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At least 15 people are killed including United Nations staff.
The Secretary General condemns the attack, but falls short of laying
Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, tells the BBC what it would take for
We want a cease-fire as soon as possible.
An Algerian passenger plane with more than 100 passengers and crew
on board is believed to have crashed in the Sahara desert.
A week since flight MH17 was shot down, the
site in Ukraine is still not secure because of fighting in the area.
And the epic journey from the middle of the Atlantic to Scotland.
We follow the team of St Helena who are competing
Officials in Gaza say 15 people have been killed, more than 200 injured,
after a strike on a school which had been turned into a
It was being used by Gazans forced by
The head of the UN Relief Agency on the ground said it was
the fourth time in four days that Israel had hit a UN compound and UN
So far at least 736 Palestinians have died since the start
During that time, 34 Israelis have been killed - among
The Gaza Strip is 30 miles long and just seven miles wide.
The UN says Israel's military has designated nearly half
of it a "no-go zone" and told residents to leave.
Today's strike on the compound happened in Beit Hanoun.
In a moment, we will hear from one of the Hamas leaders and a spokesman
for the Israeli government, but first our correspondent sent
Angry, distraught and beyond consolation. These women and the
little children had fled the fighting from their homes in
northern Gaza and taking shelter in a UN school. It's too was caught up
in the bloody violence. TRANSLATION: The Israelis hit us in the school.
The dead and wounded were brought here to hospital. 100 are entered.
Many people have been killed. They are children, young children. Then,
while we are filming, an Israeli tank shell explodes just outside the
hospital gates. Once again, that is panic. The front line of the
conflict reaches even hear. Nearby, this school is deserted. As
conflict reaches even hear. Nearby, away, people left their belongings
behind. There are bloodstains and pieces of shrapnel. This was
supposed to be a place of safety. But nowhere in Gaza is safe
nowadays. The school took a direct hit. This is how the same school
that when the BBC visited a few days hit. This is how the same school
ago. It was full of families. Know hit. This is how the same school
to be fired upon. That was a designated emergency shelter. It was
well-known. It is outrageous and shocking. Survivors of the school
explosion now find themselves displaced yet to get on. We find
many here in a corridor in the hospital. They are small fraction of
the tens of thousands left homeless by the ongoing conflict.
What would it take for how Mars to sign onto a cease-fire now?
TRANSLATION: We want a cease-fire as soon as possible. That includes a
listing of the siege on Gaza. I call on the United Nations to go to Gaza
and ask them what they want. I am prepared to accept 100% the answer
of the people in Gaza. What the Americans seem to be working on is a
two stage deal, where there will be a close and the violence will stop.
Then there will be a serious negotiation about how to boost the
garrison economy -- the economy of Gaza. Are you prepared to accept
that? TRANSLATION: Irrespective of the mechanism, we must lift the
siege on Gaza. We have had promises in the past, but nothing was done.
Gaza is a part of the Palestinian land. 1.8 million people live there.
They need to live without a blockade. They need a port and an
airport. The need to open up to the world. This is the biggest prison in
the world. They cannot get medical treatment. Why are the people being
punished? This is a crime. We want an end to this siege. We will accept
clear up clause is about a cease-fire. We are eager that the
bloodshed should stop. You talk of resistance. How can any idea of
resistance justify putting rockets in a school building? TRANSLATION:
This is a lie, frankly. With respect, this is not something which
has come from Israel. This is the UN aid relief agency who are saying
that up to 20 rockets were deposited in a school building inside Gaza.
They are furious. The Secretary-General of the United
Nations has expressed his outrage. He has said those responsible are
turning schools into potential military targets and endangering the
lives of innocent children. TRANSLATION: This is not true.
Rocket launches belong to the resistance. They are underground.
Israel is hitting hospitals, mosques, towers and buildings. It
committed massacre. The world has witnessed another massacre. This is
a butchery in Gaza. The world is sitting idle and it blames how Mars.
-- Hamas. More now on the deaths of
at least 15 people after One of the UN's spokesman in Gaza
said the Israeli military were aware that civilians were sheltering
in the UN run school that was hit. The Israelis were formally passed
the precise coordinates of the school, just as they have the
precise coordinates of all of our installations in Gaza. We have spent
the day trying to arrange a window of opportunity so that civilians,
women and children, men who are not part of the conflict, could be
evacuated. We're joined now from Jerusalem
by the Israeli government Thank you for joining us. Firstly,
the question must be, would you accept or perhaps deny that this
strike was an Israeli strike? Well, to be brutally honest, we don't know
yet. Their investigation is still ongoing. We will get to the bottom
of it. It is a difficult conflict situation. Earlier on Twitter it
said that Hamas rockets were following in that area, so we cannot
rule that out, but we also cannot rule out that it was errant Israeli
fire. Given the degree to which you can talk about precision targeting,
you must surely know where your rockets are following? Yes, but in a
conflict situation the make the -- there might be an exchange of fire.
