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>> israel's invasion of gaza continues tonight. >> we have been hearing a lot of tank shelling coming from where we are, here. >> every single one of these buildings shook violently. >> for continuing coverage of the israeli / palestinian conflict, stay with al jazeera america, your global news leader. [ gunfire ] more backlash in the west. palestinians clashing with soldiers as gaza comes under a full-scale invasion. >> nearly 300 innocent lives were taken - men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis in ukraine. plus surveying the scope and
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recovering the victims, russian separatists accused of tampering with evidence and removing bodies as investigators try to figure out what happened to another malaysian airliner. good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. thank you for joining us from new york city. we are following overnight development on the two big stories, the malaysia airlines disaster and israel's ground invasion of gaza. first to ukraine, where the investigators are headed back to the scene of the plane shot on thursday killing 298 passengers on board. officials in kiev accusing russian rebels of destroying evidence and moving bodies. world leaders claim that russia supplied the missile that shot down the craft. one american was on the flight. over in israel ground troops pushed into gaza. they are trying to cripple
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hamas's artillery as they showed off the tunnels and weapons. 300 palestinians have been killed. 900,000 are without water. others fled to u.n. shelters. president obama supports israel's right to defend itself against hamas. >> no nation should accept rockets fired into the borders or terrorists. sirens went up in tel aviv. >> we had reports around the world tracking both stories. we'll join john terrett in washington for more on the airlines disaster. first we begin the coverage where israel is pressing ahead with its ground defensive. nick schifrin joins us with the latest. >> good morning to you. thank you for joining us. you spent the morning with emergency workers. what was that light. set the scene for us a bit.
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>> yes, there's a huge amount of tension and a huge amount of violence. that is north gaza. many of the rockets have been fired from gaza into israel. that's where the barrage is happening, by the air and tank, and troops entering the area. my morning with ambulance workers dealt with a lot of victims and casualties. we witnessed the fight between the ambulance workers and local police. the feel of a seem is increasing more than 50,000 people from that community behind me are here in gaza city. they are filling u.n. schools. one room is 200 square feet with 29 people lying in it. the u.n. does things with the
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humanitarian crisis. we are talking about food and a medical shortage. the violence is increasing inside the gaza strip. the humanitarian crisis and the human toll - what about the political solution, it's the 12th day of fighting and ban ki-moon is headed to the middle east. is there a chance of a ceasefire? >> yes, ban ki-moon, as i said, is heading here today. he will be pushing for a ceasefire and pushing for a ceasefire is the u.s. secretary of state. john kerry's aids tells me there may be an interest to the region soon. hamas which runned the gaza strip, or israel has been willing to talk about a
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ceasefire. what we are getting in israel is talk of a rhetoric or long-term campaign. israelis are citing incidents. another israeli was killed, a bedouin family. the tunnels are what the israeli soldiers are going after right now. as this violence increases, these particular incidents increase the rocket attacks in israel, the israeli military is talking about a longer term operation to get rid of the tunnels and remove the capacity. it imperils anyone trying to find a ceasefire. >> nick schifrin joining us love from gaza. thank you for being with us. >> to the other top story, the malaysia airlines disaster. ukranian officials say rebels are trying to destroy evidence,
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remove bodies from the crash site. european investigators were back at the scene after being prevented from accessing the site yesterday. scott heidler has more from the scene of the crash. >> when we came from a 2 hour drive to here, we saw lighter chick points. i'm not sure if that's why they say it will be easier for the investigators to come in. you have a 20km safety zone around the side, but not a corridor. a lot of international groups are investigators, doctors. they have to come to this laction. if it's safe around here, is it safe to get here. that is the issue. we bring it up. we have been here for a couple of hours. quite far in the distance we have seen battles going on. there might be a safety zone, but what we hear is the sound of
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multiple launch rocket systems, it's an active battle area. >> what has changed here? >> there's more markers for more bodies. any here or the covered. we are in a part where the biggest chunk is coming down. you can see over here, the first time we have seen this, a memorial to the 298 people that lost their lives. we soak to the woman and picked the flowers and put them on what once was the wing, and she said she did that because there were 80 children on the aircraft, and they had perished and she has grand children of the same age. she felt the need to put a memorial on the wing. this area was cordoned off by
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separatist fighters. there's a rural road going through where the debris fields are, and the farm fields. the public buses are up and back. if you look at from an investigative standpoint. this is not a cordoned off scene, it's now a contaminated scope. >> it's important for us to recognise that this outrageous event underscores that it is time for piece and security to be restored in ukraine. >> there's little doubt that russia supplied the missilement president obama called the incident an outrage of unspeakable proportions. the president is promising to found out the truth of what happened. >> reporter: his administration says it has not reached a final judgment. president obama left little doubt as to who he thinks is
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responsible. >> evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by face-air missiles, launched from an area controlled by russian backed separatists in ukraine. the president laid out the evidence. russian-backed separatists shot down a helicopter. and claimed possibility for shooting a fighter jet. and russia is sending arms in training, including anti-aircraft weapons to the separate its. >> they are heavily armed and trained. that is not an accident. >> warning of misinformation and tampering with evidence, the president called for a ceasefire in ukraine. in part to allow safe and rapid access to the site. as president obama cast suspicion on the separatists and russia, officials insist they'll await a verdict from international crash experts. our focus is on seeing through a
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thorough investigation. yet u.s. officials believe investigators, if given access to all the evidence will implement the separatists. a conclusion the president hopes will strengthen the resolve of europeans. it will be a wake up call for europe and the world, that there are consequences to an escalating conflict in eastern ukraine. >> for more on this john terrett join us live from the nation's capital. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. >> good morning. >> we heard the president say it's a wake up call for europe and the world. how does the obama administration plan to push moscow to end this thing? >> that's right. good morning. the answer is that he's using many of the tools that he has available to him. he is offering help from the fbi, and ntsb, many of whose members are on the way or close
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to the crash site. on wednesday he issued sanctions against moscow. the message really is that this is a wake up call to the international community and europe, on whose door stop the crash and crisis is playing out. the president called upon an international having. separatists are blocking the perimeter to the crash site, her hearing this morning, making it difficult for all the organisations that want to get here. nefrls plenty -- nevertheless meanty of countries are offering help. is it difficult when you have rush an officials saying stop lecturing moscow. >> the relationship between russia and the u.s. is complex.
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they cooperate on some, disagree on others. the u.s. insisted on a diplomatic solution to the ukranian crisis. the first step is to get access to international bodies, to work out why or how the plane was downed. the president - there's none of these challenges lending itself to quick or oozy solutions. all requiring american leadership. >> the plane was downed by the military. the united states saying he was downed. that's a big hurdle to get over. >> i want to go back to something you said. you mentioned diplomatic solution. could we see sanctions. is that enough to make a difference. >> that is a debatable point. i can spend hours on it. there were more sanctions in the pipeline.
