separatists are hindering search efforts at the crash site, the head of Ukraine's emergency services said.

'The search work is difficult because we are talking about a big radius... but also because armed terrorists who are on the spot are hampering things,' Serhiy Bochkovsky told journalists. He gave no details.

The secret service in Kiev claims his real identity is Igor Girkin.

He has an ex-wife and children still living in Moscow, and his Russian passport number and address in Moscow have been published by media in Ukraine.

Neighbours in the Moscow suburb where he lives know him as Igor Girkin, but his men call him Igor Strelok – meaning ‘Igor The Shooter’.

Whoever Strelkov is, his name crops up time and again in Russia’s troublespots.

He was in and out of Chechnya between 1999 and 2005 as an agent of the Federal Security Service – the former KGB – according to some reports.

And when Putin decided to annex Crimea earlier this year, Strelkov was stirring up hatred on the Russian president’s behalf, Kiev claims.

Ukrainian intelligence says he crossed the Ukrainian border in Simferopol on February 26, when the Crimean parliament was seized.

He was personally blamed for the abduction of several peacekeeping observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Strelkov accused the observers of being ‘professionally trained spies’ carrying ‘special devices’ and claimed Russia would decide their fate.

In the Russian right-wing media, Strelkov is regarded as a hero figure, one prepared to sacrifice his life to the cause of the Russian state and its future. One profile called him ‘a Russian civil war romantic’.

Others regard him as an enemy, a terrorist and a criminal responsible for several high-profile killings.

Intercepted phone call from Russian separatist about MH17

An unverified image posted online show Ukrainian inspecting what appears to be wreckage from the doomed flight

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An unverified image posted online show Ukrainian inspecting what appears to be wreckage from the doomed flight

Power: BUK missile launchers are capable of taking down aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, meaning the impact is likely to have blown the plane apart in the sky (file picture)

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Power: BUK missile launchers are capable of taking down aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, meaning the impact is likely to have blown the plane apart in the sky (file picture)

Video Source YouTube

Pro-Russian rebels 'discuss downing of Malaysian jet'

In April, the EU named him on its list of sanctioned Russians who were posing threats to Ukraine’s independence.

Eccentric Strelkov, who is obsessed by military history, has been known to dress up in the uniforms of civil war generals, as a Cossack and even in a suit of armour.

One profiler wrote: ‘He looks like a military officer of an earlier generation, with short hair and clipped moustache, complementing his “little green man” military fatigues. He is quiet-spoken, calm, and – his extreme political views notwithstanding – highly intelligent.’

The news comes as footage that some claim proves Russia has launched military attacks on Ukraine from its own territory emerged today.

Some claim that this footage proves Russia has launched military attacks on Ukraine from within its own border

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Some claim that this footage proves Russia has launched military attacks on Ukraine from within its own border

Journalist Roman Bochkala posted a map showing where the alleged attack originated

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Journalist Roman Bochkala posted a map showing where the alleged attack originated

The images allegedly show an attack by a truck-mounted 'Grad' 122 mm multiple rocket launcher from close to Gukovo in Russia's Rostov region across the frontier into neighbouring Ukraine.

Kiev has been making increasingly strong complaints that Moscow is mounting attacks from its own territory as well as supporting insurgents with weapons and reinforcements.
Moscow has denied such accusations.

The head of organization 'Civil Initiative' Dmitry Snegirev claimed today that this footage - from late on 16 July - shows strikes from Gukovo onto Krasnodonsk district in the Lugansk region of Ukraine.

He claimed locals had provided the information about the 'Grad' strikes.

Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala wrote on Facebook: 'Here is direct evidence of shelling of Ukraine with "Grad" from the territory of the Russian Federation. Two units are firing in the village Gukovo, Rostov region.'

Claiming it was not the first such strike, he posted a map showing where the alleged attack originated.

THE FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE REBEL CONVERSATION

A phone call between rebels where they are heard to say ‘holy s***’ when they realised their error was intercepted by Ukraine’s security services, according to a Ukrainian newspaper.