Original reports are saying that there was an exchange of fire. We
have been urging people to leave. There was a special humanitarian
corridor established to allow people to leave. We have information to
suggest that Hamas forced people to stay. It is possible there was a
situation of some sort of firefight with our forces. It could have been
Israeli fire. It would be a grave mistake and something which we do
not want to see. Robert Turner is saying four Israeli hits on four UN
site in four days. One is bound to come to the suspicion that you know
what you're doing and you know what you're getting. The head of Hamas
was denying that rockets were being placed on these buildings, would you
consider that a legitimate military target if they were using rocket
launchers on those sites? The Secretary-General himself says, when
they put rockets and their war machine inside UN facilities, they
are endangering the lives of innocent civilians. That has to be
condemned. It has been condemned by the Secretary-General and he has
ordered an investigation as to how it is that UN institutions are being
turned into war zones. You would accept those as military targets?
That is not correct. In this situation, we ask people to leave.
It could have been errant fire, we are not sure. We do not target
civilians, I want to be clear on that. There is a public message that
Hamas wants to accuse us of terrible things. If the UN had not itself
said there was Hamas fire falling on that area, I would be accused of
issuing propaganda. But when the UN says there is Hamas fire following
on this area, let's be clear. Points taken. Thank you.
Aviation officials in Algeria say an Air Algeria flight has crashed.
150 people were on board, 50 of them French citizens.
The plane was flying from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso
But the French Government said the plane disappeared from radar
over eastern Mali, in an area to the north of the city of Gao.
Our correspondent Alex Duval Smith joins us from the capital Bamako.
Do we have any clear indication of precisely through this plane is? For
the first time, we have reports of wreckage having been spotted. What
is confusing is that they are coming from different sources and giving
different locations. The president of Mali has called for a minutes
silence. A group of editors were informed that wreckage had been
found near the town of Gao. There are reports that wreckage has been
found much further north. So not possible that it could be the same
explosion. Very far north. So, yes, I think it is beginning to look like
wreckage has been found, it is just that we need to know where the
location is. Thank you. More than 50 French citizens were
on board the Algerian Plane. French jet fighters are helping
to search for the plane. Hugh Schofield joins us now
from Paris. Obviously, traumatic for France,
given the numbers of passengers involved. Do we have a clear idea of
who these people were? Well, we know there were 51 French nationals on
board. there were 51 French nationals on
They could be nationals with relatives from Burkina Faso. They
could be people who are working out there. People on holiday. We really
don't know. Many other people who were not French nationals but were
coming to France as this flight was to connect in Algiers with other
flights on to France. Was here in Paris and in other French cities,
there are psychological units to help and comfort worried families.
Connecting flights were to have arrived this afternoon. Thank you.
The European Union has agreed to increase its sanctions
against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
The EU says it will now hit people and companies that support
Two more military aircraft carrying the remains of victims of
Malaysia Airlines flight 17 have landed in the Netherlands.
The Australian and Dutch planes arrived in Eindhoven.
298 people were killed in last week's crash, 194 of them Dutch.
Meanwhile, it's emerged that the crash site of
Flight MH17 has yet to be secured a week after the plane was shot down.
Tim Willcox is in Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine for us.
A week to the day since the flight was shot out of the sky and still
the crash site has not been sealed. Anyone can walk through there and
wreckage could be tampered with. Growing international concerns about
that. 50 Australian police officers have been dispatched to London, with
they hope an international force can be created.
When we arrived, there were no guards, no workers, the wreckage
still spread from miles. The smell of human remains. These left behind
by emergency workers, civilian volunteers
of human remains. These left behind by emergency and the militia. A
place open to any who passed by. For all the outrage expressed by the
international community, it has seemed powerless to ensure this site
is properly detected or due respect is shown to the remains of the dead.
With the war escalating, it becomes ever more difficult to ensure that
as a credible investigation. Australia has offered to send police
to protect investigators, who are waiting
in government-held territory. And then, at mid-morning,
a sight so familiar in war zones, those who will cross any front line
for the sake of humanity. The International Red Cross
arrived with a clear mission. Our role here is to just,
as I mentioned, to ensure the dignity of
the dead, the dignified management of the dead and the fulfilment
of the rights of the families. But fighting is still going
on nearby. Just 35 kilometres away,
rebels used missiles to bring down All talk of investigations
and recovery efforts must be seen A major challenge for European
observers who have been the most Is anybody in control?
I can't comment on this. It speaks for itself, doesn't it?
It looks like that, doesn't it? In the capital, Donetsk,
where observers are based, Here, looking for help from rebel
officials to escape the fighting. We heard a whistling noise
and then someone said get down, I lay on my child to protect him,
and the blast lifted us In the hands pressed to windows
of buses taking refugees to Russia Tim, as if all this isn't chaotic
enough, the government in Kiev is resigning, what impact will this
have? It will create even more uncertainty. The prime minister
resigned today, there have been scuffles in Parliament, brawls over
the last few weeks and months, but he resigned because he asked the
parliament to approve certain green laws to improve energy supplies to
try and fix this financial mess the country is in, and you wanted extra
funding for the Army, given the fighting in the east of the country.