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the targeted sanctions are wednesday, banks, energy companies and private defense companies. more could come. the president is mindful of how russia's economy is integrated into the rest of the world. they have to be careful which company they target. john terrett joining us from the heart of the nation's capital. it's a dim view of countries which facilitate. we take a dim view of this. the idea that russia can wash it hands because it happened in ukranian air space does not stand serious scrutiny. >> australian prime minister tony abbott calling for an international investigation into russia's involvement in of the malaysian airlines crash that killed 27 australians. >> in the netherlands people
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paid tribute to the victims of that crash in amsterdam. 192 of 298 passengers killed were dutch citizens. as julie chen shows us, disaster is gripping families from around the world. >> reporter: in each piece of the debris, a reminder of the lives abruptly cut short. >> we know at least one american citizens, quinn, lucas shan zjs man was killed. our thoughts and prayers are with his family. >> the 19-year-old student was a dual american dutch citizens, reportedly travelling to kuala lumpur for a family vacation. his facebook page revealed he moved to amsterdam in april. also on board a 25 yield dutch citizens, a doctoral student in chemistry at indiana university. she was on the rowing team and
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the university's president called her an outstanding student and talented athlete. >> the 298 people on board came from 11 countries. more than half were from the nether lands. roger and gill gharde were on board, returning hem from a conference. >> mum and dad we love you so much and will miss you so much. they really wanted to see their little granddaughter walking when they came home tonight. >> in newcastle england family gathered to remember liam sweeney. >> my last words were liam, remember i love you so much. that was it. he didn't deserve this at all. he loved everybody. >> the 28-year-old was on his way to watch his favourite team
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play soccer in new zealand. >> and glen thomas, a spokesman for the world health organisation. >> glen will be remembered for his ready laugh and compassion. he will be greatly messed by those that had the opportunity to know him and work with him. the 49-year-old was a former bbc journalist, and part of the group of people headed to an aids conference. this woman and her family were headed to india for eid celebrations and her two children. 15 malaysian crew members decide, including this 31-year-old flight attendant. she had been working for malaysia airlines for nine years and hoped to get married this year. just one more reminder of lost felt around the word. al jazeera's julie chen
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reporting. a book of condolence has been set up outside the departure terminal at amsterdam airport. >> most of the community is outraged. >> let's here condemn nation from russia to the armed troops. and what international diplomats are demanding from russia, and what russia is saying in response. plus, brother against brother. how the israeli invasion of gaza led to clashes 2010 palestinian civilians and palestinian police.
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good morning, and welcome back to al jazeera america. live in new york city, i'm morgan radford. thank you for joining us. investigators were back at the scene of the malaysian airlines crash where rebels prevented them inspecting the area on friday, prompting the call for international cooperation. we are joined live from london.
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good morning to you. i will ask you the same knech i asked -- question i asked john terrett in washington. yesterday it was called a wake-up call. how are officials in europe where you are hearing the same message? >> well, there's a growing sense of now, as we move past the shock and sorrow into anger, there have been discussions between washington and the various capitals here in europe, in which they have discussed a number of things. first and foremost trying to get a ceasefire established and investigators on the ground which they have been hampered in doing. there has been some discussions, we know from the state department, about an increase in sanctions. tougher sanctions on russia. now, one of the big stumbling blocks has been, since this
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cycle has started in ukraine. the e.u. trade relationship and the money deals going between the e.u. and russia, and germany has been difficult with that, has been reluctant to be stringent. we are hearing that there are discussions between president obama and german chancellor angela merkel in which stricter sanctions have been discussed. >> you mention stricter sanctions. two questions - one, do you think the critics trying to block u.s. sanctions will change their policy? secondly, would it even work? >> will they discuss it, inevitably yes. i'll get to the same question. let me tell you why i think they'll discuss it. as i mentioned, the anger in europe is exponentially. these are the morning papers.
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the fingers point at vladimir putin. this is the son. lleyton hewitters rop and here is one. vladimir putin killed my son. this is pointed directly at vladimir putin. the court of public opinion is seriously incensed. we have that contributing to whatever met rigs the politicians take into account. will it work, it's a tall order. the sanctions have to hit large industries, effective and as they said, they have up until now had been dragging their feet. >> phil ittner, thank you for being with us. and to rory challands live for us in moscow. how is putin reacting, and russians reacting to the blame? >> there has been nothing from him.
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the comments put out sense the crash are on a similar line. what they are saying is he has deep sympathy. (b), that it is far too soon to point fenningers about russia. russia denies the allegations that the west has been making, that it has been funding supplying and training of the rebels in the east of ukraine. that is not true. russia is doing a bit of finger pointing and vladimir putin said that the ukranian government, in kiev, should accept sa degree of culpability for what happened because the plane came council, flying through the air space and ukraine is responsible for its safety. the response of vladimir putin is to try and push some of the injective as being fired at russia, deflected towards
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ukraine. >> how long can they keep up the denial when virtually the whole world is pointing its finger at vladimir putin? >> well, they can keep it up as long as they want to and as long as there's no definitive proof that links what happiness to mh17 with russia, if you watch the russian tv networks, there are all sorts of ideas and theories expressed about what might have happened. they vary from it being shot down by bots. from mice ail systems from the ukranian army to being shot by ukranian plans, like maybe they had mistaken it for vladimir putin's plane. i think as long as that message
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is coming from the russian networks and the russian governments. they can deny as it much as they want. >> we are getting news that angela merkel had a phone conversation with vladimir putin, asking him to step up to the plate. vladimir putin called for a ceasefire. does he have power over the rebels or are they beyond control? >> that is a very good question. there are three different possible scenarios here. there is the scenario that the west is articulating, which is that russia, moscow have direct control over the rebels, and they are essentially puppets to what the kremlin wants to do. then there is the scenario that is articulated by the russian government, which is anyone fighting in ukraine that might be russian, is doing so under his or her own initiative.
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they are patriots for a pan-russian ideal. it's nothing to do with moscow. or there is the idea that moscow set this thing up, but it now has control over it no longer. that's a difficult solution, difficult idea trying to pick out what is the truth. >> a lot of conflicting reports. thank you for being with us. now we go to jim walsh, a research with mit programme, joining us from watertown massachusetts. it's a pleasure to have you here with us in the morning. do you believe there's a cover up going on here? >> i think you'd have to bet yes. i mean we don't know for sure. part of the reason we don't know is they won't allow people on the ground. that's a good indicator, right. the o.s.c.e. is trying to gain access, didn't get far. there was a warning shot fired
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when they stopped to look at a piece of wreckage. my guess is we are in cover up mode. they'll drag it out. they have started to move the bodies. they said they'd give the black boxes to the russians if they found them. i think this is about delay, hoping that the crime scene deg raids and at the end the day it will not change the conclusion but they can create uncertainty. that's what they are up to now. >> effectively you are saying it's purposeful, and you bring up an issue of denial. it's an issue of access, the fact that russia want to be part of this indicating that joout yin is worried about the outcome. >> it was a clever move by vladimir putin. he is a clever guy. he said "we want to be part of the investigation", which sounds good. it would be great if russia was part of the investigation. what it means is if russia is part of it, they get to know
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everything that everyone else knows, because the information will be shared amongst investigators and parties. we'll know what people are thinking and the evidence they have, and they can offer objections or a counter view or des-sen. it's a way -- dissent. it's a way for him to have leverage or influence. a clever move on his part sounds good, but will probably be a problem. >> speaking of clever moves, what's the u.s.'s role, and what should it be. >> great question, fundamental. the u.s. offered to help with the investigation. my guess is they are providing intelligence to governments. they can't release stuff that will endanger the sources and methods but they are probably having information sharing with governments. and they are coordinating on sanctions. beyond that there's a limit to what can be down. even the bully paul pit is
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helpful. up until this point if you go to the propaganda war, this put him on the offensive. it doesn't change the fundamentals. russia will care about ukraine, it's on the border, it's the way the world walks. this crisis may force vladimir putin to change his tactics and rein in some of the separatists that he's been supporting more than the malaysia airlines catastrophe again. outrage growing across the middle east now. . >> there's a protest in jordan calling for the end of israel's invasion of gaza. live to gaza after the break. and we are following the crisis in iraq. the islamic state waging war
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against shia and kurds. we hear from those on the ground now talking about the war up close.