Militants nicknamed ‘Major’ and ‘Greek’ were recorded speaking as ‘Major’ inspected the crash site and found only ‘civilian items’.

Also on the line were Igor Bezler, who authorities says is a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, Vasili Geranin.

The unverified transcript was posted online by the Kiev Post newspaper:

Igor Bezler: 'We have just shot down a plane. Group Minera. It fell down beyond Yenakievo (Donetsk Oblast).

Vasili Geranin:'Pilots. Where are the pilots?'

IB:'Gone to search for and photograph the plane. Its smoking.'

VG: 'How many minutes ago?'

IB: 'About 30 minutes ago.'

The next part of the conversation took place about 40 minutes later, it was reported.

Major: 'These are Chernukhin folks who shot down the plane. From the Chernukhin check point. Those cossacks who are based in Chernukhino.'

Greek: Yes, Major.

Major: 'The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. We have found the first 200 (code word for dead person). A Civilian.'

Greek: 'Well, what do you have there?

Major: 'In short, it was 100 per cent a passenger (civilian) aircraft.'

Greek: 'Are many people there?'

Major: 'Holy s***. The debris fell right into the yards (of homes).'

Greek: 'What kind of aircraft?'

Major: 'I haven’t ascertained this. I haven’t been to the main site. I am only surveying the scene where the first bodies fell. There are the remains of internal brackets, seats and bodies.'

Greek: 'Is there anything left of the weapon?'

Major: 'Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.'

Greek: 'Are there documents?'

Major: 'Yes, of one Indonesian student. From a university in Thompson.'

     

A Ukrainian military transport plane which was shot down along the country's eastern border was likely to have been hit by a rocket fired from neighbouring Russia, Ukraine's defence minister has claimed.

Rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine immediately claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26 which authorities say may have been carrying up to 20 people.

But Ukrainian defence minister Valeriy Heletey said the plane was flying at an altitude of 21,300 feet, which is too high to be reached with separatists' weapons.

The tail-section of the Ukraine military An-26 transport aircraft which was shot down close to the Russian border. Pro-Russian rebel groups have claimed responsibility for the attack

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The tail-section of the Ukraine military An-26 transport aircraft which was shot down close to the Russian border. Pro-Russian rebel groups have claimed responsibility for the attack

The shooting followed a Moscow threat to use  'surgical retaliatory strikes', according to respected newspaper Kommersant.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the report. 'I don't comment on this in any way. It's complete nonsense.'

 

In the last two weeks, the government has halved the territory held by pro-Russia separatists, who have been forced back into strongholds around the eastern cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Those two mostly Russian-speaking regions have declared independence from the government in Kiev.

Fighting intensified around Luhansk as government forces stepped up efforts to disrupt rebel lines and reclaim more territory from the faltering insurgency. One resident said panic was gripping the city.

Despite reports of military successes, however, Ukraine's president announced he has more evidence that Russia has directly supported a separatist insurgency against his government that is dragging into its fourth month.

Photo taken on July 14, 2014 shows a destroyed armoured vehicle on the road of the airport in the south of Lugansk.  The defence ministry said Monday that Ukrainian jets carried out five air strikes against separatist positions close to Lugansk but there was no confirmation of rebel claims that Kiev had massed tanks in the outskirts ahead of a major push into the city. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

A destroyed armoured vehicle on the road of the airport in the south of Lugansk. Russia's defence ministry said today that Ukrainian jets carried out five air strikes against separatist positions

There was no confirmation of rebel claims that Kiev had massed tanks in the outskirts ahead of a major push into the city of Lugansk

There was no confirmation of rebel claims that Kiev had massed tanks in the outskirts ahead of a major push into the city of Lugansk

The defence ministry said government troops had retaken several villages around the rebel-controlled city of Luhansk and had reopened a corridor to its civilian airport

Today Russian state television has aired an unconfirmed report claiming the Ukrainian army publicly nailed a three-year-old boy to a board in a former rebel stronghold.

