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July 14th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Palestinians struggle to find safety as Israel and Hamas continue attacks

Gaza City (CNN) - One bomb fell on a center for the disabled. Another wiped out 18 members of the same family.

By Monday, the death toll from nearly a week of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza had reached 185 - all of them Palestinians - with at least 1,385 wounded, according to Palestinian health authorities.

The death toll is now higher than the number killed in Gaza during the 2012 war.

'We have nothing'

Over the weekend, Israel dropped leaflets instructing residents to leave northern areas of Gaza, where it planned to carry out strikes. But Hamas, which controls Gaza, told people to stay put.

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July 14th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Hopes of a cease-fire in the Middle East

(CNN) – Egypt called for a cease-fire Monday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, to stop the bloodshed and to project the innocent.

Palestinian groups in Gaza had called on Egypt to intervene and pressure Israel.

"Egypt shall receive guarantees from both sides of their commitment to implement what has been agreed upon, and shall follow up on its implementation and engage with either side in the case of any action that impinges on its stability," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Israeli cabinet called an emergency meeting Monday to consider Egypt's ceasefire proposal.

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January 22nd, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Israel: Arrested 'terror cell' planned U.S. Embassy attack

Jerusalem (CNN) - Israel has broken up an al Qaeda terror cell that planned a coordinated attack that included bombing the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israeli authorities said Wednesday.

Three men - two from Jerusalem and one from the West Bank - have been arrested in connection with the plot that called for a double suicide bombing targeting the embassy and the Jerusalem Convention Center, according to Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency.

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July 4th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Egypt's security forces move against Muslim Brotherhood

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - A day after deposing the nation's first democratically elected president, Egypt's security forces on Thursday moved to arrest leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who had supported his rule and to silence their communications outlets.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told CNN the ousted president, Mohamed Morsy, was initially under house arrest at the presidential Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo and later moved to the Ministry of Defense; the military has not commented on Morsy's whereabouts.

Morsy has refused an offer by the armed forces to leave Egypt for Qatar, Turkey or Yemen, the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported Thursday. The report said that he wouldn't step down voluntarily and that his speech Wednesday - before his ouster - represented a "flagrant challenge to its authority" and a "declaration of confrontation with it."

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