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July 17th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

First-hand account of MH17 crash site: Bodies are scattered

(CNN) – The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines MH17 lies scattered across a field in eastern Ukraine, near Donetsk.

"There's a big field ... that all of the debris, the plane, the bodies, the people inside - their things are scattered through," said freelance journalist Noah Sneider, who was at the crash site.

There were 280 passengers and 15 crew on board, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. So far, no survivors have been found.
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July 17th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Hamas not afraid of an Israeli invasion

(CNN) – The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the government said.

The operation follows some of the most intense fighting in the 10 days of bombings and airstrikes between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas has been building up its military capabilities and is not afraid of an Israeli invasion.

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports from Gaza City in the video above.

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July 17th, 2014
05:07 PM ET

Israel launches ground operation into Gaza

Gaza City (CNN) - The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the government said.

The much-anticipated operation follows some of the most intense fighting in the 10 days of bombings and airstrikes between Israel and Hamas.

Palestinian medical and security sources say 240 people have been killed in Gaza, including at least seven children who died Thursday, and about 1,800 injured. Israel says one of its citizens has died.

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July 17th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Souls lost aboard MH17

(CNN) – A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft.

The Boeing 777 carrying 295 people went down near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine as it flew at about 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet) on the way from Amsterdam to Malaysia.

No survivors have been found.

The toll will be difficult for families and loved ones in Malaysia, the Netherlands, and elsewhere to bear.

That someone did it on purpose has serious ramifications, beyond the human tragedy, when it comes to world events.

CNN's Jake Tapper and Jim Sciutto report in the video above.

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