jazeera slshes >> humanitarian disaster in gaza. hospitals overwhelmed. more than nine members of one family killed in overnight air strikes on rafah. >> hello. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm martine dennis, we are live in doha. also to come - the israeli army confirmed the death of a soldier they claimed to have been captured by hamas. in west africa a different kind of car, the battle to contain the deadly ebola virus.
the fighting in libya intensifies - thousands escape into tunisia. the israeli prime minister says the offensive in gaza will continue until it's achieved all its objectives. those objectives were distroibd as destroying -- described as destroying hamas tonne 'em, and killing -- tunnel, and killing an officer they said was captured by hamas. it's been confirmed that the second lieutenant was killed in action on friday. he's been posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant. >> translation: with great sorrow the family announces that it has accepted the military's decision in determining that hatar was killed during nighting
in rafah. the family thanks all the people of israel and announces that the date of the funeral will be announced later. relaying the request of the family to all of israel and whoever can come and accompany hafa the hero on his final journey. kim vinnell is in west jerusalem and has been following developments. >> the israeli military confirming that it believed the lieutenant was killed in action in gaza on friday. he's been posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant. the israeli military is reporting that it made the decision based on all medical evidence. israeli media is reporting that forensic evidence was involved, was part of the consideration. some israeli analysts are predicting that this could reduce the pressure on prime minister binyamin netanyahu to
keep ground troops in israel. there had been some suggestion that perhaps israeli ground forces were preparing to withdraw from the gaza strip , but in a statement on saturday night, prime minister binyamin netanyahu said that the military would appear for continuing action, according to israel's security needs. after 27 days of fighting the human cost is rising. 64 israeli soldiers have been killed, including lieutenant golding. this is almost five times the number killed when israel invaded gaza in 2008/2009. three civilians have been killed in israel, one of whom was a trinational. the number of casualties in gaza is higher. at least 1,574 palestinians have been killed and at least 12 were
killed in overnight strikes. nine from a family. the u.n. estimates around 80% of these casualties are civilians. more than 9,000 people have been injured, 2,500 of those are children. more than a quarter of a million palestinians are taking refuge in u.n. shelters trying to escape the bombardment. >> the latest bulletin from the military of health in gaza gives the names of the nine members of one family, the family killed in rafah. live to gaza, and to our correspondent there for us. evidence with the family wiped out, fine of them gone - evidence saying that rafah is the target of a sustained israeli offensive. indeed, in fact, i cap confirm in the last half hour or so
there had been air strikes op rafah, we understand people were killed. as soon as we have more information on that we'll bring it to you. it underscores how the violence has not ended throughout the night. there has been a number of air strikes over the gaza strip , particularly in rafah, but we have air stripes in the area, and in gaza city there has been a number of air strikes. there seems to be a different approach or a different tactic used by the israeli army. whereas in the past we have seen a lot of shelling, a lot of artillery shelling. that seems to have really sort of died off a little bit and there's an increase in the use of air strikes. that may be a deliberate tactic. a sign, perhaps, that this ground offensive which is into the second week may be winding down. of course, the israelis saying that that is not the case, as
kim vinnell was saying. again, there seems to be some sort of change in tactic. in saying that, it doesn't make air strikes less deadly. yesterday i was at a mosque in gaza city, one of the largest mosques in the gaza strip . at peak prayer times particulars were offered and it was destroyed. here is the report. >> reporter: through the smoke and ash, a scene of destruction. the mosque stood here for 30 years. in a mart of minutes it was reduced to rubble by eight israeli missiles. people tried to salvage religious texts. most have been burned in the bombard: five times a day this man's call to prayer would be heard over speakers. not any more. >> translation: he raised money
for years to build the mosque. dollar by dollar people donated. we raised 3 million so we had somewhere to pray and a place for people to learn religion. thou the israel -- now the israelis have destroyed it. it's not just the amount. the area has been destroyed. dozens of others have been too. since israel's assault on gaza began, more than 60,000s of worship have been destroyed. once places of refuge, now targets for destruction. hours after the mosques were fired on so, too, the university of gaza. in 2008/2009 bombardment, it was all but ruined. it was open to students. people here are not sure if it will be built again. >> israel has no red lines. everything is targeted -
mosques, hospitals, everything. what was the buildings, what did it do. the israelis should fight the resistance. more often than not, civilian areas are targeted. those who survive are left to pick up the pieces. >> from some of the scenes that you have shown us from your reports. contemplating the task of rebuilding is beyond the pale. tell us a little more about the people who are still in these areas, that have been pretty much flattened. demolished, devastated, and are trying to live their lives and bring up families. >> indeed, it's a serious humanitarian situation, unpredictable. you probably notice my eyes are watering. there seems to be smoke or material in the air. it underscores the suffering of
the people of gaza. as pointed out earlier, 80% of those who lost their lives are civilians. more are people caught in the middle of the fighting, fighting that has gone on for so long. we have been to hospitals which are so completely stretched, they are running out of supplies. we have spoken to doctors and surgeons who told us they have to perform multiple surgeons on multiple people at the same time in corridors, on the floor, wherever they could because of the volumes of people coming in. that's the medical treatment people are receiving. the base needs of people, which is food, water, shelter. these things are in scarce supply. whenever there seems to be a lull in violence, people come out to the streets and brave the streets, going to the market, try to buy food and water but
money is in short supply. it lends to an overwhelming sense that from a humanitarian poif people are in a dire state and want to see the fighting end so they can pick up the pieces of their lives. >> around the world there has been protests against the israeli offensive. several joined the demonstrations. these are pictures from paris, between israel and hamas, and some of these demonstrations in paris turned violent. >> there has been protests in venezuela, arakize. among the participants was venezuela's education minister.
