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♪ ebo ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour and i'm at al jazeera headquarters in doha and this is what is coming up, in the next 60 minutes, gaza burns and on fire after some of the most intensive israeli attacks so far. more sorrow, more anger as yet more palestinian children are killed and still no sign of a diplomatic solution. in ukraine fighting again prevents investigators from
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reaching the sites of the malaysia airlines crash. i'll have all the sport including a u.s. judge allows the wife of donald sterling to sell the los angeles clippers for $2 billion but the controversial owner says he will fight the decision. ♪ relentless israeli bombardment of the gaza strip is continuing. the israeli government kept its promise to pumpel them with missiles and shellsen israeli forces destroyed a depot at the station and say it was not a target but hit by a mistake and results can be seen by many kilometers away and large plumes of smoke are covering gaza skyline as you can see and we will go to nicole john'ston to
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gaza and west jerusalem james and first this report from charles stratford. [bomb sounds] flairs and explosions light up a night sky over a terrified population. another blast, more destruction, more death in gaza. the bombardment lasted all night, the most intense bombing of gaza city since the beginning of the war more than three weeks ago. air strikes like this, one of three targeting a building in the port, in the morning light fishermen went to inspect the destruction. it has been a constant bombardment in the area and various others in gaza and early in the morning there was a lull and lasted a half an hour and there were three air strikes, on the building behind me used by the fishermen to keep their equipment in. the streets were virtually empty as we drove around gaza city and the mosque one of the largest in gaza was also targeted.
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firemen finally arrived to put out the blaze. young men tried to retrieve what they can from the smoking rubble. >> translator: i'm collecting the korans and the air strikes happened around 3:00 in the morning. >> reporter: hit and levelled at a similar time. >> translator: we heard an explosion and couldn't leave the house it was so dangerous and we were terrified. >> reporter: red cross head toward smoke rising around the city and various houses the street has also been hit and he came with many of his family as he could. >> translator: we fled thinking it might be safer here, there are many of us, where do we go next? when is this going to end? >> reporter: israeli military warned people to leave their homes in various areas across the gaza strip and will expand its campaign for hunting and destroying hamas tunnels and weapon supplies and that mission it seems is now targeting officials. the home of hamas leader was hit
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but no one was hurt. rockets were fired from gaza into israeli territory too but they were intercepted by the iron dome and fell on empty ground. daylight may have given the chance for people to survey the destruction but as drones circle above and attacks continue few people are taking that risk. charles stratford, al jazeera, gaza. let's go to gaza and speak to nicole john'ston and the heavy sight of bombardment on gaza city, monday night the electricity station now also hit, what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, we were out by the electricity station and ten minutes drive from gaza city and huge black plumes of smoke were pouring off of it and the situation looked pretty much out of control and speaking to the head of the plant in gaza and said they pulled back all their
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teams, it was too dangerous there to have them there, trying to put the fire out, for the moment they can't. he called it a catastrophe and said the gaza palace station is now completely out, unable to supply any electricity to gaza at all. he has no idea when they can get it up and running again. all of their fuel for storing petrol have been destroyed, a couple of tear binds have been damaged by tank shelling over the past few days, a generator hit as well as their administration building had been destroyed as well. so he said this is not the first time it has happened but this is the worst and he was really at a loss to try and workout what to do next. he said it will take months and months to do repairs, to get in everything they need and in the meantime gaza is going to go through a terrible period of less electricity than usual and said it could well be just a couple of hours every two days that people will get it if they