In move that has provoked a storm of criticism, Channel One broadcast an interview in which a woman gave graphic details of the alleged incident.

She said she recently saw Ukrainian soldiers round up people in the Ukrainian flashpoint city of Slavyansk and nail an insurgent's child to a notice board.

Attempts to corroborate the report have so far failed and Ukraine responded by accusing Russia of ratcheting up its propaganda war.

A spokeswoman for Ukraine's interior ministry, Natalya Stativko, on Monday slammed the report as 'following in the footsteps of Goebbels,' Nazi Germany's minister of propaganda.

'The cruder and the more monstrous the lie, the better it will look for the Russian propaganda machine,' Stativko said.

People board buses as they depart as refugees to Russia in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 14, 2014. Five busloads of Internally Displaced People from the towns of Slavyansk, Karlovka, Maryinka and Donetsk left here Monday morning for the Rostov region in Russia to ask for refugee status there. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Five busloads of 'Internally Displaced People' from the towns of Slavyansk, Karlovka, Maryinka and Donetsk left this morning for the Rostov region in Russia to ask for refugee status there

People look through a bus window as they depart as refugees to Russia in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 14, 2014.  Five busloads of Internally Displaced People from the towns of Slavyansk, Karlovka, Maryinka and Donetsk left here Monday morning for the Rostov region in Russia to ask for refugee status there. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Refugees look through a bus window as they depart to Russia in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Residents of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine prepare to board buses for Rostov-on-Don in Russia from a collection point in Donetsk July 14, 2014. Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Residents of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine prepare to board buses for Rostov-on-Don in Russia from a collection point in Donetsk

Galina Timchenko, former editor of Lenta.ru, a prominent news portal in Moscow, said the report was a gross breach of professional ethics by one of Russia's most watched channels.

'This is an egregious violation of professional ethics,' she said. 'Not only is there no proof anywhere -- this is not even being questioned.'

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny denounced the channel as 'nutty' for airing the report.

'Are they completely sick to be concocting this?' he wrote on his blog. 'The people behind this are a danger to society and what they are doing is a true crime.'

Representatives of Channel One declined immediate comment.

The report featured a woman named as Galina Pyshnyak, who was interviewed at a refugee camp in Russia, describing the incident that she labelled an act of revenge.

'They gathered women on the square because there are no more men. Women, girls, old people,' Pyshnyak said.

'They took a child of around three years old, a little boy in his underwear and a T-shirt and nailed him to a notice board like Jesus. One was nailing him and two others holding him.'

Russian official rhetoric often compares events in Ukraine to Nazi Germany and calls the pro-Western Kiev government a 'fascist junta'.

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols as the deminers neutralize mines and other explosives in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region on July 14, 2014,. Ukrainian troops claimed fresh gains Monday around one of the main remaining separatist strongholds as Moscow reportedly weighed up "targeted" cross-border strikes following the alleged deadly shelling of a Russian town.  AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols as the de-miners neutralise mines and other explosives in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region

A Ukrainian serviceman looks inside an abandoned house as he patrols in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region on July 14, 2014. Ukrainian troops claimed fresh gains on July 14 around one of the main remaining separatist strongholds as Moscow reportedly weighed up "targeted" cross-border strikes following the alleged deadly shelling of a Russian town.  AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian troops claimed fresh gains around one of the main remaining separatist strongholds as Moscow reportedly weighed up 'targeted' cross-border strikes following the alleged deadly shelling of a Russian town

Ukrainian deminer carries a mortar shell as they neutralizes mines and other explosives  in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region on July 14, 2014,. Ukrainian troops claimed fresh gains Monday around one of the main remaining separatist strongholds as Moscow reportedly weighed up "targeted" cross-border strikes following the alleged deadly shelling of a Russian town.  AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOVGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

A Ukrainian de-miner carries a mortar shell as they neutralizes mines and other explosives in the village of Semenovka, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk

Russia's defence ministry said today that Ukrainian jets carried out five air strikes against separatist positions close to Lugansk but there was no confirmation of rebel claims that Kiev had massed tanks in the outskirts ahead of a major push into the city.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin today threatened military strikes on Ukraine in an alarming escalation of the worst conflict between former member countries of the Soviet Union.

