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This is BBC World News Today with me, Alice Baxter.
Israel warns it'll continue to destroy tunnels built by Palestinian
militants, with or without any possible cease-fire.
Despite growing international condemnation,
Israel says its military offensive will last for another few days.
In Gaza, the UN says residents are facing a precipice,
with a quarter of the population displaced from their homes.
Before the conflict started, 17,000 people were being housed by the UN.
Today it is 220,000. The organisation say that it is
overwhelmed and reaching breaking point.
After days of frustration, investigators finally reach
the crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine.
From the darkest corners of the internet to your doorstep - how
dealers are using the web to push illegal drugs around the world.
The United States has said civilian casualties in Gaza are too high,
and urged Israel to do more to protect life during its offensive
The Pentagon urged Israel to live up to its own high standards,
while the White House said the shelling of a UN school on
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said the military
will continue to destroy tunnels used by Palestinian militants with
The Gaza conflict began 24 days ago and is now the longest war in Gaza
Israeli Defence Forces say they are just days away from destroying all
of the 32 tunnels that they have identified as being built by Hamas.
59,000 army reservists have now been mobilised.
Earlier, Israel called up an additional 16 thousand to replace
Our World Affairs Correspondent Orla Guerin has been speaking exclusively
to an Israeli air force pilot who's been bombing Gaza.
This is footage Israel is keen to share, an air strike in Gaza being
aborted because children have been spotted. But the UN say that most of
those killed by Israel are innocent civilians.
Today we met one of the air force pilots who flies over Gaza every
day, identifying targets. We cannot show his face. The aircraft used for
these missions have cameras mounted underneath and fly at up to 85,000
feet. Gaza is a very densely populated
area. He shows us in a simulator his birds
eye view of the Touraine. It is a very crowded and many people
have no way to escape. You are attacking hospitals where people are
being treated. At the moment, we are doing
everything possible to ensure that the security and safety of both our
civilians and as much as possible the Palestinians civilians. We have
offered medical aid and field hospital.
Would it not be better if you stopped bombing the civilians?
Israel has always chosen a diplomatic situation.
Some people might ask how you sleep at night.
I sleep very well at night, because I know that what we are doing is
saving lives, the way I see it. Israeli lives? I know how many
attacks I have already called off. Numerous attacks. I know as a fact
that I have saved hundreds of -- dozens of lives.
But the lives lost in Gaza are according to international pressure
on Israel. Today, the Minister said that the offensive will continue.
TRANSLATION: We have neutralised dozens of tunnels and we will
continue the mission with or without a cease-fire. I will not accept any
proposal that will not allow the IDF to complete this task for the safety
of Israel. Near the Gaza border, soldiers rest
and regroup. An extra 16,000 reservists have been caught up. This
teacher has two sons fighting in Gaza and is going to join them.
This is our life. Nobody chooses it, we have to do it. It will be the end
of the story very soon. The army says that it will finish
destroying the attack tunnels within days, but a senior Israeli official
has told the BBC that there is no stopwatch for this operation. The
international community is pleading for a cease-fire, Israel is not
ruling out a much broader offensive if a Hamas attacks don't stop.
The choice ahead now for Israel is withdrawal or hit much harder.
At a meeting today, the UN warned that the population of Gaza is
facing a precipice and called upon the international community
A UN official in the region said his staff just couldn't cope.
So far, 1400 Palestinians have died in the conflict.
And 58 Israelis, all but two of them soldiers The UN estimates
that 425,000 Palestinians have been displaced by the fighting.
Our international correspondent Ian Pannell reports now
on the plight of some of those who have left their homes.
A rescue mission to a small town on the southern fringes of Gaza. A
front line between Israelis and militants. Every time the Red Cross
has tried to get in, they have been shot at. But this week, both sides
agreed to a brief cease-fire. We are just here to escort some
ambulances from the Palestinian society into, and rescue some
wounded people in this town and they have been isolated due to the
fighting drink the last few days. What is the situation that?