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are lucky. >> and, nicole, the death toll we are getting so far is at 1101 people killed since the war began on gaza and now with this hit on the power station, is this death toll likely to rise? what is the situation there with civilians who are in that area? >> reporter: well, the power station actually is in an area of empty land so it's surrounded by open fields and that is why it had a lot of problems with tank shelling because those israeli tanks are positioned on the eastern border of gaza and they are firing well into those areas. two, three, four kilometers away from the border. so there were no civilians around them. having said that we have had a couple of air strikes in the last hour in the middle of downtown gaza city in the area very close to al jazeera's bureau. no one was killed or injured in that but it caused a great deal
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of panic and goes to show that at the moment in gaza no where is safe, israel tells people to leave certain areas, to move into gaza city and we have seen in the last hour more air strikes in gaza city and had an evening of air strikes and shelling all over gaza city as well. >> all right, nicole thank you and nicole john'ston reporting from gaza and let's look at the impact this has had on people, 1 1101 pal stint y -- palestinian killed and on the other side 53 israeli soldiers and civilians including a ty national has been killed and displaced 180,000 palestinians. diplomatic editor is joining us from west jerusalem and despite those figures, james benjamin netanyahu did speak on monday night and said this operation is going to continue. >> reporter: yes, it seems that
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the israelis are pursuing a military strategy and not clear if they are also prepared to talk about cease fires and a cease fire deal. perhaps we will find out a little bit more on this news hour in the next hour i'll be speaking to bennett who is a member of the security cabinet and put that point to him but the best indication so far is israeli strategy came in late monday night by prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> translator: we must be prepared for a prolonged military operation in gaza. we will continue to act strongly and with responsibility until we complete our mission. we know there are hard days ahead of this, this is a hard and painful day. we have to have patience and be determined to continue the struggle against a murder terror organization which tries to destroy us. >> reporter: there is a bit of
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lack of clarity i should say, james, when it comes to the palestinian authority and whether or not they will be going to cairo along with hamas and islamic jihad officials, what do you know on that? >> reporter: what we can confirm is they are certainly talking about it and there are some pretty advanced preparations for a possible visit to cairo, possibly led by president amood abas and possibly involving it seems they said yes a hamas component to that delegation to go and speak to the egyptians. of course that is just one phrase. they speak to the egyptians, can they then come up with a proposal that can be put to the israelis, that of course is very complex because we know all along the cease fire deals that have been proposed have been rejected by one side or the other. both israel and hamas don't want to go back to the status quo, they want something different
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out of a cease fire deal, israel wants dem ishilitarization. >> back to hamas and how his speech was received by the people in israel. >> reporter: well, the number of israeli soldiers that is slowly rising as you have been reporting, but for now it doesn't seem to have effected israeli public opinion. there is a lot of criticism of israel internationally and will play in decision making and it's a factor and lsz -- also a factor coming from the ally the u.s. but the ultimate decisions i think about this are made for two reasons, one military reasons and two based on what is going on on the ground in israel in terms of the politics and the public opinion and right now the public opinion and the politicians seem to be all
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behind netanyahu and the on going military campaign. >> all right, thank you, our diplomatic editor reporting from west jerusalem and while children do makeup a high percentage of casualties in gaza hundreds have been killed and many more wounded with long-term injuries and this was the hospital on monday where dozens of children were brought here after the playground that they were playing in was hit. witnesses say an israeli drone was responsible. but the israeli army says it was a rocket fired by hamas. meanwhile iran supreme leader has said they committed genicide and called on the islamic world to arm palestinian fighters. >> translator: with the heads of the regime are doing today is genicide, it's a huge catastrophe and the criminals and supporters of criminals must be convicted on the world stage and they must be punished.
