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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday July 31st, 2014.
More than 1440 killed, Israeli war on Gaza enters its 25th day, in the meantime clashes in the West Bank continues. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Thursday evening five civilians were killed when Israeli tanks fired shells at a group of residents in Abassan town in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza announced that at least 82 civilians were killed and hundreds more injured on Thursday as Israelis army continued its air, sea, and ground bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Among those killed today were two Palestinian journalists.
With those killed on Thursday, the death toll in Gaza due to the Israeli attacks have reached more than 1440 and at least 7840 injured. The war on costal region started on Tuesday July 8th.
Also on Thursday the Israeli army has issued 16,000 additional mobilization orders to allow troops on the ground to rest, which takes the total number of reservists to 86,000,’ said an army spokeswoman, according to news sources.
The call-up apparently came following a recent announcement by Washington officials that they had agreed to restock Israel’s reportedly ‘dwindling’ supply of ammunition.
In the meantime human rights groups like Oxfam reports that more than 240,000 people have now fled their homes but have nowhere safe to go. With exit through Israel closed under the long-term blockade, and the border with Egypt shut, most people are prevented from escaping the violence.
Conditions in the schools are becoming increasingly desperate, with clean water, food and shelter running perilously low. Oxfam is trucking vital supplies of safe water to 40,000 people sheltering in schools, a church and a mosque.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, Palestinian youth protesting the attack on Gaza continued to clash with invading Israeli troops at a number of communities.
Four protesters were injured on Thursday by Israeli rubber-coated steel bullets at the town of Beit Omer near Hebron city, in southern West Bank. Protests and clashes were reported at a Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus cities.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday July 31st, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.