RUSSIA MASSING BORDER TROOPS

Russia is swelling its troop numbers again on the border with Ukraine amid new fears of an invasion of the east of the country, claimed Kiev sources yesterday.

The force could be sabotage squads or masked as 'peacekeepers', warned military analyst Dmytro Tymchuk.

Tymchuk claimed Russian special forces and intelligence brigades were massing across the border from Ukraine's Donetsk territory.

'Special force units are coming to Rostov region,' he said. 'This is reconnaissance and sabotage groups of staff brigades of the Russian GRU intelligence special forces.

'According to our data, the commanders of these units have been told that they will be brought into the territory of Ukraine on July 15.'

Tymchuk, coordinator of the Information Resistance Group, has previously accurately predicted troop deployments in the bloody conflict which has seen almost 600 people killed in the EU's backyard.

He warned that Russian forces could be sent into Ukraine as "peacekeepers" or in green uniforms without insignia as happened when Crimea was grabbed  in March.

Or a wave of sabotage squads could be sent into Ukraine to back "terrorists" - as pro-Western Kiev refers to insurgent pro-Moscow fighters.

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko yesterday claimed Russian troops were already fighting alongside the rebels inside his country.

'Russian staff officers are taking part in military operations against Ukrainian forces,' he said.

And official sources echoed the fears of a troop build-up, the month after Vladimir Putin assured Western leaders his armed forces were going back to their barracks.

'Deployment of Russian units and military equipment across the border from the Sumy and Luhansk border points was noticed. The Russian Federation continues to build up troops on the border,' warned Ukraine national security council spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

Kiev insists that a Russian man killed at a border town was shot by pro-Moscow separatists in an act of provocation.

'Fighters systematically fire mortars and shoot into Russian territory, which killed a Russian citizen," said Lysenko.

The threat will cause deep concern in the West and comes amid reports of residents fleeing the city of Donetsk amid fears of a major battle between Ukrainian troops and rebels.

Moscow is considering 'surgical retaliatory strikes' on the Ukrainian territory following claims that people in Russia were killed and wounded after being struck by shells from across the border.

'Our patience is not boundless,' a source told Kommersant newspaper, owned by Arsenal Football Club shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

'This means not a massive action but exclusively targeted single strikes on positions from which the Russian territory is fired at.'

The Russian side 'knows for sure the site where the fire comes from', said the source. ,

The proposed plan echoes a statement by a deputy speaker of Russia's upper house, Yevgeniy Bushmin, who told RIA Novosti news agency that using precision weapons in response to Ukraine's shelling would prevent further Kiev's attacks of Russian territory.

'There is a feeling that if before firing was not aimed against Russian border guards, now provocations have been on the rise as there is no other means of forcing us to join in the standoff with Ukraine's security troops,' he said.

'The only way to fight against this like civilised countries do, namely the US and the EU. We should use precision weapons, like Israel, to destroy those who fired this shell.'

Ukraine claimed that the attack was staged by pro-Moscow rebels, denying any involvement by its armed forces.

One Russian citizen was reported killed when a shell exploded in a yard of a house in a small border town also called Donetsk, the same name as the Ukrainian city.

Another shell hit a house, injuring two women, a 82-year-old mother and her daughter. The elderly woman was hospitalised with concussion and fractures.

Meanwhile there were reports that rebels have started using a Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft - their first warplane - against Ukrainian forces.

Today's threat from the Kremlin followed a warning on Sunday by the Russian foreign ministry of 'irreversible consequences' from the border 'attack'.

Moscow deemed it 'an extremely dangerous escalation' .

Kiev claims that Moscow is arming rebels with Grad multiple-rocket system, and alleged any shooting across the Ukraine-Russian frontier was by insurgent fighters and not its armed forces.

