The world news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 14, 2014 covers a wide array of stories from around the globe. A new, five-day truce between Hamas militants and Israel holds, despite a rocky start. Meanwhile, the governor of Iraq’s Sunni ruled province of Anbar has announced the promise of support received from the United States in the fight against the Islamic State, as the Russian aid convoy makes way to Ukraine.
Israel and Gaza Head Into the Fourth Day of Peace
A five-day truce agreement between Hamas militants and Israel appeared to be holding on Thursday after a rocky start, as both sides agreed to give the Egyptian mediators more time to try to end the Gaza war. The truce agreement was breached shortly after midnight when Gaza militants fired eight rockets at South Israel, Israeli fighter planes responded swiftly by targeting terror sites and rocket launchers across the enclave. As no casualties were reported from either side and by dawn the fighting had died down.
This is the first extension of the cease-fire for five days during this conflict, and has raised hopes on both sides that a more long-term resolution can be achieved. Khalil al-Hayya, who is a senior Hamas official returned to Gaza expressing some optimism. He told reporters that while the negotiations had been tough, there is still a high chance of reaching an agreement. The conflict has lasted for over a month, with both sides gaining significant support around the world. Since the conflict begun in July, 1,945 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Iraq to Receive Support From United States
The governor of an Iraqi province of Anbar, Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi, announced that the United States diplomats had promised to provide help to the Sunni ruled region. The announcement came following a meeting between various United States diplomats and military officials, and the Iraqi government. This announcement comes a day after United States President Barack Obama announced the stand-down of U.S. troops in Iraq.
In a telephone interview, Governor Dulaimi outlined the goals and needs of the Kurdish army as they battle the Sunni extremists. From air to technological support, their needs are great and the presence of American troops is expected. Following the capture of Mosul in June, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has controlled a large piece of land the size of Belgium in the region. Last week, ISIS captured Iraq’s largest water dam and threatened to commit mass genocide of the Yazidi sect. This has resulted in the U.S. air strikes on Iraq for the first time since 2011.
Humanitarian Aid Convoy En Route to Russia
As 280 trucks of humanitarian aid traveled from Russia to Ukraine, artillery shells hit the city centre of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk where much of the fighting has been going on for four months. At least one person was killed during the attack. As new riots spark up across the country, the Ukrainian government intensified attacks on much of Eastern Ukraine whose citizens have been frequently referred to as pro-Russian rebels. According to some witnesses, as artillery shells hit the city of Donetsk, citizens rushed for cover.
A Russian convoy of humanitarian aid carrying over 2000 tons of water, food, and other varies necessities is on the way to Eastern Ukraine, despite the threats of more sanctions from Western leaders, many of whom believe the convoy is a cover for an invasion. Moscow has dismissed these claims, calling them absurd.
World Commentary by Ivelina Kunina
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