Parliament refused to do this, the coalition fell apart and it means
that there would have to be a new election. It could be a ploy to get
rid of some of the people in the parliament, the people he does not
ready what on his side, but it is a risk for the country and for the
president also, and it adds to the chaos here. Thank you.
Now a look at some of the days other news.
The Sudanese woman sentenced to death on contested charges
of renouncing Islam has arrived in Rome with her family.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim has since met Pope Francis,
who said her perseverance had been a testimony of her Christian faith.
A Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways, has said bad weather caused
the crash of a domestic flight on Wednesday, despite claims by the
48 people died when the plane crashed
as it tried to land for the second time in heavy rain on the island of
A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for
the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.
Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland violated
the human rights of two Al Qaeda suspects by allowing
the CIA to detain, interrogate and torture them on Polish territory.
The Saudi-born Palestinian and Saudi national, who are now being held
in Guantanamo Bay, will each get 135,000 dollars in compensation.
The Commonwealth Games in the Scottish city
of Glasgow are well underway now, with some 4,000 sportsmen
and women from 71 countries and territories competing.
BBC Sport's Nick Marshall McCormack is in Glasgow, he joins us now,
what are the highlights of day one?
The sunshine is shining for another day in Glasgow and those medals are
glimmering around the neck of those victorious. It started a Strathclyde
park this morning with the women's triathlon and that was won by Jodie
Stimpson. She beat the Canadian athlete. Vicky Holland from England
took bronze. In the men's triathlon, it was the Bramley brothers and
their battle from the 2012 Olympics. It was the Alistair Brownlee and
Jonny Brownlee battle. He beat Johnny who took silver. In the
velodrome, all of the action on Thursday afternoon, it has been loud
and raucous and Anna Mears, the Australian, she broke the
Commonwealth records to take the gold medal. She has won that event
at the last Commonwealth Games. Stefanie Morton from Australia took
silver, Jessica Boenisch from England took the bronze. -- Jessica
varnish. In the women's para sport, Sophie Thornhill took the gold medal
from Scotland. Brandy O'Connor took the bronze model. That is the medal
tally so far today on Thursday, David. The bad news for the
organisers is that Mo Farah, the Olympic and world champion in the
5000 metres and 10,000 metres, he pulled out because of injury. That
was bad news for the organisers who were touting him as one of the big
draws in these games. But there are so many more inspiring stories that
will bring us highlights during these games, including the team from
St Helena, whose journey to get to Glasgow is like no other, as Alex
South reports. Getting from St Helena to Glasgow
isn't simple. We leave the island on the 11th
of July, we get to Cape Town on the 16th and then from there we
fly from Cape Town to Amsterdam, A Royal Mail ship, two flights,
8,500 miles An incredible journey
and one not for the faint of heart. It's the only way to fulfil
the team's Commonwealth Games dream, will not be completed for another
two years. Is this your first trip away from
St Helena? No, I've been away a few times,
two previous games The party of eight did all
they could to stave off the boredom by
making a video documentary, playing games and even having a night out,
or should that be a night in?! Not the best preparation
for a major sporting event, In a few hours time, we will dock in
Cape Town, so we will see you all in Finally, on dry land,
and a typical Scottish welcome It is horrible to think it,
but in less than two week's time, they will have to start that
lengthy journey all over again. The team are now safely inside the
athletes village, it is the sixth time that St Helena have actually
been to the Commonwealth Games and they haven't yet won a medal, but
surely, everyone agrees, after their epic journey,
they definitely deserve one now. One of so many lovely stories to
bring from the Commonwealth Games, but it helps when the host nation
has a moment to savour, what are they got to look forward to? Michael
Jamieson, he is about to dive off the blocks into the water for the
200 meter breaststroke final, he wasn't the fastest in the heats this
morning, and in the semifinals, he was beaten by Ross Murdock, its
compatriots. He is worried about him. Michael Jamieson has been
second to him a few times, and murder occurs been faster. Alan Tate
came third. It is a big night for the Scottish tonight, it would be
raucous and loud. Some breaking news, Hannah Miley from Scotland,
she has won the gold medal in the 400 metres individual medley and she
just came ahead of Amy Wilmott England in that race. Back the
studio. Thank you. That is it from us this evening, the weather coming
up shortly, but from me and the team, goodbye.
Hello, from the heat of the new Forest to the mountains of
Sutherland, temperatures reaching the high 20s once again today. It
will happen again tomorrow. Similar areas with similar temperatures.
Nothing much to shift the pattern at the moment. Low pressure in the
Atlantic will have