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. >> we went to get to the bottom of it, it is important to have a thorough and complete and transparent investigation of what actually happened, and to do that we the cooperation of all the international bodies. transparency and cooperation. a malaysian disaster team is on the way to the scope. the transport minister is asking for help to secure a safe route, saying that evidence is being tampered with and they need to get to the site. rebels are blocking o.s.c.e. mon
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cores and informed -- monitors and informed that they would conduct their own having and inform them when security council. scott heidler, you were one of the first journalists on the scope. what are you seeing now. [ inaudible ] update for you. the european observer missions, o.s.c.e. are here on site, here for almost an hour. it was an interesting situation when they arrived. we were along a checkpoint. they put a bus in the middle of the road preventing the european observer submission. it's a discussion. they walked up. there are other discussions. the o.s.c.e. asked to go at certain points.
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they have - the european observers were not allowed to go to some areas and as well on friday. they have taken a quick look. it's an hour into this. things are asking a little bit. they were talking about observers. they have spoken with a couple of people. they are not investigating as you said. it's nothing that the malaysian and the dutch authorities are looking forward to to get their people in here, in the eyes of the nation that have had people on the aircraft. >> we have red reports that pro-russian rebels fired shots into the air before allowing observers to get in. since you've been on the scene, have you heard shots fired. >> there were attempts, but they were born out of confusion. every strip of the way it has
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been tens. to my understanding, what happened on friday, that was because they went into areas that the separatists did not want them to go into, so they fir fired warning shots. they went into certain areas, and even into houses down the hill, by one of the biggest debris fields and we spoke with a woman, what she saw and heard. >> scott heidler joining us live. thank you for being with us this morning. >> the united nations is stressing investigators need to access the scope. while officials agree that it's necessary, they are bickering over who is to blame. james bay reports on the security council meeting. >> reporter: they stood in silence. the members the of the u.n. security council pausing that are meeting to pay tribute to
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the almost 300 people who died on flight mm-hmm 37. a moment of unity soon followed by a meeting in which the tragedy became a global crisis. thinks escalating when the u.s. ambassador made it clear who was responsible. >> let me share with you our assessment of the evidence so far. we assess malaysian airlines flight 17 carrying 298 people from amsterdam to kuala lumpur, was likely downed by a surface to air missile. operated from a separatist held location in eastern ukraine. ambassador power said one country alone was backing the separatists. >> separatist forces backed by the government continued to destabilize ukraine and undermine the efforts of the
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leaders to build a democratic ukraine. >> let us here today, clear and unequivocal conduct from russia of the actions of the armed group. they do not rpt the people of ukraine. out russian support, they'd wither. >> the russian support places the blame on the government of kiev. >> i am sure every reasonable person would ask themselves why the ukranian aviation authority directed a passenger plane over the zone of military activity, into an area of military clashes, an area that was used to carry out strikes on civilian targets. it was the area where anti-aircraft forces were operating. >> one of the main challenges is to get investigators to the crash site. there's calls of a ceasefire and
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monitors from the os ce, an international security body, it to make the lead. tensions are high in occupied east jerusalem where protesters clashed with palestinian police and the army. demonstrators are upset over the offensive with gaza, launching firecrackers and rocks. this while riot police tried to break demonstrations. israel claimed it stopped an assault by hamas soldiers using the secret tunnels, those tunnels that israel says it's targetting. hamas reveals this video showing soldiers marching through the tunnels. we are in israel with nisreen el-shamayleh, with new information. >> a second israeli citizens has been killed in a rocket attack. it hit a bedouin area, populated
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by arabs. he's probably a palestinian-israeli citizen, and the rocket hits the negative area, and four other members of his family were injured in the attack. the area is underpopulated. the people don't have access to bomb shelters and don't hear rocket sireness, so they are more vulnerable than others, the bedouins living in the makeshift shelters. separately the army foyed another infiltration total by fighters in southern israel, saying a number of fighters tried to infiltrate through a tunnel into israeli territory,ued mab een gun and used -- used a machine-gun and the army responded. two soldiers were injured in the incident and evacuated to
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hospital. a palestinian fighter was killed, according to the army, which said it's witnessing and facing success it's telling the israeli public about the targets hit, and the army confirming that the operation will continue until the goals are met. especially the coal of destroying -- goal of destroying underground tunnels, the top priority for the army. generally they are saying the huts they saw are in line with the expectations. >> co-director of the middle east center for peace, culture and development at north eastern university. thank you for being with us. >> first off, israel decided to launch this invasion after hamas rejected the accuracy fire propose am. why the rejection and what does hamas want? >> well, i think from hamas's point of view they said that the reason for the rejection of
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egypt's proposal is they weren't culted on the proposal -- consulted on the proposal, they heard about it though the media. i think it goes beyond that. i think what hamas is seeking through this is first and foremost an end to israel's siege, the economic drankulation on the gaza strip , imperilling hamas's position. the egyptian ceasefire didn't really contain strong pledges to end that. until hamas gets improved terms, i think they are determined to go on with this. hamas is concerned they weren't consulted. what is n. what does israel want. is the goal to stop the rocket fire or will israel conquer and reoccupy the strip. >> that's the debate within israel and binyamin netanyahu's cabinet. up until this point prime minister binyamin netanyahu
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himself has kind of expressed modest goals to the operation. first of all to stop the rocket fire and destroy the underground tunnel network going into israel. there are those within his government and party who are pushing for a much more radical hard line approach for israel to do more than strike back at hamas, occupy the gaza strip and demill tarrize it. at the moment the prime minister is sticking to a more cautious position. the longer this goes on the the attention are is that he will by virtue of the force of events be carried towards the position. >> what would it take to get a ceasefire. the problem right now is that the e-egyptians are, for the time being, the only party
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actively engaged, trying to work with both sides. turkey and qatar don't have the ability to work with israelis. egypt hasn't been able to change the proposal from the one offered. egypt has its own agenda. they are no friend of hamas. it was preoccupied. there's a lack of international mediator who can bring sides together. ultimately it will be a question of finding the ceasefire proposals that will be anticipatable to israel and hamas. the existing proposal was not acceptable. there'll have to be better terms with some sort of economic relief and support for the population in gaza that will make it more acceptable to hamas. at this point in time hamas obviously feel the conflict in israel, getting bogged down, is
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to his advantage. they don't look to be looking for a ceasefire. >> i want to go to the live photo now of the border. we are seeing troops on the boarder. can we have a look at that. when we look at the troops there on the border, i want to go back to something you said. you said the u.s. is preoccupied, as the violence unfolds, what do you think the u.s. role is. kerry may go to the region, but what ley ridge does he have -- leverage does he have? >> he doesn't have a great deal. the u.s. role is first and foremost while expressing support for his rail's operations to re -- for his rail's provision, it is to restrain israel. that it doesn't expand the goals or send the israeli army into the gaza strip. this is the danger, massive
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casualties. the goal of the u.s. must be to keep the israeli operation as limited as possible. make sure the israelis stick to their clird objective and don't end up reoccupying the gaza strip , which will be disastrous for the palestinians. it's important that president obama and secretary of state john kerry continue to affirm while they might back israel, they will not give israel a blank check to do what it wants. >> co-director of the the middle east center for peace, culture and development. thank you so much for joining us this morning. iraq is another conflict area where diplomats are trying to find a solution. hundreds of iraqi refugees are fleeing the violence, arriving at refugee camps in other countries. nisreen el-shamayleh has more. >> it was a show of solidarity
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to the displaced people of iraq. that's how a visit to the camp was scribed. hundreds of families have been living here since june 10th, when the self-declared islamic state and others pushed the army out of the cities. people had a long list of complaints. what they feared the most was never returning home. >> what they want is it go home and restart their lives. >> reporter: reckon silling iraq's communities will not be easy, they are no longer welcome in sunni areas. others are sunni. they can't return. family members work for the army and police. 2 million iraqis moved into the kurdish controlled territories. the kiddize stap regional government -- kurdistan regional government is hosting up to a million displaced since twoe.