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>> in an echo of the cold war washington accuses moscow of breaking a nuclear arms streetty, we will have that story coming up, and also the discovery of a fungus threatening south africa's citrus industry. he could be in hot water after showing support for palestine, that story and much more coming up. ♪ but first investigators are making their third attempt to access the crash site in ukraine where malaysia airlines flight 17 came down, heavy fighting between government soldiers and pro-russian separatist prevented the team from reaching that
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scene. now, the eu is set to impose sanctions on russia for its involvement in the crisis in ukraine and punishing moscow may cause pain in europe and especially the uk and oil giant bp warn sanctions could force up gas prices in the uk because it owns the biggest oil producer and russian money long fueled london's market by buying luxury apartments and buildings and if tough sanctions are imposed it could hit london stock exchange and the two largest lenders are listed there. a former russian minister's wife won the right to play tennis with cameron in exchange for $275,000 donation to his conservative party. in a moment we will be going live to rory who has reaction from moscow but first let's cross over to new barker who is at the eu meeting in brussels
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with the latest. >> reporter: well, for the first time the european union is poised to introduce third level sanctions against russia following the example of united states in targeting the russian economy, its industry and its businesses along with that the european union hinted that high-level energy industry within russia would also be targeted along with its banking systems and its defense sector too. this of course comes after a weekend in which new names have been added to a very long list of companies and individuals now subject to eu sanctions and include the likes of the president of chechnya accused of sending fighters to join the separatists in eastern ukraine and also include leading figures within the russian western security services, the f.s.b.,
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initially that first round of sanctions was aimed at punishing russia for and annexing russia but what we see happening now within the european union, among those e.u. ambassadors meeting this morning is a concerted effort to hit russia primarily within its economy to target industry, to target businesses, as well as key individuals close to vladimir putin's inner circle. >> mr. barker reporting from brussels and let's find out if there is any reaction from russia itself and cross over to rory and speak to him. he is in moscow. >> reporter: well, russia at the moment is just watching and waiting to see what comes out of their meeting in brussels, see what pain it will have to endure
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so we haven't really heard much today from the russian government but yesterday sergei fedorov the foreign minister was briefing journalists. he said that of course there would be a response from russia but there would be no tit for tat and no boomeranging backwards and forward and sanctions and return of sanctions and that sort of thing. essentially the russian government wants to look like it's taking the high moral ground and not stooping to such petty and juvenile measures as i think i see the sanctions that are being stocked up against it. but i think it also realizes that it cannot beat the european union or the u.s. at the game that those two power blocks are choosing to play because its economy just isn't strong enough. however, there has been a poll released today from the center which is an independent polling
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center here asking russians how they feel about the threat of the sanctions, some 60% of them said that they weren't concerned about the effect that sanctions would have. i think that when it comes down to it though and tough sectoral sanctions tend to bite they may change their mind. >> rory reporting from moscow and we are going to cross back to the ukraine now and we are hearing that loud blasts were heard in the eastern city of donsk and that is in the past hour. in the past 24 hours 17 people were killed in fighting there including 3 children and that is where barnabie phillips is on the phone to tell us, and he is in vision, pardon me and tell us what these blasts were. >> reporter: it was incoming artillery and it was pretty loud and pretty scary, relatively
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close to where i'm talking to you now. certainly the loudest explosions that i've heard in the last six days or so. we've had a lot of artillery on the outskirts of the city but this seemed to be much closer. we haven't had any official confirmation on casualty figures nor has either the government forces or the separatist forces blamed each other as has been the pattern when towns and cities in this part of eastern ukraine have been shelled in resent days. but certainly it is the government which is on the offensive and which seems to be tightening the noose around donsk at the moment. >> we understand in the last 24 hours there have been civilian deaths as well as children. >> reporter: yes, that's right. that is in a town 30 kilometers to the north of donsk which is
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still held by the separatists but, again, which the government is pushing hard to take control of. those figures don't surprise me. we are on the edge yesterday and we saw it coming under bombardment from rocket fire. the ukraine army has denied using rocket fire but al jazeera teams on the ground have seen ukraine units with them and it seems that that town is also taking quite a pounding. it would be important strategically for the government to take control of it. it would open up a big highway into the north of donsk and remember the government is already pushing very close on the south and western side of the city. >> all right, barnabie phillips reporting from donsk and thank you. on the sign of how tense relations between russia and the west they accuse them of