>> in san diego, hundreds protested against thenessive. the foreign ministry said in a statement na the israel-- that the israeli attacks breached law. there has been marches outside the white house. >> reporter: they came by the bus load from as par away as new york and chicago. travelling hundred of miles to send a message. the view among the thousands gathered that israeli use of force in gaza is out of proportion. and compared to the rocket attacks in hamas. >> there has been daily protests outside the white house almost a month ago. this is by far the largest. as public anger over the high number of palestinian casualties
rise. >> there's a genae sidal massacre in gaza. people need to stand up - not just here, but over the world - demanding that human dignity be respected. >> reporter: there's frustration and support for his rail, a position that the -- for israel, and something the president defends. saying israel must do more. >> i think it will be hard to put a ceasefire back together again. if israelis and the international community can't feel confident that hamas can follow through on a ceasefire commitment. >> it's a view these pro-israel supporters tried to inject into the discussion. police escorted them away. a view of the u.s. public at odds with the pro-israel position of the government. >> this is not a muslim issue.
it's a humanitarian issue, and we have to be here and support it. >> i feel like president obama is on the wrong side of the history. we don't have to explain killing women and children is justifiable in any manner. >> it's unclear if anyone is listening. the u.s. congress left for a month-long summer recess and president obama was playing golf on saturday, celebrating his birthday at camp davis, away from the noise from the protests outside the white house. >> more to come at al jazeera, including thailand's military strengthens its gripe over the count -- grip over the country and politics. naza conditions -- n.a.s.a. continues its mission a decade continues its mission a decade after it was launched. ♪
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are the top stories. this is the scene in gaza. it looks quiet, but there has been strikes through to saturday morning. 12 have been killed, nine from one family, and a total number of palestinians killed, up to 27 days now stands at 1,734. an israeli soldier who had been missing has been confirmed dead. the number of troops is 64. the army will continue its offensive for as long as necessary, even after hamas tunnels were destroyed. now to guinea where health officials dealing with the ebola crisis say many sick patients are refusing to go to isolation centers for fear of discrimination in the communities for carrying the virus. there's no cure for the disease which has killed 700. efforts are being made to prevent it from spreading. the government of togo put in
place health screening measures at the airport. a passenger infected with ebola changed planes before going on to nigeria, where he later died. >> in the u.s., a doctor infected with ebola in liberia arrived for treatment at a specialist unit in atlanta. robert ray is at the emory hospital and sent us this report. >> at approximately 11: 20am this saturday, a private chartered jet coming from liberia landed at dobbins air force base outside of atlanta, carrying one of the ebola-infected aid workers. 33 years old, an american from texas got off the plane in his own will, in a hazmat suit and drove to the campus hospital, where he got off the ambulance, walked into this isolation unit
that the c.d.c. and emory built 12 years ago, where he'll be treated over the course of the next few weeks. yesterday a press conference at emory, one of the main doctors explained why this unit is capable of taking these patients in. we have a special containment unit which has about developed with the centers of disease, control and prevention. and together with them, we have developed a unit which can care for a patient with a serious communicable disease. delivering care. >> emory doctors say they'll manage the situation carefully, and have been working with the f.d.a., protocol treatments - not sure what that means, wh it is antibodies or fluids they'll put into the patient.