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there's 250,000 syrian refugees here. kurdish officials say it's a huge environmentalin. >> the kurdistan regional government fell out with the central government in baghdad, it no longer gets its share of the budget. it's not just mum yip. the massive -- money. the massive influx raise security issues for kurds who consider the islamic state an enemy. >> they are controlling this area. we could be targeted by them. >> we are following a procedure. >> reporter: those measures angered many here. >> we can't go to erbell tore the hospital there. we -- erbil or the hospital there. we are not allowed to move. those that don't have a kurd to sponsor them are not allowed in the centers. many of the displaced feel discriminated against. it is a sensitive time in iraq,
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and the political divide created more barriers than the people that struggled to five. >> antonio is spbd to visit 300,000 refugees living in camp. >> president obama will sit with leaders in central america. on the agenda is the flood of unaccompanied minors entering the united states. as president obama prarms for the high -- prepares for the high profile gathering, dozens are heading back home. most come from honduras, guatemala and el salvador. the u.s. is urging their governments to stop children coming in and the u.s. will take steps to send them back. >> it's been an eyesore and an economic boom for a tiny island most had not hard of since 2012. >> not only psychologically. this matter affected our way of life over the past 30 months. >> saying chow to the "costa
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concordia." we visit the island of giglio, and why some are sad to see the vessel go, and the creative way others want it to live on together. >> wildfire sweeping across the pacific north-west. we take you to a town that was almost entirely destroyed. >> israel's invasion of gaza continues tonight. >> we have been hearing a lot of tank shelling coming from where we are, here. >> every single one of these buildings shook violently. >> for continuing coverage of the israeli / palestinian conflict, stay with al jazeera america, your global news leader.
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washington state. more than 100 were destroyed in a massive wildfire and the entire up to was forced to evacuate this week. no injuries have been report. after wreaking havoc on its neighbours, a super typhoon slammed into vietnam. most heeded a call to stay indoors. a day earlier 2,000 were evacuated to safe zone. for the latest we turn to meteorologist deepwater horizon for more. >> it has weakened but causing big problems as it is classified as a typhoon. winds are well over 100 miles per hour, moving across southern areas of china. here is what we are dealing with. at one time the storm had winds of over 150 miles per hour. you can see we are seeing a
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little less of that orange colouring, indicating that the cloud taps are warming. less conviction and thunderstorm activity. we are dealing with a lot of rain fall from the system. let's look at video of the typhoon. you can see rain fall and rain heavy with the system. we are seeing it move pretty swiftly off to the north and west. more scenes like this can be expected across the general vicinity. as you see now, it's moving to the north-west around 17 miles per hour. it's moving quickly, but with winds of up to 150 miles per hour. you can expect strong wind gusts. now, unfortunately we are not dealing with that. on its heels, off to the heat of the philippines, we have the next storm. we could be talking about our next typhoon. with the system, it's not expected to track westward across the philippines, but more
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to the north and west. and that is expected to take it across the northern side of the philippines and on into china. a strong system to keep our eyes on. we are dealing with stormy weather. lots of moisture streaking into the ohio valley. north eastern n england on the high side. we use the rain in the north-west. we'll see some, but inland it's dry. the winds killing up the smoke. we are going to have problems with air quality and fire risk. >> our thoughts with the families that lost their homes. thank you so much. a truck loaded with flammable liquid crashes into a bus killing 38 people in china. the truck rear-nded the bus on a busy highway, taking firefighters five hours to stop the flames and police are investigating the accident. >> two years after it capsized
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killing 32 people, the "costa concordia" is on its final journey. it's destined for the scrap heap. >> reporter: battered, broken and bolted together by tops of steel to make her see worthy, the "costa concordia" is preparing for her final voyage. so, too, is the tiny island where she came to be so tragically 2.5 years ago. >> what is so striking when you come to giglio is not how big the "costa concordia" is, or how broken it is, it's how it's embedded in the island story. in january 2012, the mayor of giglio found himself coordinating a rescue operation after the crews liner collided with rocks. 32 people died on the cold winter's night. since then the island has been transformed. >> translation: not only
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psychologically, the matter has affected our way of life over the past 30 months and affected our economy and way of living here. winters were beautiful and silent. today they are busy. the soul of the island changed. >> it's crystal clear waters brought the tourists to giglio. intrigue has attracted many, many more. biglio's restaurants and hotels have been bolstered too, by hundreds of salvage workers who made the island its home, until the "costa concordia" leaves. some want the local legacy of the shipwreck to be more than the dollars pumped into the economy. frank is collecting signatures calling for part of the structure to be left and turned into a dive site. today the platforms give new life to the area of the sea which was destroyed.