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breaking an arms treaty, u.s. says russia tested a cruise missile that can be armed by a nuclear war head, in 1987 reagan and gorbechef agreed to ban them for 5 1/2 thousand kilometers and it investigated the claims and considers this matter closed and james is the head of russia program of international affairs joining us live from london and thanks for being with us, james. so what do you make of this announcement by the united states, the timing rather of this announcement by the u.s., why is it publically accusing russia at this point when this matter has been simmering for years? >> reporter: yes, the timing is coincidental, a little like the reopening of the public inquiry case here in the u.k. just last week and leads us to conclusions
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that the west as sort of a concerted action for a change is beginning to use a variety of tools to combat russia for its flagrant contravention of international standards and not just sanctions because i would disagree with your previous correspondent saying the sanctions would hurt because it's quite hard when russia contributes one-third of the world leading gas and oil producer so the sanctions were not really hurt but variety of admonishments the west is using towards russia right now is unprecedented. >> and this breach that the united states accuses russia of, how serious is it? >> reporter: well, it is nuclear weapons we are talking about and inter media range of nuclear weapons there was a good reason they were ban in the cold war. theoretically this is highly
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significant. perhaps in practice i suspect this is done for more political reasons. but aggregations of international treaties are not new and numb numerous ones they both have been signed up to over the years. >> and of everything that is happening with the ukraine as well, i mean, can this continue to escalate between russia and the united states? >> reporter: yes, it is quite hard to know where the bottom is, isn't it? the extent to how far down can we go. i suspect we are not there yet to be perfectly honest and these sanctions are indeed stage-free sanctions they are called but quasi and they will protect london, paris and berlin. the west realizes rush she uses
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a number of tools in the tool box to get what it wants this ukraine and east, west dividing line and usings military and cyber attacks and bribery and the west decided it also will use a number of methods to try to get russia to change course or a word of warning but vladimir putin is not really a man for turning on this. >> reporter: thank you, james, joining us from london. an influential cousin of a president has been killed by a suicide bomber and he was recently a campaign manager for the presidential candidates and officials say he was hosting an eat holiday celebration at his house when a guest hugged him and detonated hidden explosives. three al jazeera journalists have now spent 213 days in an egypt prison and last month they were given 7 year sentence and
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mohamed received 7 and additional three years because he had a spent bullet in his possession that he picked up at a protest and accused of helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood and al jazeera demands their journalists be freed. military says one of its planes crashed in benghazi and fire at an oil storage facility in tripoli spread and the government needs international help to put it out and people have fled to tunesia and carolyn reports. >> reporter: they have what looks like an impossible job trying to put out a massive fire while rebels fight nearby. the oil is burning out of control is ten kilometers from the capitol, tripoli. 6 million liters of fuel are stored there and afraid it could cause a fireball and injury
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lives and gas stored nearby. it was started by stray rockets from rival malitias. rebels from the cities have been fighting each other for more than three weeks in tripoli and fighting in benghazi and rebels have taken control of the biggest military camp and it's some of the worst violence in three years when they forced gadhafi out of power, at the time u.n. no fly zone was set up with the help of britain and france. now the interim libyan government wants international help and air intervention to put out the fire. a former british ambassador to libya says that is a tough ask. >> if we could help to put out the oil fires perhaps that is something the international community could be doing, i'm not convinced we could do it but if we could we should. more important than that i think that we should be going to the u.n., going to the security council and trying to set up a
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not an intervention, not a military intervention but a mediation process. >> libya experienced 20% drop in oil production because of the resent fighting. people are suffering both because of lack of security and lack of oil. >> translator: people want to go out and shop but they don't have one drop of petrol. >> translator: libya is the world's third largest producer of oil so how is it possible not to have oil? >> reporter: more than 5,000 people have fled the violence in libya by crossing the border into tunesia in the last 24 hours, sources at the main check point say they included libya, foreigners and diplomates and solving issue of fire and fighting is tangled, efforts to put out the blaze had to be stopped on monday because of the ongoing violence and the government is warning of humanitarian and environmental