The Kremlin allegation was 'total nonsense', it claimed.

Moscow earlier appeared to pull back tens of thousands of troops close to the border amid fears it could invade eastern Ukraine.

The Russian senate also rescinded permission for Vladimir Putin to deploy forces in Ukraine.

 

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Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, striking at least 50 sites in Gaza by air and sea and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion in order to quell rocket attacks on Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

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Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, striking at least 50 sites in Gaza by air and sea and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion in order to quell rocket attacks on Israel. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

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A little girl sits on a part of the couch at the Suu-Samyr plateau, 2,500 meters above the sea level, near the ancient Silk Road network of trade routes between the East and West, some 200 km outside Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO #

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People walk under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the east Ukraine city of Donetsk, near the village of Novobakhmutivka, 20 km North from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 7, 2014. The bridge has been destroyed, blocking a key access route to the rebel-held city. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) #

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A Syrian street vendor carries an umbrella walking amid dust following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces on July 7, 2014 in the Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said on July 6, 2014 that regime forces are preparing to launch a major assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO /AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI #

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A Palestinian man hold shrapnel again a shrapnel scared wall following an Israeli air strike in Beit Hanu, in the northern of Gaza Strip on July 9 2014. The Israeli air force bombed 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight as it pressed a widescale campaign to stop volleys of Palestinian rocket fire, an army official said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED #

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Members of the Syrian Civil Defence rescue a man under the rubble following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces on July 7, 2014 in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood in Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said Sunday that regime forces are preparing to launch a major assault on rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO /AHMED DEEB #

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Palestinian children play at the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014 . Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza with more than 50 strikes after Hamas militants fired scores of rockets over the border, dragging the two sides towards a major conflict. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED #

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Relatives and friends of the al-Kaware family mourn over one of the 7 members of the family during their funeral in Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. The father, a member of the Fatah movement, and his 6 young sons were all killed the day before in an Israeli air strike that targeted their home. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX #

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A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike, on July 11, 2014 in Rafah, in the southern of Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza but failed to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets across the border, as the United States offered to help negotiate a truce. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB #

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Female members of the al-Kaware family grieve during the funeral for 7 killed members of the family in Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. The father al-Kaware, a member of the Fatah movement, and his 6 young sons were all killed the day before in an Israeli air strike that targeted their home. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX #

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A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces on July 9, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, by May some 2,000 civilians including 500 children had been killed in the daily air strikes, which rights groups have condemned as a "war crime" for failing to discriminate between military and civilian targets. AFP PHOTO /AMC/ZEIN AL-RIFAI #

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Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. In January Martha fled with her husband and five children into the bush, where they lived for months before returning home in May to find their home burned and food stores looted. Over 40 tons of emergency food supplies and seed - enough for 1,100 families - were airdropped into Leer by the International Red Cross. These are the first air drops by the ICRC for nearly two decades, in an effort to reach hundreds of thousands of starving and malnourished people in South Sudan.

Description of  Malnourished children receive treatment at the Leer Hospital, South Sudan, on July 7, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people were cut off from critical, lifesaving medical care after the Leer Hospital, run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF-Doctors Without Borders), was ransacked and destroyed between the final days of January and early February. When MSF returned to Leer in mid-May, people in the town were desperate for medical attention, and the hospital admitted over 800 malnourished children in the first day. Aid agencies have warned that famine will break out in war-torn South Sudan within weeks unless massive funding for food aid is provided. AFP PHOTO / Nichole Sobecki

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Malnourished children receive treatment at the Leer Hospital, South Sudan, on July 7, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of people were cut off from critical, lifesaving medical care after the Leer Hospital, run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF-Doctors Without Borders), was ransacked and destroyed between the final days of January and early February. When MSF returned to Leer in mid-May, people in the town were desperate for medical attention, and the hospital admitted over 800 malnourished children in the first day. Aid agencies have warned that famine will break out in war-torn South Sudan within weeks unless massive funding for food aid is provided.