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removing them would be the true damage to the environment. >> what happened here has the potential to destroy giglio. when the ship leaves there'll be mixed feelings. a new chapter will begin. the island will never forget what the "costa concordia" brought to its shores. >> the "costa concordia" will be toed on monday, and the trip to genoa is expected to take five days. ukrainians in the united states are remembering the hundreds of lives lost in a malaysia airlines tragedy. they held a candlelight vigil on the streets of philadelphia, where many of those gathered are calling for accountability. some left flowers on the ben franklin motor way. >> live reports from washington, london and moscow. that is a look at the gaza sky
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>> the government is prepared to carry out mass array... >> if you want free press in the new democracy, let the journalists live. israel's ground invasion of gaza intensifies, while innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire. >> this should snap everybody's heads to attention. and make sure that we don't have time for propaganda or games. >> president obama - and other world leaders talking tough on russia. >> good morning to you. welcome to al jazeera america. thank you for joining us, life
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from new york city. >> first off we are following two stories infolding this morning. we begin with the ongoing situation in gaza. israeli troops continue the ground invasion saying they are looking for hamas letters and the tunnels they used to transport them. hamas fires into israel as blaring sirens warn of the incoming missiles. with the fighting come a human toll. more than 330 palestinians have been killed. most innocent women and children. logistically it may be difficult to get that into gaza. nicole john ston has the latest. >> reporter: israeli troops are
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near the border and inside. lighting up the sky why flares. the tanks are firing shells. you can hear it. houses have been hit. people have been killed in their homes. at an emergency meeting of the craigses security council. the palestinian ambassador called on the world to intervene. >> crimes against humanity are being committed by israel against the palestinian people. >> reporter: israel says it's protecting itself. >> there's no country in the world that would tolerate an assault on their citizens. israel should not be expected to either. >> and the u.s. took both sides. >> no family - palestinian or israeli - should have to live in fear of being unsafe in their own homes. >> the u.s. president reafirearmed support for his rail.
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>> no nation should accept rockets fired into its borders are or terrorists tunnelling into its territory. >> reporter: palestinians were being killed and injured in their homes, houses pounded by tank shells and artillery fire. the israeli army released a video showing tunnels in gaza used by fighters to attack israel. the military warned the ground offensive would be expanded. >> we have gone up a notch. taking to to ground mobilization. >> hamas and others are firing rockets, attacking israeli soldiers. >> we are fully prepared for a long-lasting battle. the enemy witnessed the tip of the iceberg. >> israeli air strikes are also continuing. here a building housing media offices was hit. on friday the dead included a
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70-year-old woman, a baby and children. more families fled from their homes, looking for smorp safe to go -- somewhere safe to go. there are not many options in a place where the borders are closed. >> right now we are showing you a live picture of the israeli gaza border, where you are watching a massive israeli tank build up on the border. you can see a dozen cars with trucks loaded. that's where we find nick shiffrin. the u.n. is putting out an appeal for $66 million. we saw the tanks lined up on the border. talk about the humanitarian aspect of the crisis. >> yes, according to the u.n., this is a humanitarian crisis, if it's not already.
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the focus is on the north-east. there was a massive air strike. the u.n. says the area of gaza, 100,000, 150,000 residents is being bombarded by the israelis, and the residents asked by israel to flee. they feel they have no choice. many of them - you may hear the sound of two rockets flying to the left from gaza into israel. quite a few rockets, four or five. the u.n. appeal is important. they say if they don't get more money by tomorrow. they'd run out of mattresses, food, water. all, many are fear and need help, basic requirements like mattresses. we talked to families that left so quickly. they are staying in u.n. schools, sometimes 200 square foot rooms. the u.n. says it needs the
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66 million to continue to help these families increasingly desperate. >> talk to me a minute about the logistics of all this. israel has been targetting a network of tunnels, saying it matched the point of them going in. how effective has it been to destabilizing iraq. has it worked. is ril said they attacked 13 tunnels. it's a higher number than we have seen in the past. it is a relatively new tactic that the fighters are using, creating tunnels not so much under gaza city, but to get into israel. this mopping there was an -- morning there was an attempt to infiltrate. a group of 12 or 13 of them entered israel, they emerged
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from a tunnel and encountered an israeli force. they engaged. there has been three israeli soldiers injured since last night, and one of those palestinian fighters was killed by israelis. there's ongoing squirmishes on the border. looking at it from a larger point of view, that is what israel is focussing on. if, in fact, they are able to do that, or they want to do it in full, it's not a short operation nor is it an operation that the israelis can stay within a few miles of. given the build up that we are seeing on the border, can we pull that up again. it sounds like a diplomat uk solution is all but off the
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tail. is that the feeling there? we have loft the nick schifrin, joining us from gaza. hours ahead of the invasion, israel claimed it stopped an invasion by hamas. it's those tunnels that the troops are targetting. hamas released a video claiming that it shows soldiers marching through them. we are in israel this morning. i understand you recently learned of another death of an israeli citizen, can you explain that to us a bit? >> sorry, can you repeat the question, i couldn't hear you clearly? >> i said i under that you recently learnt of another death of an israeli citizen, can you explain it to us a bit?
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>> sorry, i'm having a hard time hearing you, but i'll tell you about where we are. 2-3km from the israel gaza border. we have seen a lot of military movements across this area in the south throughout the day and since yesterday tank and tank carriers, and spoking to people that live in the areas. israeli citizens. many have been evacuated from the board areas because of the ground operation and have been told to go to other places like bomb shelters or stay with family. you can see that there was a lot of israeli support for the ground operation because people here say that they want to see an end to the rocket attacks by palestinian fighters in gaza. and because this operation has gone on for so many days and they haven't seen results, and the fighters in gads e are -- gaza are able to fire rockets.
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there's a lot of support for the grounds operation. but - and we are hearing from army officials that this operation could take several days, and could last as long as needed in order to destroy the network of tunnels under ground that nick was talking about. >> all right. nisreen el-shamayleh, joining us live from israel. thank you so much for being with us. stay with al jazeera america for the latest on the conflict in gaza. coming up we'll have a closer look at the international pressure on both sides to end the fighting. turning to the other top story, the downing of malaysia airlines flight 17. yesterday protesters were blocked by pro-russian rebels. they blocked vehicles but allowed them to walk on to the scene. they questioned russia's role. and say there's no way the rebels acquired a buk missile
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system on their own. scott heidler is in ukraine this morning. >> when we came from a 2-hour drive to here, we saw lighter presence of the checkpoints, i don't know in they say that's why it's easier for the independent inspectors to come in. there's a safety area, but not a corridor. forensic doctors have to come to the location. if it's safe here, that's one thing. if it's safe to get here - that's a bigger issue. we have been here for a couple of hours, and far in the distance we hear fighting going ongoing. this is still a battle zone. there may be a safety zone around this location, but there's a battle zone. the distinct sound of systems, ongoing, where the battle is, we don't know, it's an active
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battle area. to here, what has changed here. we have more markers for more bodies. any bodies we have seen are not covered. we are this a part where the biggest chunks of the plane came down. earth scorched, it smells of fuel and you can see the first time we have seen it, and that is a memorial to 298 people that lost their leaves. we spoke to the women that picked the flowers and put them on the wing and she said she did that because there are 80 children on the aircraft. they perished and she has grandchildren of the same age. they felt the need to put a memorial on the wing. this area on friday was cordoned off by separatist fighters. we are seeing less of that. there's a rural road going through.