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disaster. carolyn with al jazeera. breaking news from china, this is according to the associated press news agency who is citing china's official news agency and the communist party launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief, they are investigating for serious violations and they say serious violations of party discipline but no details provided but what we know right now is that he was one to the nine leaders in the ruling inner circle and those members had up until this point been considered off limits for prosecution. so china's communist party says launching an investigation into him. more on that a little later in this news hour. now we will cross over to stef with a weather update with it because there is contrasting weather in europe. >> a heat wave and also some flooding. so let's take a look at the flooding to begin with then because on the satellite picture
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you can see the bright white areas of cloud we have seen and given us the heavy downpours and stretch from the southeast of the u.k. and cross in the low country and here are the latest pictures we have from the netherlands showing the water there and children will enjoy flood water but for the adults it's a very serious situation there with people having to bail out their houses. it's very different to what is going on over the eastern parts of europe. here is what it looks like in moscow at the moment and glorious and sunny and pretty hot. in fact, today we expect temperatures to get up to 32 degrees and it's going to stay hot there over the next couple of days. for the rest of europe we are going to stay with these heavy thunder downpours and some are likely to be severe and severe means they could give flooding and very large hail and damaging winds as well. the most risk area is this orange patch here that is over the central part of germany. that is where we are expecting the majority of the severe
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thunderstorms during the day today. as we head through the next couple days the storms will nudge their way to the east and western parts of europe it's going to bright end up and stay relatively warm as well, around 25 degrees. on the al jazeera news hour flight paths over ukraine are empty as aviation leaders meet to prevent a repeat of the mh-17 disaster and a home-ground malitia in northern iraq prepares for battle with the islamic state group and tax fraud case against mesi returns later in sports. ♪ @
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♪ hello again, you are with the al jazeera news hour and the top story, relentless bombing of the gaza strip destroyed a main power plant and 35 palestinians were killed overnight during israel's military operation, these are the scenes from the streets of gaza, israeli bombing campaign continues and people can still be seen on some of the streets. investigators say fighting between ukraine military and separatists must stop before they can reach the mh-17 crash site. let's cross over to west jerusalem and bring in our editor james base who is there and following the top story and that is the israeli, gaza conflict, james? >> reporter: yes, we have seen some heavy bombing as you've said taking place in gaza city
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overnight. israeli decisions on this are made by the prime minister benjamin netanyahu but you have a coalition system here in israel and surrounded by his key ministers in that security cabinet and we are joined by one member of that security cabinet, bennett who is the economy minister and thank you for joining us and can i start by asking you the u.s. president and u.n. security council and u.n. secretary a calling for immediate cease fire but now we see military escalation on the ground, are you still prepared to discuss a cease fire? >> hamas five times would not cease their fire. again and again israel stopped firing and hamas continued firing rockets into israel. what we need now is to achieve the ultimate goal which is to live side by side peacefully gaza and israel but for that to happen hamas needs to disarm itself from rockets and from tunnels, terror tunnels. >> reporter: you say he is not
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obeying cease fire but the substantial cease fire came from john kerry, the u.s. and ally of israel, why didn't you accept his plan? >> we need to achieve a disarmed hamas and anything else that leaves hamas with weapons means that a week from now or two months from now again israeli citizens will get hundreds or perhaps thousands of rockets on their homes. you know over 2000 rockets were shot by hamas on to israel including in my hometown and this is unacceptable and london you would not accept incurring 2000 missiles nor do we and we are human beings and don't like getting shot at. >> why is israel's campaign goes so wrong? >> it's going well. >> when you say well, 256 children, 96 women, 50 elderly men, you didn't, i hope you didn't aim to kill those people. >> of course not, we did not
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aim, hamas did and they put the missile launchers in schools, quite a few time the u.n. found missile launchers in schools and in hospitals and the most cynical and cowardly way but if we want to stop that do you know how we can do it? do you know who stands behind hamas, it's the owner of your station and they are funding hamas with over a quarter of a billion dollars and funding daily murders of israeli children and gaza children and what we need is for katar to stop funding hamas and isis and al-qaeda and i think the best way to pressure katar is to say if you don't stop we will take your world cup away. stop that. >> when children are dying. >> a world cup in katar would be a prize to terror and we need to stop it and taking about the oe owners of your own station. >> i don't want to talk about football when children are dying. >> katar is behind it. >> they are meeting with the