we'll have to wait to see when they talk to us. the private jet that dropped off the first aid worker has left dobbins air force base in atlanta, headed to main to refuel and headed to liberia to pick up the second aide worker, nancy riball. odds are she'll land in atlanta on monday and be brought to the isolation unit in atlanta. one thing that doctors are stressing is they feel because of the modern health care, that they can help ebola victims better than what is going on in africa. they just don't have the systems in place to treat the patients. more than three-quarters of libya's parliament met in tube rook because -- tib ruk because militias are battling over the
airport. a law-maker has presided and new members had been elected. the last time they met some were kidnapped and parliament beseemed. >> thousands leave the country. they are fleeing to tunisia, and britain announced it will send a navy ship to evacuate u.k. internationals. on friday riots broke out when tunisian officials closed the border. it's been partly reopened, but on the a small number got through. >> reporter: they all look the same - exhausted but relead, as they leave libya and cross into tunisia. this 19-year-old says it's not safe in tripoli. >> the missiles landed next to our house. >> so he packed his bags and
left. >> it's not secure in tripoli. it's chaos, no fuel, oil, electricity. nothing. thousands chose to flee with their families. for some of these people it took days as families tried to use the border crossing. >> the situation is dangerous. you can hear heavy gunshots. we are scared for our lives, so we fled to tunisia. >> after closing the borders for a day, the tunisian governments reopened it on saturday. only partially and for those who have proof that they are passing through tunisia and not planning it stay. government officials say they can't become a shelter. restrictions means thousands
were stranded alongside the border. on saturday a plan was agreed with the egyptian government to start a process of evacuation. a couple of thousand a day will be allowed in. to go straight to the airport for those lucky enough to get through. >> hundreds of thousands of arabs and foreign nationals make their living in foreign-rich libya. if the violence escalates, they are expect to evacuate. and countries like tunisia has concern on how an exodus will affect the economy and security. >> especially since egypt closed its bodders, and for many -- borders, and for many this is the only root out. >> now, thailand's military rulers insist their country is on the path to democracy, follow the creation of a legislative
assembly. the members promising to solve political problems, but the ministers warn of challenging times ahead. we have this report from bangkok. >> thailand's political landmarks largely sat empty since a coup two ponths ago -- months ago, providing an opportunity for a clean-up. those that worked here, are watching from the sidelines. >> i'm jobless, actually. >> parliament, though, is about to return to life. not like it used to be. the army has taken the first steps towards forming a government. the people about to enter the building haven't been demograticily elected. the members have been hand picked by the army, and more than half are current or retired members of the armed forces. >> the man who is expected to be
the interim prime minister is the man who led the coup. beneath them in the assembly there'll be no representatives from the political parties. >> people believe most problems are politically created. to self-the problems we want to be as neutral as possible, and don't want political ties. >> reporter: this is part of what the military says is a roadmap to democracy, culminating in an election towards the end of next year. there is concern about what the end product will look like. >> whether or not the democracy, which will be returned to people, will be democracy. >> at the moment there's no physical sign of resistance to the coup. leaders support the government would not appear on camera. one chose us that they feel like
they have marked. that person was watched by plain-clothed police and military. under marshall law thailand is peaceful. some worry if the army tries to hang on to power too long, things could challenges. >> i think there'll be a lot of challenges. economically, socially and politically for them. and the tide could turn. government house, the office of the prime minister sits vacant, waiting for its next occupant, likely to be an army general. >> 10 years ago n.a.s.a. launched its most ambitious mission yet, to explore the missions of mercury. it is orbiting less than 100km, sending back information. >> it took messenger more than six years to journey and orbit around mercury.
68 million. the scientists figured they could send back at most 2,000 images. now after receiving 10 times the number of pictures. they have a wealth of data where textures ranged from 450 to 900. >> the planet was mapped by topography, with new information september back as recently as a few months ago. inside mercury's craters are deposits of water ice, a finding to those that dream of making human settlement in space a reality. >> this is saying to us that one of the processies that takes place in the solar system can drop water and have it there if we get there. >> the facts learnt about the properties on, below and above
the surface are small pieces of a grand solar system puzzle that the scientists want to solve. >> there's a difference and procession in how the planet's composition is, and how a makes a picture of the formation of the solar system. >> "messenger" will crash into the planet next april. it will take years for the data to be analysed. two more orbiters will carry on the mission to uncover mercury's mysteries. coming up after a short break - how communal violence in sri lanka is affecting the economy in the island nation.
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