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and the public buses are back running up and down. when you look at from a forensic, investigative stand point. this is not a cordoned off seen, it's a contaminated scope. >> it was called a wake up call for europe and the rest of the world. and is vowing to find out who shot the plane down. the president has suspicions that pro-russian separatists shot other aircrafts. >> they are heavily armed and trained. that's not an incident. it is happening because of russian support. we are joined love from the nation's capital. john, good morning to you. thank you for being with us. obama says that russia is to blame for exacerbating the conflict in ukraine, and possibly the airline crash itself. how does the white house plan to push moscow to end the conflict.
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>> that's right. good morning to you. when you talk about keeping up pressure on moscow, leading to the downing of mh17, there's a number of tools available. chief along them is diplomatic pressure plied to the city and united nations and new york. the most tangible sign is economic sanctions. we saw more economic sanctions plied on wednesday, before the crash happened, and the aim of trying to end the conflict in ukraine in mind. they were carefully targeted against the big banks and energy companies. it's about the distribution of energy and privately owned defense companies. on the spoch on wednesday, the president emphasised the need for personals and determination as key factors to bring this to a conclusion.
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no quick solution according to the president. he is bullish that something will come right in the end through patience and determine nation. >> is this challenge difficult when you have russian officials there, calling on the president to stop lecturing. >> the relation sh between this city -- relationship between this city and moscow is complex. they agree on some things, disagree slointly on -- violently on others. the president said none of the challenges lend themselves to quick and easy solutions and they require american leadership. that is why he's upbeat when he peaks about this. the key point coming out of the white house is they are looking for a diplomatic solution, that's what they want, what they are pushing for and working goodnight the scenes for.
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>> if we talk about sanctions, is it enough? >> it's the key tool in the armory. you shouldn't rule out the possibility of there being sanctions in the future. the president talked about that. there may be more sanctions, but they'll have to be targeted, because the president is aware that russia is a key mare in the demoeble -- player in the global economy, trying to recover after the meltdown in 2008. >> john terrett joining us live from russia. >> thank you for being with us. let's bring in phil ittner, live in london. good morning to you. 10 british citizens died in the malaysian airliner crash. what is the rehabilitation there in london. >> well here in london the initial shock is drifting into anger. we have seen a lot of newspaper headlines this morning clearly pointing the finger at vladimir
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putin. following a meeting with his emergency security cabinet, prime minister david cameron urged for there to be an international and a transparent investigation into what happened. let's listen to what he had to say. >> what is absolutely necessary is for all governments to cooperate in every way they can to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure the site can be vetted and the bodies of loved ones can be properly recovered. all governments, the russian and ukranian government must do all that they can in what happened in this dreadful loss of life. >> there are - those observers on the ground over there are the o.s.c.e. observers. organization for security cooperation in europe. they were observers monitoring the conflict in the region, they are not crash experts or
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aviation experts. all the international monitors sent to the ukraine, they are stuck in kiev at this hour. there is an international consternation, frustration trying to get in people who can gather evidence and get an understanding of what happened there. also, of course, trying to get the bodies back. >> do we expect more sanctions from the u.k., as it tries to match the united states response? >> well, the u.k. is not as reliant on russia in terms of its trade, its energy and all the rest of it. as other european nations are. there's also been strong words coming out of the prime minister's office saying that while they can't cata gore igly say it looked like russian separatists, it looked like them firing a missile. the rhetoric is more stringent,
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but we are hearing from the european union, the member states, and non too happy with vladimir putin. >> phil ittner joige us live from london. thank you for being with us. one man is believed to be directly connected to the tragedy. the leader of the pro-russian most. a look at how he rose to power and why he's known by a different name in his home town. >> what if the cure or aids was on the plain. really, we don't know. about 100 passengers on the flight headed to an aids conference in australia, some the top researchers in the world. we go back to the coverage of the invasion of gaza. coming up international pressure on the israeli president binyamin netanyahu. buildings shook violently. >> for continuing coverage of the israeli / palestinian conflict, stay with al jazeera america, your global news leader. @
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looking live along the u.s. rail gaza border where there's a build up of tank as israeli troops launch a full-scale invasion of gaza. welcome back to al jazeera america. live from new york, i'm morgan radford. more on gaza in a few minutes.
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first, questions about the clash of malaysia airlines flight 17. for example, if, in fact, it was shot by pro-russian separatists, everyone will want to know who gave the order. paul beban tells us about one man believed to run the show. >> reporter: he's mysterious and fear some. igor, is believed to be a former russian intelligence ate with a resume of -- agent, with a resume of working and fighting in the shadows. he is commanding the pro-russian rebels in ukraine. >> he has a prolific and long career as someone accepting in a lot of wars and campaigns for pan russian causes. >> he once lived in moscow where
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his neighbours now him as a polite mild-mannered man. analysts say the buttoned down personae was a front for a complicated character. >> he is an historical figure, wrote a series of battlefield diaries for a far right wing russian newspaper. in some sense he's a romantic nationalistic figure. >> reporter: a little more than half an hour after malaysia airlines flight 17 plunged into a wheat field. links to the plane crash appeared on vk, a russian media site. there was a message:. >> the site belonged to igor. the post was delighted. there are questions about its authenticity. it has intensified the focus on a man many say is the experienced and ruthless
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undercover operative, orchestrating and the experience social for break-inning down flight -- bringing down flight 17. u.s. military satellites have been focussed on the russian-ukranian bored. one is providing key information about what happened to flight 17. david shuster reports. >> reporter: according to u.s. intelligence officials the evidence that the jetliner was shot by a missile came from satellites orbiting 22,000 piles above the earth. equipped to detect heat directions like explosions it recorded a plume from the area of russian-backed separatists and 30 seconds last a blast as the missile hit the plane. as reports showed images likes that, u.s. analysts reviewed
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imagery of equipment nearby capable of an attack. russian-backed separatists made no secret this they possessed the buk missile system. they showeded them off to reporters a few weeks ago. it's mounted phone a turret, launched from a vehicle with high-tech electronics. the missile is 18 field long, with a range of 20 miles and distance and 46,000 feet. the warhead travels at the speed of sound. to bolster the date. ukranian intelligence released this video showing a buk mice ail system. this was recorded near the
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russian border. russia denied it had anything to do with the jetliner disaster, and the pentagon noted the complexity of the missile system. >> strange that they could do this without some measure of support and assistance. for the data linking the trial datists, there's no clear indication of motive. based on intelligence the mice ail operators thought they were firing at a military plane, not a jet liner. pressure is mounting on vladimir putin to rain in the rebels in ukraine. rory challands is live in moscow. vladimir putin called for a ceasefire. does he have the power to convince the rebels to lay down the rebels or are they out of his control? >> it's a good question. there are three different
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interpretations i suppose you can have on a situation that has been going on. the one interpretation is the one that is put forward by the u.s. in the west, which is that essentially what is going on in eastern ukraine, the fighters, the separatists are controlled by moscow. moscow essentially is treating them as puppets. they are doing what the kremlin bid them to do. then you have the russian version of that which is that anyone fighting in eastern ukraine is doing so for a patriotic cause the creme line and russian state has nothing to do with it, it's a separatist state, that russians happened to go into and start fighting for. >> then you have the idea that
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maybe moscow set this thing off. and started to formeant the rebellion in the east and now it has lost control of it. and is in a difficult position of it being faced with a catastrophe, the downing of mh17, that is doesn't quite know how to control. >> you mentioned the russian version of things. given the tough rhetoric, can there be a diplomatic solution, and some countries threaten sanctions, but would it be enough to scare vladimir putin? >> well, i think that there probably can be a diplomatic solution to this, but it will be very hard to achieve and take some time. it still is a geopolitical issue fought over here, despite the human tragedy that happened, and geopolitical combat do tend to eventually come down to a netted
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solution. but it will likely take a long time, and there'll be bumps along the way. that is something that i think russia and the west are still trying to achieve, but it will have to be something that is satisfactory for both parties. what is satisfactory for russia is that it ends up with a ukraine that is nonaffiliated, nonaligned, not part of the european union, and is certainly not a member of n.a.t.o. the unrest that is going on in the east serves russia's interests at the moment. in that it keeps kiev off balance, and means that kiev is a weaker political entity. that suits moscow. but at some point it there'll have to be a group of people sitting down around a table working out what is acceptable
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to each of the parties ear. >> rory challands joining us life from moscow. thank you for being with us. >> 12 countries have been impacted by the tragedy, including the united states. next, a lock at the lives unexpectedly cut short. plus our coverage on the invasion of gaza continues this morning. the human toll.
