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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2014
Tamils protest Sri Lanka's inclusion in Commonwealth at Games opening in Glasgow
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Hundreds of Tamils protested against Sri Lanka's inclusion within the Commonwealth and that the country's president remained as chair, at the opening day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Stating that Sri Lanka was a "shame on the Commonwealth", protesters carried placards condemning the ongoing killing, torture and rape of Tamils in the North-East.

 

The protest took place as the Sri Lankan president's office confirmed that Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be attended the opening ceremony. The presidential spokesperson denied this was due to the protests.


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Tamil Guardian 24 July 2014
Tamils mark Black July in London, call for justice for ongoing genocide
Photograph Amrita Chandradas

Remembering the anti-Tamil pogrom of Black July in 1983, Tamils came together on Wednesday in London, opposite the British prime minister's residence at Downing Street, and called for justice for the victims of the past and ongoing genocide against the Tamil people.

Photograph Amrita Chandradas

Candles were lit in remembrance of the over 3000 Tamils who were killed by Sinhala mobs, backed by the then UNP government and state's security forces, rampaging through the island.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Canadian opposition leader commemorates Black July pogroms

The leader of the NDP, Canada’s main opposition party released a statement commemorating Black July.

Tom Mulcair said his party renewed its commitment “to defend the human rights of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka and press for accountability.”

See full statement below:

“Today, New Democrats’ thoughts are with the Tamil community in Canada and around the world as we commemorate Black July.

"We remember the hundreds of Tamils who were killed and the thousands who were displaced when their homes and businesses were destroyed in Sri Lanka from the violence that ensued from the pogroms targeting Tamils that began on July 23, 1983. The perpetrators and organizers of the violence have never been held accountable for their actions.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
India agrees to investigate aslyum seekers detained in Australian waters
The Indian government has agreed with to access asylum seekers currently detained off the coast of Australia and determine whether they are Tamil refugees from a camp in Puducherry for Tamils that have fled Sri Lanka, reports the Times of India.

The Australian immigration minister on a visit to on a visit to Delhi told the Indian Foreign Minister, that the asylum seekers were from a camp in India and urged the Indian government to investigate.


A senior Indian official earlier told the
Guardian that they were seeking to determine whether any of the asylum seekers detained non the Australian patrol boat had Indian citizenship.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Persecution of Muslims in Sri Lanka a lie – JHU

The JHU, a partner in the ruling UPFA coalition has claimed the charge that Muslims were persecuted in Sri Lanka is a lie, reported Ceylon Today.

JHU leader Omalpe Sobitha was responding to the call by the Dalai Lama for Sri Lanka to stop persecuting Muslims, while speaking at an event commemorating a monk, organised by the Hela Bodhu Saviya (Sinhala Buddhist Strength).

Sobitha also lamented the fact that there was no Buddha Sasana Ministry to propagate Buddhism on the island.
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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Rajapaksa-ally criticises appointment of 'puppets' to presidential commission

The National Freedom Front, a key partner in the Rajapaksa-led UPFA coalition, has called the expansion of the Commission to Inquire into Disappearances to include foreign experts as a ‘mistake’, which could potentially put the president into ‘serious danger’.

NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, demanded that he immediately amend the gazette, which allowed for the international experts to be appointed, as it allowed “external forces to interfere with domestic issues”, Ceylon Today reported.

The minister charged that the entire International Criminal Court system is "biased" and that the three advisors appointed to the commission were 'puppets' of western imperialism, according to Asian Mirror.
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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
EU expresses ‘concern’ over NGOs as restrictions are placed on receiving foreign funds

The European Union, Switzerland and Norway on Wednesday expressed concern about the recent restrictions placed on non-governmental organisations by Sri Lanka, a day after the government published a notice, banning NGOs from receiving foreign funds without prior approval from the finance ministry.

The notice, published in most national newspapers, was addressed to “All government agencies, local institutions, civil society organizations, and the general public” and demanded that “due diligence be observed on the utilisation of funds received from foreign funding agencies, INGOs and any other source”.

The joint statement by the Heads of Missions of the EU and the ambassadors of Switzerland and Norway, said that they “are very concerned about the recent efforts to restrict legitimate public activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka.”
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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Jaya urges Modi to secure release of fishing boats impounded by SL navy

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, urged the Indian Prime Minister on Wednesday, to secure the release of the 43 Indian fishermen, currently detained by the Sri Lankan navy this week, together with 55 impounded fishing boats, the Times of India reported.

In her latest letter to Prime Minister Modi on the continuing detention of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan authorities, she described the impounding of the fishing boats as a "deliberate strategy of the Sri Lankan government to destroy the primary means of livelihood of Indian fishermen."

"I request the Centre to take up this matter with the Sri Lankan government to ensure the immediate release of the impounded fishing boats and gear before they are rendered useless," Jayalalithaa wrote.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Rajapaksa misses Commonwealth Games opening amid protests
The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa skipped the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow today, AFP reported citing the presidential office, as protests against his attendance and chairmanship of the Commonwealth are scheduled to take place.

However, the president's spokesperson, Mohan Samaranayake, later denied that his non-attendance was due to protests.

"No such visit was scheduled," Samaranayake told AFP.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Black July 1983 remembered


Today Eelam Tamils around the world mark thirty-one years from the horrors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, when Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs backed by the then UNP government and state forces.

Armed with electoral rolls, Sinhala mobs targeted Tamil homes and businesses looting and ransacking property. Driven from their homes, particularly in Colombo, over 3000 Tamils were massacred, whilst thousands more were effectively deported by the state to the North-East.

Eye witness reports described mobs chasing Tamils down the street with knives and setting them alight alive. Many hundreds of women were raped. Tamil political prisoners locked up in Welikada jail, deep within the island's south, were also targeted as prison guards allowed Sinhala inmates to slaughter them.

We look back at events through international press coverage at the time:


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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
BBS leader accuses Dalai Lama of acting on 'Islamist extremist propaganda'
The leader of the Buddhist group Bodi Bala Sena (BBS), Tuesday, criticised the Dalai Lama for making a statement against Buddhist extremism in Sri Lanka, reports Colombo Page.

Gnanasara Thero called on the Dalai Lama to refrain from issuing ‘blind statements’ to international media and falling victim to ‘Islamist extremist propaganda’.

Rejecting the Dalai Lama’s status as a world leader of Buddhists, Gnanasara said, "he [Dalai Lama]  is a creation of the West. For them, he is to Buddhists what the Pope is to Catholics, but not for us."

Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to end anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (06 July 2014)
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Girl was raped by Navy men for 11 days – TNA MP

The 11-year old girl, who was raped by navy personnel, said that the men kidnapped her during the day, raped her and released her in the afternoons for 11 days, TNA MP Saravanabhavan told media, after visiting the victim’s parents in Karainagar.

The MP said that the victim revealed that another 9 year old girl was also raped by the sailors, Ceylon Today reported.

Seven members of the navy were brought back to court on Monday, after being released on bail last week. The girl could not identify the attackers during the ID parade on Friday, as the police had brought in the wrong men to be identified in court, the MP charged.

Since the then the victim has identified the location of where the rapes took place to the police, the Uthayan reported.

Navy media spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya however rejected all allegations of navy personnel being involved in the rape and said it was a ploy, brought about by the TNA, to dislodge naval presence in the area.


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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
UNP expresses ‘serious concern’ over government u-turn on presidential commission

The UNP accused the Sri Lankan government of pandering to the international community in performing an u-turn in regards to the domestic commission investigate missing people, and the recent appointment of international experts to provide advice to it.

The opposition party charged that the government previously maintained that the Sri Lankan Army did not commit war crimes and that now the UPFA government seemed to be concurring with the view of the international community that war crimes should be investigated, reported the Colombo Gazette.


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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Survey of Tamil land for military acquisition stopped after protest

The surveying of 800 acres of land, for acquisition by the army, was stopped after protesters disrupted the process.

The land in Vetrilakeni, Jaffna, was going to be surveyed for the 533 Brigade of the Sri Lankan army, but the owners of the land, carrying their deeds, protested against it, together with elected representatives. 

TNA MP Sritharan, Northern Provincial Council minister Ayngaranesan and councillors Pasupathipillai and Paranjothi were present at the protest, alongside local residents and journalists.

SL navy continues surveying Tamil land for appropriation despite protests (14 July 2014)

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
38 Indian fishermen arrested

The Sri Lankan navy arrested 38 fishermen from Tamil Nadu on Monday evening, according to the government news portal.

The navy said that the fishermen, on 8 fishing trawlers, were poaching “well within Sri Lankan waters”, when they were arrested in the seas off Delft and Thalaimannar.


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Government to stop NGOs from receiving foreign funding - Divaina
The Sri Lankan government is to stop certain NGOs from receiving foreign funding, the Sinhala daily Divaina newspaper reports, citing a high ranking government source.

The funding is to be stopped for NGOs deemed to be a risk to national security, the paper added, stating that six NGOs had "received funds to launch campaigns to force the withdrawal of military from the North and bring war crime charges against the security forces."


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Civil Defence Force facility opened by Gotabaya in the Vanni

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared open a new facility for the Civil Defence Force in Manal Aaru, in the Mullaitivu district in the North-East of the island.

Rajapaksa unveiled a commemorative plaque in Sinhala and opened a Buddhist shrine, before planting a sapling of the Bhodi tree, a plant holy to Buddhists.

The new facility will also include a new pre-school and the defence secretary ceremoniously registered the first two children at the school.


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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Compulsory Sinhala lessons for Tamils in North-East

Tamil civil servants will be required to learn Sinhala through a government sponsored programme, which has also been introduced in pre-schools in the North-East, according to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office.

All newly recruited civil servants and former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who completed the military’s controversial rehabilitation programme, will have to attend a training programme conducted by the Rehabilitation Commissioner General's Office and National Language Training Centre.


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 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 24 July 2014
Over 1,700 die in most deadly week of Syrian conflict
Over 1,700 people have been killed over the last week as fighting against the Syrian President’s forces intensified.

At least 700 people are have thought to have died over the past 2 days, in the recent escalation of conflict, reports Al-Jazeera.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Nigeria's Kaduna hit by deadly explosions
The city of Kaduna in Nigeria was hit by two explosions leaving at least 40 people dead, reports the BBC.

The first explosion was targeted at a Islamic cleric Dahiru Bauchi whilst the second was directed at a senior opposition leader, Mugammudu Buhari.

Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, government officials believe that Boko-Haram militants are responsible for the attacks.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
UNHRC agrees to investigate alleged rights violations in Israel offensive on Gaza
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Wednesday, agreed to launch an international inquiry into human rights violations that may have been committed during Israel’s most recent military offensive in Gaza.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, earlier warned that Israel may have committed war crimes in its offensive against Hamas, reports the Guardian.

Speaking at an emergency debate at the UNHRC, Nabi Pillay said,

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes."

Notably, India, who had previously abstained on voting for an international inquiry into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, voted in favour of an inquiry into Israel’s latest offensive.

Israel’s envoy to the UNHRC, disputed Pillay’s comments and accused Hamas of committing war crimes and stated that Israel was defending its citizens.

“There can be no moral symmetry between a terrorist aggressor and a democracy defending itself,” said Eviatar Manor.

The US Secretary State John Kerry said Wednesday that ‘steps forward’ had been taken in his visit to Israel and Palestine after talking with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Independent investigation needed into possible war crimes in Israel-Gaza conflict says Human Rights chief
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay called for an independent investigation into the killing of civilians during the recent escalation of violence in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," she said this morning during a special session at the UN Human Rights Council.

"Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated," she added.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2014
Nigerian President vows to free kidnapped girls and defeat Boko-Haram
The Nigerian President, in a meeting with parents of the girls kidnapped by Boko-Haram, pledged to do everything possible within his government to secure their release.

Goodluck Jonathan met the parents of the kidnapped girls for the first time on Tuesday, reports the BBC.

"Anyone who gives you the impression that we are aloof and that we are not doing what we are supposed to do to get the girls out is not being truthful. Our commitment is not just to get the girls out, it is also to rout Boko Haram completely from Nigeria," said Jonathan.

Boko Haram has offered to free the girls in exchange for the release of its fighters and relatives held by Nigerian security forces.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
EU to impose new sanctions on Russia
The European Union foreign police chief, said Tuesday that the EU is preparing to introduce sanctions on more Russian individuals and organisations to pressure Moscow to end its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine, reports the BBC.

“Those directly or indirectly responsible for bringing down this plane must be held accountable and held to justice,” said Catherine Ashton after a meeting of European Foreign Ministers.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2014
Al-Jazeera offices in Gaza attacked by Israel's military, international flights suspended to Israel
The Gaza offices of Al-Jazeera were targeted by the Israeli army, reports the Guardian on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera staff who were preparing to broadcast live from a balcony in their building experienced gunfire at their building.

“Two very precise shots were fire straight into our building. We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated,” said Stefanie Dekker of Al-Jazeera.

The Jerusalem Post reports that a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said no warning shots had been fired but could not confirm or deny whether there had been indirect damage to the building from firing at nearby military targets.

The number of Palestinians killed rose to over 600 as the Israeli military reported a death toll of 27. Over 100 targets were hit in the area of Shujai’ia in the most intense fighting seen to date.

International flights to Israel were suspended today after rockets fired by Hamas fell near Israel’s major airport.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, today pledged £28 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians

Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Britain will vote to leave EU unless there is reform warns Foreign Sec
Britain will vote to leave the European Union if Brussels refuses to offer substantial reform, the new British Foreign Secretary warned.

Phillip Hammond said that an unreformed Europe cannot work for Britain in the future and must change, reports the Telegraph.

"If there is no change at all in the way Europe is governed, no resolution in the challenge of how the Eurozone can succeed and coexist, that is not a Europe that can work for Britain in the future. I have no doubt that Britain gains enormously from being inside the European single market. The British people will want to look at what is on offer and balance the benefits of being in with the benefits of being out,” said the British Foreign Secretary.
Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Boko Haram captures strategic town of Damboa in Nigeria
The Nigerian Boko Haram militants, today gained control over Damboa, a key town in north-eastern Nigeria, reports the BBC.

A leader of a vigilante force defending the town threat fled on Sunday, told foreign press that Boko Haram’s black flag was now flying on Damboa.

At least 40 people were killed when Boko Haram attacked the town over the weekend.

A military spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said that forces were preparing to be deployed into the area.

The military will not “concede any portion of this country” to Boko Haram he added.


Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
UN accuses South Sudan rebels of breaking ceasefire
The United Nations today accused South Sudanese rebels of violating a ceasefire in an attempt to recapture its former headquarters, reports the BBC.

The rebel spokesperson Lul Juang said they launched an offensive in response to several attempts by government forces to arrest their commander.

“The fall of Nasir now paves the way for military resources to be refocused on Poloich Oil Fields, Maban and Malakal,” he added, outlining the rebels’ future plans.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson denied the city had fallen after clashes between the two sides.

The conflict in South Sudan occurred sparked after the former deputy president Riek Machar was accused of plotting a coup against the president Salva Khir.

Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
Japanese politicians express support for Western Sahara self-determination
Four Japanese senators, a former prime minister of Japan, and several MPs have expressed support for self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, urging a rapid referendum.

In four letters addressed to the Japanese government, the Japanese senators and parliamentarians "expressed solidarity with the people of Western Sahara and all world people who fight for independence, peace, democracy and the social progress, urging Japanese parliamentarians to act "efficiently and concretely" to solve the long-standing conflict of Western Sahara", reported AllAfrica this week.

In a separate letter, the former prime minister of Japan, Ukio Hatoyama, called on his government to support "more strongly" and contribute "concretely" to UN efforts in Western Sahara, and urged "quick implementation" of a self-determination referendum, Sahara Press Service reported.
Tamil Guardian 21 July 2014
UN Security Council calls for ‘immediate cessation’ of hostilities in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned Israel’s ground offensive area as an “atrocious action”, after the bloodiest day since the latest eruption of the conflict two weeks ago brought the death toll amongst Palestinians to 508.

"The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern about the growing number of casualties. The members of the Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities," Rwandan UN ambassador Eugene Gasana told reporters after an emergency meeting of the 15-member council.

The meeting was convened by Jordan, who proposed a draft resolution which called on Israel to withdraw from Gaza, however the Security Council did not discuss the draft.


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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
Current Gaza offensive sees deadliest day

Gaza has seen the deadliest day since clashes erupted again, with 87 people reported killed on Sunday. 13 Israeli soldiers were also killed in fighting with Hamas.

The of Shejaiya saw intense shelling on overnight and a two hour 'humanitarian ceasefire' on Sunday, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, broke down within an hour of commencing, with both sides blaming each other for the collapse.

Women and children were among the dead, along with a Palestinian paramedic and a cameraman, who died when the ambulance they were travelling in was hit, reported AFP.
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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
Ethiopia charges bloggers with terrorism

Nine government-critical bloggers and journalists have been charged with terrorism in Ethiopia after being accused of receiving financial aid and instructions from “terrorist groups”.

The three journalists and six bloggers, all belonging to the social media activist group Zone 9, are accused of working in collusion with the banned US-based opposition group Ginbot 7 and were held without charge since April.
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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
UN Security Council considers resolution on Ukrainian site crash site access
The United Nations security Council is considering a draft resolution to condemn the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane, demand armed groups to allow access to the crash site and call on states in the region to cooperate with an international investigation reports Reuters.

Australia which lost 28 citizens in the crash, Saturday, circulated a first draft the resolution to the 15-member Security Council.

A vote on the resolution is expected as early as Monday.

The US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Friday that Russian involvement in helping fire the missile that downed the plain could not be ruled out.
Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
Pro FARC editor has prison sentence overturned by Colombian courts
The former editor of an activist website linked to Colombia’s separatist militant group, the Farc, last week had an eight year prison sentenced overturned, reports Colombian media.

The ruling against
Joaquin Perez Becerra was overturned by a court in Bogota, which determined there was no evidence found demonstrating Becerra's involvement in the ‘crime of conspiracy.’

Becerra spent two years in prison accused of promoting and building international relationships for the Farc.

The Farc, in recent months, have been in negotiations with the Colombian government, which have resulted in a number of successful agreements between two parties.

Tamil Guardian 20 July 2014
Serious rights violations and potential war crimes committed in Iraq – UN

The UN said in a report that potential war crimes and human rights violations have been committed by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and groups allied to it, causing “untold hardship and suffering” to the population under their control.

The report accuses the Iraqi army of committing human rights violations including summary executions and extrajudicial killings of prisoners and detainees, “which may also amount to war crimes.”

The report also says that ISIS is carrying out “large-scale killings, injuries and destruction and damage of livelihoods and property,” according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, including in “markets, restaurants, shops, cafes, playgrounds, schools, places of worship and other public spaces where civilians gather in large numbers.”
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Tamil Guardian 19 July 2014
Israeli offensive faces increasing criticism as Gaza death toll tops 300, 2 IDF troops killed
International criticism of Israel's offensive increased on Saturday, as Gaza officials reported over 300 Palestinians had been killed since the conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted 12 days ago.

Echoing Turkey's condemnation of Israel's offensive as an act of genocide of the Palestinian people, the Venezuelan government spokesperson said Israel had "initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys."

In Cape Town, the South African government came under increasing pressure to take action on the conflict, with the African National Congress officials urging the government to expel the Israeli ambassador,
Sisa Ngombane.

"We will support our leaders while they take necessary action and recall our ambassador to Israel and expel Israeli's ambassador to South Africa," and ANC youth league official was quoted by News24 as saying.

Calling on Israel to conduct its offensive "in a way that minimises civilian casualties", the US President Barack Obama told journalists at the White House "the US and our friends and allies are deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life", reported the BBC.

Saturday saw widespread protests in capital cities worldwide against Israel's actions in Gaza. In London thousands marched in support of Palestine on Saturday, chanting "Israel is a terrorist state", the Telegraph reported.

In Turkey, tens of thousands of protesters have been gathering outside the Israeli embassy calling for an end of the Gaza occupation. Responding to the protests, Israel said on Friday it would reduce its diplomatic presence in the country, and has warned its citizens against traveling there, reports Reuters.

In Paris, protesters clashed with police, after French authorities banned anti-Israel protests following attacks against synagogues last weekend. Riot police fired tear gas as protesters defied the ban and took to the streets. See here and here.

Meanwhile the fighting continued, with two Israeli soldiers being killed by Hamas fighters who, the New York Times reports, used a secret network of tunnels to enter Israel and attack, before driving away.

Amid the increasing violence, the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is set to meet with Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Sunday, in order to discuss a further truce, AFP reports.

On Thursday, both sides observed a five hour humanitarian truce, however fighting resumed immediately, with Israel launching a ground offensive into Gaza on Friday. 

A
ceasefire agreement proposed by Egypt earlier this week collapsed after it was rejected by Hamas' military wing, which stated the key demands of the Palestinian people were not addressed. Israel had accepted the proposals.

Violence between the two sides has escalated
despite a call from the UN Security Council for a ceasefire.

The recent episode of violence in the Middle-East began after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and found dead. Israel launched air strikes over Gaza, accused Hamas of carrying out the crime. Hamas has denied this accusation. In a suspected revenge attack, a Palestinian teenager was burnt alive by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Editorial
Significance of Aluthgama
Silences between the shouts
Inducing fear
  Opinion
Review: 'This Land Belongs to the Army'
'Sri Lanka’s Scapegoat for its Own Terror'
‘Australia’s dangerously close relationship with Sri Lanka’
  Feature
Black July 1983 remembered
US should push prosecution of individuals in Sri Lanka - Congressional Caucus hears
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict concludes with declaration
  Culture & Community
Tamil Eelam defeats Darfur United
Sápmi defeats Tamil Eelam in closely contested match
Heavy defeat for Tamil Eelam against current world champions Kurdistan



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