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July 28th, 2014
09:11 PM ET

Explosions, gunfire erupt in Gaza

The fighting between Israel and Hamas is raging on with explosions and intense new fighting in Gaza City.

Gaza says children among dead after refugee camp struck

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for the long-haul telling his citizens to be prepared for a "protracted campaign in Gaza."

Israel says five of its soldiers were killed today, while officials in Gaza say 10 Palestinians, eight of them children, were killed by an explosion at a refugee camp.

Karl Penhaul is in Gaza City with the latest.


Filed under: Hamas • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict
July 25th, 2014
09:42 PM ET

Has Israel-Gaza coverage been fair?

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., expressed his dissatisfaction with CNN's coverage of the shelling of a U.N. shelter in Gaza, where 16 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

Dermer accused the network of omitting reports that Hamas was hiding rockets in schools. Watch the video for the full interview:

We asked the Ambassador to come back on our program to discuss his comments. But, he was not able to appear on the show. OutFront, in Tel Aviv is the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. He's also a CNN Mideast analyst. CNN's Karl Penhaul from Gaza City and Paula Hancocks, she's covered the middle east for CNN for 7 years.


Filed under: Hamas • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • MH17 plane crash • News
July 24th, 2014
09:14 PM ET

Israeli Amb. blames Hamas for shelling of U.N. shelter in Gaza

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after explosions hit a school serving as a U.N. shelter for families escaping the ongoing violence.

U.N. shelter in Gaza hit, 16 dead

It was a place that was supposed to be a safe zone for women and children, but images from the scene of the attack show pools of blood.

It's still unclear who is responsible. The Israeli military says it's investigating and suggests a Hamas rocket could be to blame, while Palestinians call the strike "brutal aggression" from Israel.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer tells her why Hamas is to blame for the attack on the U.N. shelter.


Filed under: Hamas • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
July 23rd, 2014
09:08 PM ET

McCaul: FAA "did the right thing" in banning flights to and from Israel

The United States government is extending its ban on all flights to and from Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv.

Officials say there's still a threat after a rocket launched by Hamas in Gaza struck just a mile away from Ben Gurion Airport.

But the FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

"President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands," Cruz said.

OutFront, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Michael McCaul.


Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
July 22nd, 2014
09:25 PM ET

Hundreds of flights pass over conflict zones daily

The U.S. government is banning all flights to and from Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv.

Their reasoning? On Tuesday, a rocket launched by Hamas in Gaza struck just a mile away from Ben Gurion Airport.

Israel is urging the U.S. to reconsider but the White House says it won't overrule the ban.

This comes just days after a Malaysia jet was shot down mid-air over a war zone in eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers on board were killed.

There are dangerous fly zones all over the world and it might be a surprise to many that passenger jets fly through them daily.

So, why aren't these combat areas off-limits for flights?

CNN's Rene Marsh has this OutFront investigation.


Filed under: Aviation Industry • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
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