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turkish foreign minister and john kerry over the weekend, are they part of the solution? >> with one arm you fund terror and the other arm you speak about peace, stop funding terror and you know where he resides the head of hamas he resides in kataar and you don't host it and get it both ways, if you are the world's greatest funder of terrorist you cannot be part of the solution, you are the problem. >> you like many israeli people did your time in the military and you were a major and they have area weapons and shelling from the sea, shelling by land, why are you using indiscriminal it weapons when you have sophisticated pinpoint technology? >> we are doing what someone doesn't do, we have leaflets and text messages warning people in their homes there is a missile launcher and we will get it because it's being shot there and give advanced weren warning
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we lose tackle advantage and pay a heavy price to do it but we do it and i don't recall if uk or afghanistan and i don't recall warning in advance of attack. hamas cynically and so cowardly if i may add places their women and children to protect the missiles while we try and thwart the missiles to protect women and children is the difference. >> if you know there are women and children there and you have sophisticated technology with aircraft and drones why are you unleashing bombs and killing to date 256 children? >> our sole goal is to make this whole thing go away, to stop this conflict, to disarm hamas, you want it to go away and if hamas says he will disarm and stop shooting at us, no more conflict, they started and continue. we are not looking for fighting with gaza. i'll remind you we pulled out of
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gaza nine years ago, back to the 67 lines and the whole world wanted us to do it and we did it, there is not one you have residing in gaza any more yet hamas chose to turn gaza in an fortress of terror. >> you are a father of four and what do you think when you see the pictures of the dead children and it's a horrific number, 256. >> i think it's terrible and i think it's dispicketable that hamas uses its own children. >> they are your bombs killing them. >> we are shooting at hamas, it's hamas using them as human shields and that is a crime. it's a war crime. and it's dispicketable. i remind you the uk, united kingdom in world war ii 20 times more germans were killed in world war ii than america. no one disputes the german was
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wrong. so is hamas. you don't shooting rockets at israel and expect we will just sit back supinely and wait to die. >> you are talking about war crimes, let me quote the top human rights official in the world says there is a strong possibility international humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes and she was talking about israeli actions when she said this. do you worry how history will judge you? you sit in the security cabinet do you think one day you will be judged war criminal? >> i am concerned about that in the sense it's in our hands to keep the jewish faith alives and protect ourselves against hundreds of millions of radical islamics that want to wipe us off the earth including the station that you represent. and history will judge us if we are feeble, if we are not strong enough and not determined to win and beat terror.
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>> economy minister of israel and member of the security cabinet of israel and thank you for talking to us. >> thank you. >> thank you very much, that is our diplomatic editor james speaking to bennett the economy minister from israel. now iraqi kurd officials asked western paris to help in the fight against islamic state group and as we report it's a tough battle that could drag kurdish forces into a wider conflict. >> reporter: heading to the front line, it's a battle kurdish forces cannot lose. yet enemy is the islamic state group and other rebels. and south of kurkook fighters have guaranteed their complex and this is hundreds of meters away. signs of fighting remain.
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>> translator: our mission is to defend and prevent advancement and use precise shells and snipers. >> reporter: the iraqi army abandon weapons and fled after assault by sunni rebels on a number of cities. kurdish troops moved in and took control and that puts them at the forefront of battles with islamic state. the flag of the islamic group raised over a building about 800 meters away from where i am. kurdish forces are engaged in fierce battles with islamic group on a number of fronts, they are over stretched. and he is the commander here and shows me the hot spots in the area under his command. what he says the battle is much wider. >> translator: we have eight different battlefields with the fighters and have 1,000 kilometers of border with the islamic state and syrian border
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to the border with iran, we are ready for them and well trained former army officers and sworn fighters including arab and afghans and chechnya. >> reporter: this is a show of force. fighters from the islamic state are in the streets in the tongue and tens of thousands of fighters well armed and carrying on. kurdish officials say they are armed with modern weapons seized from the iraqi army. back at the kurdish front they are preparing for a long battle. the kurdish region has so far managed to secure itself away from violence and the rest of iraq but now it's being dragged into it, al jazeera. the airline industry is meeting in canada to discuss flying over war zones and mh-17 disaster forced the aviation industry to review some of the air routes and daniel has more.