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gaza. stefanie dekker has more. >> reporter: there has been intensifying from tanks across the border throughout the day, especially along the north and east. we came back from a town, baik han on, where we were met with a terrified picture of people running from the direction we were driving in, saying there was a tank coming closer, there were dead bodies up the road. one lady said "i have left my home, where am i supposed to go. where are we supposed to go, saying take me with you. we went to the morgue where we saw a young girl brought in with her mother and father in the morgue they were dead due to a firing across the border. horrific injuries sustained to the mother's head. it's the reality of what is happening, israel launching a campaign against hamas, the
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factions, trying to take at rockets and the tunnel systems what we are seeing is terror in the people here, a rising death toll translating to families ripped apart - mothers losing their children, children losing their parents. people are terrified. people don't know where to go and they don't feel safe. >> sara is a palestinian american journalist and contributor and joins us from washington d c. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. >> first off, binyamin netanyahu said - we choose to begin this operation with the understanding that without the operation the price we will pay can be high. how high a price is he willing to pay. what defines success in a mission like this? >> you know, i think the best gauge of what binyamin netanyahu
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is talking about is what he did a year and a half ago in november of 2012, when he spent nine days bombing gaza by the judged of 1500 missiles and bombs. for that year and a half, as you will read in the magazine, hamas was not responsible for rocket fire into gaza for 18 months. they abided by the ceasefire. it was only after binyamin netanyahu decided on the agreement between the palestinians and israelis, that this fell apart. you have to wonder by the use of force what they hope to accomplish, when you look at the recent history and they were unable to bring the peace he claims for his own people. >> what do you think he was looking for, especially when you mention november 2012. i think binyamin netanyahu is looking to appease the right wing, the rab ied of those in his own government.
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among them the deputy speaker of the knesset. on tuesday he posted a plan for gaza, including - i'm not making this up. you can go to the magazine and look at what he posted on the website, ipp chewing the expulsion of palestinians in gaza. he calls them the enemy population. he has no mercy for 85% of people who are refugees. you have to wonder when binyamin netanyahu is trying to hold together a coalition like that, to what extent he will stop. as a reporter pointed out the people of gaza are being slaughtered. 333 people in 10 days, a little over 10 days, 2,500 injured, and the vast majority civilians and children. >> binyamin netanyahu is talking about targetting underground
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tunnels. i want to go back to november 2012. hamas survived offenses like this. why should this time be any different? >> that's the right question. the other thing to point out is november 2012, when we had the same argument about tunnels, dropping bombs on the border. this time around you wonder why tanks are used. >> why are they? >> i spoke to a u.s. infantry officer, a friend of mine and asked about that, tank shells versus guided missiles. the israelis have to make up their minds. are they doing precision strikes on hamas tarts or are they firing indiscriminately. what you do is you target civilians.
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there's evidence of that. >> do you not believe that israel has a right to defend itself when hamas is firing rockets of its own. >> i believe that israel has the responsibility to live up to its obligations under international law when it is occupying 1.8 million people along a 25 mile strip of land. as a reporter said, when binyamin netanyahu asked people to run for shelter and cover when they were coming in with tanks. we are talking about a territory that is 25 mile long and 7 meals at the widest point. i spoke to a friend living in gaza city, snack dab in the northern half of gaza, meaning when i talk it him i said the fighting is going on at the border, what are you hearing. he said every sen or eight minutes -- seven or eight minutes you hear an
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explosion. when you are in gaza, you are 3.8 miles from the fighting. there's nowhere to run. the facts are plain for everyone to see. the israelis tried to crush hamas, they have not been able to do it. the only thing that works is negotiations. for those that say you don't negotiate with terrorists, you negotiate with enemies. before that is done, we will not have piece for his rail or the palestinians. >> before you go, secretary of state john kerry is expected to go back to the middle east. what leverage does he have, and what would you recommend if you recommend. if you could speak to him, what would you suggest he bring to the table? >> it's hard to see what secretary of state john kerry has by way of leverage. two days ago, the night before last the the u.s. congress passed a resolution
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reafirearming full support of israel. no matter what it does with u.s. arms. if you ask me what leverage does kerry have with the palestinians, as far as the popular sentiment is concerned. little if any. as far as what he could do. the most important point of leverage that the u.s. has is that it's the largest military funder of the israeli military. when you talk about f-16s or tanks, those are all funded with american money. the leverage that kerry has it immense. he can, through words that are slightly more powerful than the ones used in the past. that's an understatement. he can force the israelis hands, making it possible to stop firing, which is the first step towards reaching a ceasefire and a stable peace.
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>> palestinian american journalist joining us from washington this morning. thank you for being with us. >> stay with al jazeera america, for the latest on the conflict in gaza, and back to the other top story, the downing of malaysia airlines flight hh 17. many were headed to an aids conference in australia. organizers feared they lost 100 members, but we yes it's closer to seven. adam may has the story. >> the international aids society expresses profound sadness on receiving news ta colleagues and friends on route to the 28th aids conference in melbourne us were on board the malaysia airlines mh17 flight that crashed over ukraine. >> reporter: grief overcomes a large gathering of aids reigners and advocates. >> this sad and sensitive time,
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the. >> s stands with the -- the is stands with the international family. >> reporter: others say the mood at the conference is sombre. >> people are devastated. it's a terrible blow to the h.i.v. movement. >> there's a good side by h.i.v. activism and there's a nasty and irrational side... >> joep lange among the dead, a former president of the international aids society, instrumental in early h.i.v. moth. >> how big is the loss of dr joep lange. >> dr joep lange was a prince among men, someone that inspired me and was a key colleague and collaborata in returns of opening up access for treatment for people across the globe. >> michael wine stephen, the
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president of the foundation worked closely with joep lange. >> not just joep lange, but other researchers among the dead - how big of a loss is this for the h.i.v. community. >> this work involves criss-crossing the world. i could have been on the plane and my colleagues are in danger zones every day. in the war against aides which is not won, there's hard core people in it, not going to waiver or continue. that sustained will be picked up and dropped by the people in that plan. when dr lang perished as well. >> staffers at the u.n. and world health organisation held a moment of silence for another victim. glenn thomas, the 49-year-old
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quit his job to join the fight against aids. >> his deficienciesster said he died doing what he loved. he'd been to w ho for a decade. he came from the bbc and spend years providing for to the tv depp. >> what troubles many is the unknown. >> what if the cure or aids was on the plane. really, we don't know. there's prominent researchers that have been doing this for a long title. >> a deputy bored member of the ukranian congress committee. i want to start off with something that the chairman of the u.s. rights wrote saying "blaming putin is as correct and pointless as blaming the man that pressed the button that lunched the missile", true or false?
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>> vladimir putin is directly responsible for what happened in ukraine, and the deaths. not only of the airplanes, there were to others in the week, countless others whose lives have been destroyed. this week we see the people of slovyansk, a city, a small town taken over by the terrorists. it had been recently in the last several weeks released by the terrorists. those people are finally putting their lives back together this will be a long process of healing once the terror operation ends. ukranian is determined to end the terrorist occupation. >> speaking of end, what's the end game? >> vladimir putin is a rogue actor. everybody lumps him in with other leaders. he can't be, he's a criminal and kills people every year. he kills journalists.
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you can go down the list. every single member of the committee is dead or in gaol. this is what he does. he kills people. i don't understand why he would feel anything for the people dying on the airplane, it's another loss of life for him. given what you said. what is the u.s.'s role in this. the u.s. role has the biggest army and political will. it will never be on europe. we talked about obama has to wait for europe. he never put the first sanctions. we never wait for europe, it's the u.s. that takes the lead, and they have the hammer to bring down. whether it's supporting people militarily or taking the lead with sectorial sanctions. after the airplane no one has
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put new sanctions in place. there were sanctions by the men's the day before. it doesn't mean there was a rehabilitation to what happened. >> do the actions have real teeth? >> not individual actions. it was increased on wednesday, we need cross the board sanctions. we need the united states to say businesses cannot have transactions with dollars. we can take that off the table. we have done that. whatever international actor is a rogue state or a state that does not act in the best interests of the world community, they can come together with the united states and the league saying this is the way it's going to be. >> i want to make sure i understand you correctly. do you think what happened with the flight is the chickens coming home to roost. do you think if the parliament house stopped russia, do you think it would have prevented the flight from happening. >> absolutely.
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>> is it a by-product of indecisive innocence. >> yes. >> i was in washington and we talked with senators and congress men. people frustrated that nothing happened. no movement. basic supplies to the ukranian army has been promised. an army that is zero. they wept from zero to 100,000 troops on the border. they don't have boots or things that the united states will say we yourself you nonlethal aid. last month 1,000 googles came, or arm your. this country had $100 billion stolen. we are in a financial strap. he need for help from the international community. the west has not done that, especially the united states.
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>> when you went to washington, was your criticism directed at the obama administration. >> absolutely. if sectorial sanctions were put on, we would not be in this situation. >> executive board member. thank you for being with us. >> stay with al jazeera with the latest on the shooting. after wreaking hack okay on its neighbours, a super typhoon slammed into vietnam. most were prepared, heeding a call to stay indoors. a day earlier some 2,000 people were evacuated to safe zones. the typhoon caused flight to be delayed or cancelled. we turn now to eboni deon. >> the storm weakened. it's a typhoon. winds up to 150 memberships. it moves to the north-west.
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117 miles per hour. putting it 150 meals north-east of hanoi. as we look at the satellite imagery, it was once a formidable system. it's strong at this time, but it's weakened and will do so now that it's moving over higher elevations. the mountains will tear it apart. it's packing a punch. there's flooding rain to be expected. here is a look at flood water. it washed out bridges. the storm of winds over 150 miles per hour, equivalent to a strong category 4. it was the strongest to hit in china in the last 40 years. more rain and wind is expected. aside from that we are watching the next storm. a trophical storm to the east. it's expected to make its way to the north and west.
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taking it towards taiwan by midweek. >> speaking of wild weather, wildfires are raging out of control in washington state. 100 homes have been destroyed. the latest on the efforts to bring them under control. marking a sombre anniversary in argentina, two decades after the wrs anti-semitic attack in the country.
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good morning to you, welcome back to al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm morgan radford. friday marked the 20 year anniversary of the jewish center bombing in argentina, killing 85, injuring dozens, as daniel schweimler reports, those that instigated the attacks have not been brought to justice. [ siren ] . >> reporter: 9:53 and the siren
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sounds as it does every 18 july to mark the time the bomb exploded. the large jewish community in buenos aires remembers its dead. the 85 killed and more that 300 injured on the attack on the 5 story cultural center in the other of the capital. they are demanding answers still. >> 20 years, and not one day of rest. we are here because we don't want, nor can we allow that after so much type, we will give up our fight. >> argentina accused the lebanese based hezbollah group of carrying out the attack on the orders of the then iranian government. the investigation has been riddled with problems. a former president called the failure to produce results a disgrace. the judge resist removed for irregularities. local police charged with aiding
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the bombers were acquitted. this woman lost her sister and heads a group calling for justice. >> the truth is that it's sad. a shame that 20 years after the attack we don't know anything, we don't know who planted the bomb or the international situation. >> reporter: this, the memorial to the attack two years earlier on the attack in the empassy. argentina and its jewish community has not been the same. >> translation: they check you when you enter a building. there's metal detectors. it challenged our lives forever. the argentina jewish community is split over where the answers lie. the building was reinstructed with stronger security. it's a constant memorial to the
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victims and a testament to a vibrant community, searching for answers and demanding justice 20 years on. pope francis sent a special video message to the world jewish congress, expressing solidarity with the argentine jewish commune ci, calling for justice. there has been an attack at a gas field. rebel fighters are shown walking among dead bodies. the activists say the rebels killed 100 yards and workers during clashes with government forces. al jazeera has not independently verified the act of the attack. iran and six world powers grad to extend talks until november, after both sides acknowledged they would not meet the july 20th deadline. world leaders are trying to get
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iran to curtail its programme in exchange for oozing sanctions. >> residents in washington state say return to what is left of their homes after a wildfire tore though the area. a town was forced to evacuate. no injurius have been reported. let's get a look at the weather with meteorologist eboni deon. >> the wild fires will rage on. there's a little moisture, but not where we need it. we'll have the windows kicking up in advance of the front that will trigger a few showers along the coast at areas. the fires continue, the wind kicking it up, meaning bad air quality. >> thank you so much. tomorrow on al jazeera america. we will have more extensive coverage of the downing of malaysia airlin
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malaysia airlin malaysia airlines flight 17. we monitored israeli troop build-up.
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>> hello, welcome to another news hour from aljazeera. >> removed from the wreckage, bodies are taken from the malaysian airlines crash amid calls for forensic examination. >> while investigators have still not assessed the area, ukraine said it knows who's responsible. >> we know for