We do not know. It is on the border and it is very tense.
The Israelis refuse to let us in, but the team was given the all
clear. This town has been cut off by Israel and, many have died and the
few who could not escape are trapped.
The truce was brief. Unable to stay any longer, the Red Cross pulled
out. They recovered a handful of bodies and three elderly residents
hiding in the town. This woman is 95 years old. Her
family did not know that she was alive until two hours ago. They had
fled the fighting, but she was too old to run away at night, says she
spent five days living with a neighbour.
This 84-year-old man, barely able to stand, he also could not escape.
I cannot describe my feelings. It is horrible. We were living in fear for
five days. We could not contact them for five days, he barely can walk
alone. He can barely make food for himself. It was a nightmare.
We found that woman again today -- the man again today, lying on the
floor of the classroom that he shares with many others.
TRANSLATION: Don't me that life here is better. I want to go home. I was
born in that town, God willing, I will died there.
He was meant to stay in hospital longer, but they did not have the
space due to so many weird people. Before the conflict, there were
17,000 people being -- so many wounded people. Before the conflict,
there were 17,000 people being housed by the UN, now there are many
more thousands. In this school alone, there are more than five
dozen people living and taking shelter here.
-- 500 people. The UN says that few places are safe
any more. Does is beginning to feel near breaking point. Gaza is
beginning to feel. For more on the unfolding
humanitarian crisis in Gaz,a I'm She's the spokesperson
for the International Committee You were in Gaza last week. Tell me
what you saw. A group of seven colleagues from the
International Red Cross, we went into Gaza 12 days ago. The moment
that we went inside the street, there was heavy fighting taking
place. Being able to be in Gaza before, I was quite surprised,
because there was nobody industries, no people walking and there was a
lot of fighting, so then every day, the situation is happening. There is
a high intensity of combat taking place. Now it has a direct impact on
the civilian population. The combat is taking place in the north-east of
the Gaza Strip, as well as in the city of Gaza. The consequences of
this is that 350,000 people today are displaced. They were forced to
leave their houses to try and find a safe place in Gaza. If there is a
safe place. There are 7000 people who are wounded, and over a thousand
who have lost their lives. On the other hand, the infrastructure of
Gaza is going into a critical time now, because the power plant was
severely damaged a couple of days ago, so it was providing 30% of the
electricity in the Gaza Strip. The rest of the electricity was coming
from Israel or Egypt, depending on the alleged combines, where most of
the time they have been damaged or broken. -- of electrical lines. The
International Red Cross, we are working with the Palestinian
Authority 's. The more fighting that is taking place, we are finding that
our job is trying to do our best to evacuate the wounded to take them to
the hospital. That is one of the main activities. The other one is to
repair the infrastructure. The problem is that if we repair and
political line, as we did before, we managed to provide electricity for
800,000 Palestinians, the following day, though, the lines were damaged.
So it is very difficult to work under these circumstances. The
intensity of the combat is affecting the population directly.
This lack of electricity and power and water, as I understand, how was
that directly impacting on your attempts to treat people and to get
appropriate medical equipment into where you need to, such as
ambulances? The whole situation is the
infrastructure is not working. It makes the work of Palestinian
doctors and hospitals and any international humanitarian
organisation who are trying to provide, the work is getting more
and more difficult because of the situation. On the other hand, we
also need to talk about the psychological impact of this
conflict on the lives of thousands of Palestinians. The number of
children who unfortunately have lost their lives. Everyone is working
around the clock. Doctors and nurses. The ambulance drivers.
Everyone is offended by this conflict. So we are requesting --
everyone is affected by this conflict. We are questing that the
Palestinians be able to take the wounded and the ill people to the
hospitals. We are finding that the different forces, that we have seven
ambulances, we need to go to a number of areas because we receive
so many phone calls. We want to go to the neighbourhood to take the
people out and taken to the hospital. