Israel permits over 14,000 tons of construction materials into Gaza Strip

UN reports over 100,000 Gazans homeless; 354 trucks with 14,000 tons of construction materials permitted into the Gaza Strip Thursday

Shipments into the Gaza Strip

Shipments into the Gaza Strip

Israel’s Defense Ministry gave approval for over 14,000 tons of building and construction materials into the Gaza Strip, the shipments arriving on Thursday.

There is an official ban on the shipment of cement and iron due to Hamas’s active tunnel construction, however the shipments were approved due to damages from Operation Protective Edge.

Over 354 trucks passed through the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The materials are designated for the rebuilding of a reported 100,000 homes that were destroyed during this past summer’s operation against Hamas’s terror tunnels, weapons caches, rocket launching locations and terrorist locations.

According to the United Nations, over 100,000 Gaza residents are reportedly homeless. These reports however come mainly from Hamas and have not been officially confirmed.

From July 8, over 2,900 rockets were fired into Israel and 44 tunnels into Israel destroyed during Operation Protective Edge.

This week reports surfaced confirming that Hamas’s military chief of staff , Mohammed Deif, is in fact alive after an Israeli Air Force strike on his residence in Gaza City. The military leader’s public funeral was staged and intelligence reports confirm that the Dief is actively planning Hamas’s next major attack on Israel with a reported 1,000 active construction workers on Hamas’s renewed tunnel networks.

Israel currently largest aid teams and delegations in Nepal

Over 2,000 Israelis evacuated; 95 tons of medical supplies shipped from Israel; Field hospital built

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Israel’s delegation to Nepal, which includes aid workers, doctors, medics, search and rescue teams, nurses and many other teams has made Israel the largest international aid mission to the region.

Israel has already built a field hospital working with a local hospital since Wednesday, delegations sent on Sunday to the region.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated on the field hospital and provided aid: An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel and a medical staff of 122 doctors, nurses and paramedics will be rapidly established in the city of Kathmandu to provide medical care for disaster casualties…The facility will include pediatric, surgical, internal medicine, neonatal and radiology departments, as well as a maternity ward and emergency and operating rooms.”

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Over 2,000 Israeli tourists in the region were also evacuated.

Hamas chief of staff believed killed last summer confirmed alive

Deif believed to have been killed during Operation Protective Edge; Hamas employs over 1,000 in tunnel reconstruction

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Dief’s “funeral” (EPA)

Hamas’s chief of staff, Mohammed Deif, who was believed to have been killed during this past summer’s Gaza operation, Operation Protective Edge, is alive.

The report, has been confirmed by both Israeli defense forces and Hamas, claims that Deif may have survived an Israeli Air Force airstrike on his Gaza home due to the a failed bomb detonation.

The IDF and IAF worked closely with Israel’s intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, to assistant the Hamas military leader. Three additional Hamas leaders were killed the day following the attack on Deif’s residence in Gaza.

Deif

Deif

A public funeral was held for Deif and two brigade commanders replaced Deif.

Hamas political Chief Ismail Haniyeh stated that, “The Israeli admission of the failed assassination attempt exposes the scale of the Israeli military’s frustration. The admission proves that Israel carried out war crimes that harmed civilians and United Nations facilities.”

The revelation of his survival comes with confirmed reports that Hamas is actively and quickly rebuilding its tunnel networks with a reported 1,000 workers working 6 days a week. Only two months ago footage surfaced of Israeli residents along the Gaza Strip

Two projectiles fired into Israel from Syria

Investigation underway, may have occurred due to infighting within Syria or intentional

Smoke from the projectiles

Smoke from the projectiles

Two projectiles were fired from Syria into Israel on Tuesday afternoon. The projectiles landed in open fields in the Golan Heights with no damages or injuries reported.

The IDF is currently investigating the situation. It is unclear if they event was due to infighting between Assad’s regime and rebel forces within Syria or intentionally fired into Israel.

It is unsure if the projectiles were rockets or mortars.

Several communities were alerted by sirens, residents of Kibbutz Amir, Ein Zivan Kibbutzim Gonen, Lehavot HaBashan, Neot Mordechai, Sde Nehemia and Shamir, Had Nes, Amir, Kanaf, Ma’ale Gamla, Kidmat Tzvi, Katzrin, Sha’al, El Rom, Buq’ata, Majdal Shams, Masada, Neve Ativ, Nimrod and Ein Qiniye.

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Iranian Foreign Minister calls on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons” at UN address

Zarif address Conference; Calls on discard of advances towards nuclear weapons, calls on Israel to “renounce” nuclear weapons

Zarif addressed NPT conference at UN Monday (EPA)

Zarif addressed NPT conference at UN Monday (EPA)

During his address at the United Nations Conference on Global Anti-Nuclear Weapons Treaty, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for states with nuclear programs to discard any further extension of atomic arsenals, nuclear weapons advances and technologies. He additionally called on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons.

Zarif stated on behalf of signatories that they are “deeply concerned by military and security doctrines of the nuclear-weapon states as well as that of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization” and that “We call upon the nuclear-weapon states to immediately cease their plans to further invest in modernizing and extending the life span of their nuclear weapons and related facilities.”

Despite Iran’s advancing its nuclear program and continued denial of doing so to create nuclear arms, he suggested that “Reductions in deployments and in operational status cannot substitute for irreversible cuts in, and the total elimination of, nuclear weapons.”

He stated on Israel, which is not a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, “the only one in the region that has neither joined the NPT nor declared its intention to do so” calling on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons.”

Iran and world powers continue talks and negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, a deadline set for the end of June.

Kerry to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister at UN Conference on Global Anti-Nuclear Weapons

Meeting comes following resumption of talks since last week in Geneva following framework agreement announced on April 2 in Switzerland

Kerry and Zarif (REUTERS)

Kerry and Zarif (REUTERS)

Untied States Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif at the opening of the United Nations Conference on Global Anti-Nuclear Weapons Treaty Monday. They are to hold side talks on talks between world powers and Iran’s negotiations on a permanent nuclear deal.

This will be the second meeting between Kerry and Zarif since the resumption of talks between world powers and Iran following the creation of a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland.

World powers and Iran met for the first time following the announcement of a framework agreement, the dateline for the end of talks delayed again. The talks were reportedly were “making good progress” as world powers continue to create a permanent deal on Iran’s nuclear program and the end of sanctions placed on Iran in return. The deadline for the end of talks on a permanent deal

The presence of Iranian top diplomats is the first since the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the first time top diplomats will address the 190 signatories of the Treaty.