The world news daily digest update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 28, 2014 provides coverage of conflicts around the world. As Israel denies allegations of killing Palestinians at a United Nations (U.N.) school, Ukrainian troops move in on the crash site, foiling the international deal. Meanwhile, in Philippines, gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in roadside attack.
Israel Denies Killing Palestinians Hiding at United Nations School
On Thursday, 16 Palestinians were killed when rockets hit a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip. Relatives of those dead and injured blamed Israel for the attack, however the United Nations could not confirm the source of the rockets. As Israel and Hamas discussed the proposals for a new cease-fire on Sunday, Israel denied allegations of the deadly attacks on the school.
Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, has acknowledged that an Israeli mortar did hit the school yard earlier that day, however the courtyard was empty at the time. Black-and-white footage of the attack was provided, and had backed Lerner’s claims. While the video did not include a time stamp, Colonel Lerner said the mortar was shot some time between 2 and 4 p.m. According to the United Nations, the attack took place at 2:55 p.m. Since the conflict begun on July 8, more than 1000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis have been killed,
Ukrainian Troops Move in on Crash Site, Foil Deal
On Sunday, hours after the Malaysian government reached an agreement with the Ukrainian separatists over access to the crash site, the Ukrainian military launched an operation to recapture the debris field. This move once again stalled the international efforts to secure the site. In the past days. the heavy fighting have delayed the collection of the remaining bodies of victims and evidence from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site.
Videos posted online show Ukrainian armoured vehicles near the crash site, with journalists reporting that insurgents are nowhere to be seen. The world tragedy occurred when a Malaysian jetliner Boeing 777 crashed in Ukraine, miles from its border with Russia, killing all 298 people aboard.
Gunmen Attack and Killed 21 Filipinos
Abu Sayyaf militants attacked innocent Filipino civilians who were traveling to celebrate with their families Monday, the end of Ramadan. The brazen road attack killed 21 people, including six children, making it the bloodiest in recent memory by the militant group. The attack wounded at least eleven other civilians..
According to official reports, between 40-50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked the group as they traveled in a pair of vans through a village in Talipao town. The town is located in a predominantly Muslim province of Sulu, where the militants have survived in jungle camps for years. Armed with assault rifles, militants opened fire on the van where some of the dead were recognized as members of the Talipao civilian security force. The force is called Barangay Police Action Team and it has been helping the military fight the Abu Sayyaf militants in the recent months.
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