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>> reporter: the tragedy of mh-17 has focused world attention on war zones in the skies above them and when it was shot down the boeing 777 was in touch with air traffic control just above a no-fly zone that should have protected it from below and why that didn't work and to prevent it happening again is why aviation officials are gathering in montreal. >> it will formalize don't fly in war zones where people are likely to shoot at you. announcer: flight paths are almost entirely clear of commercial traffic and these images show how many airlines are avoiding crossing iraq, syria and other places. airlines themselves have moved to limit risk even if it lengthens routes and extends fuel. 8 million people fly tefrd -- everyday and crashes are very
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low and military weapons are causing concern. he was one of the least well-known agencies recommending to pilots but not air space that belongs to sovereign counties and that will not change but impression of action if for no other reason to assure a publish. >> it took years to get back to the level it was before 9/11 and may see the same thing happening now because people will be scared and they don't know what they are scared about. >> reporter: flying is safer than it ever has been before, despite a resent spade of tragic accidents and the loss of mh-17 but participants in montreal know passengers need more than statistics and assurances to be sure of that, toronto. let's speak to andrew brooks who is an arrow space analyst
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and good to have you with us, andrew and the international aviation organization hosting this in montreal and the intention is to mitigate potential risk to civil aviation arising from conflict zones. what do you understand or are you any clearer on what proposals will actually be discussed there? >> not really. the trouble with this u.n. agency like a lot of u.n. agencies is that it can only do so much. it sort of works with the national government to enhance security. now, there those are vague words and working with the governments and all governments have to agree on what is a war zone, what is a threat zone and so, yes, it would be great if we could come up with a magic answer but politics eventually intrudes. >> these proposals and whatever comes out of this meeting,
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andrew, cannot actually be entorsed, am i correct in saying that? >> yes, that is right. it's cooperative and it's to enhance national security but at the end of the day the people that matter are the national governments and the national air space and they have to agree among themselves, for example, i say what is an area that should be avoided, certain airlines avoided the ukraine since march, others decided to fly over it for good economic reasons. probably now the economics will be put to one side for a bit as people focus on security, but as time goes on people will go back to the shortest route because it's the fastest for people and the cheapest. >> reporter: andrew we will leave it there andrew brooks joining us from london. we are going to cross over to china now and we are going to speak to our correspondent joining us from there and more
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on the breaking news story that we were talking about a little while ago and that is china party saying it's launching investigation into a former domestic security chief, what is the significance of this? >> reporter: this is highly significant, big news that just broke in the last few minutes. but basically joe who was once one of the most powerful men in the country, if not the most powerful man is going to be formally investigated. now, the reason he was so powerful is that he was in charge of the country's vast domestic security apparatus and this meant he basically had files on everyone. but last year he and family members were detained and investigated by communist party officials. they have been held in secret ever since but now the news agency has confirmed, in their words, he is being investigated for serious violations of party
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discipline. now, the important thing is this: if he is convicted, then joe would become the most senior communist party official who was found guilty since the founding of the people's republic of china 65 years ago, that is how big the case is. it sent shock waves across government and corporate bureaucracies because so many officials, so many politicians and businessmen owed they success to his success. >> all right thank you and we are reporting from beijing. and you are with the al jazeera news hour and still to come is all the sports news and move over as jamaica enters another sprinting superstar, the latest from that is coming up. ♪
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only on al jazeera america ♪ hello again, you are with the al jazeera news hour and showing you some live pictures we are getting right now at al jazeera and that is a shot from the neighborhood in the gaza strip. earlier we understand that there were two air strikes there. the refugee camp was hit and that refugee camp is, in fact, the largest in the strip. we know that 103,000 people reside there. so these are the scenes we are getting from gaza where two strikes have hit the refugee camp and more as we get it at al jazeera. we are going to bring in raul to
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bring us up to date on sports. >> we start with basketball and an american judge has go ahead for the proposed $2 billion sale of nbal.a. clippers and the former microsoft steve ballmer was brokered by shelly sterling and estranged wife of donald after his ban of the nba by making racist remarks but he tried to block the sale but means the deal could be completed within to weeks and many senior players including head coach dock rivers threatened to quit if sterling remained owner. >> iant to thank everybody who helped me, my attorneys, they were fabulous, and this is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league and family and all of us and i want to thank you all. and come see the clippers next
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year. >> anybody know steve ballmer knows this guy is an enthusiast enthusiastic person who has done extraordinary things in business and he is excited about the team and excited about being involved in the nba and being a positive contribution to the ownership. >> we are comfortable that if we get a right to appeal this and if the court of appeals says these mistakes as i call them, it will give us a right to appeal and this decision will not stand up. >> reporter: stay with basketball, l.a. lakers appointed byron scott as the new coach and won championships with the 80s as a player and as a coach he was previously in charge of the cleveland cavaliers from 2010-2013. cricket is day three of the test between england and india at
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south hampton with a score of 597 for 7 and india 60-2. meanwhile cricket body icc ban england from wearing wrist bands and it was seen on day two of the test and they ruled players can't wear commitment or clothing that have political messages. south africa won the series of shrelanka in the second test of the series and just about managed to bat out the rain-affected final day and 159 for 8 finish and they took five wickets with the undefeated batsman for south africa. to the games now and there was an absence in the men's 100 meters but jamaica kemar
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bailey-cole won the race in 10 seconds in 100 meters and claimed the first gold metal at senior level. meanwhile took gold in the women 100 meters and setting a new games record of 10.85 seconds. now spanish judge ruled the tax fraud case against messi will still go ahead. the prosecutor had agreed to drop the charges against the barcelona star and father in june but that request has been overturned and messi accused of defrauding the state of $5.5 million and the court decided the argentina forward could have known about and consented to avoiding taxes from his image rights. and champion atletico-madrid
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signed and scored 16 goals and played for france at the world cup and signed munick since the move to chelsea and they asked the football federation to open investigation into alleged racist comments from a presidential candidate, 71-year-old is accused of referring to african players as bananna eaters on an interview on friday and ahead of the league he later apologized saying his improper words had no offensive intent and david called this a dream come true and the 25-year-old impressed at the world cup and reaching the quarter finals and he will compete for a place and also signed 19-year-old chambers from south hampton. >> translator: i would like to
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thank everyone here for trusting in me as a player. i'm extremely happy to be part of such a great team and it's a dream come true and i will approach this with responsibility and give my best. >> the man has a fantastic history of bringing young players and as you see this is an exchange in the world cup and i would like to have the opportunity to follow in their path and be as successful as they are. >> thank you, and south africa's citrus industry is under scrutiny after bacteria was found in a shipment of oranges. >> south africa supply 70% of ur own oranges and grape fruit but a fungus called citrus black spot has been in a shipment to netherlands and affects the appearance but not the taste and eu is worried it could be introduced to europe but growers say it's not possible and
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threats of a ban are really about protection. >> it's definitely to protect domestic industry to a certain extent and i think most countries are doing it at the moment, unfortunately with the economy as it is around the world and security measures being brought and countries are looking after their own domestic industries. >> reporter: the 8,000 growers carry out a new test but growers don't see the point when there is a fundamental difference of opinion. the problem is the eu scientists say europe has the right climate for the fungus to spread if introduced there but scientists reject that and growers believe unless the core issue is resolved the eu will always have an excuse to impose further, stricter measures. the eu may try to protect industries so is south africa and accused country of dumping cheap chicken here and added extra duties. >> we gained jobs on the citrus
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side and the chicken side and the other way around for europe. but i think at the moment politicians are very interventionalists and all countries in the world are understanding that jobs have become a big issue. >> reporter: a major employer in south africa but will not last long if eu rules get tougher. >> putting a huge strain on the whole business. if you consider that black spot control makes up 50% of the costs. >> reporter: but without an alternative market he is happy to play by the rules for now. even though he doesn't agree with them. tonya page, al jazeera, south africa. thanks for watching the al jazeera news hour for our viewers in the united states it's back to your regular programming on al jazeera america for our international viewers sammy is with you in just a moment with much more news on al jazeera, stay with us. ♪
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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. >> smoke and flames as israeli air strikes hits gaza's only power station as benjamin netanyahu promises a long campaign against hamas. >> the white house said moscow broke a nuclear treaty with forbidden weapons russia is accused of developing and testing. >> helping gets v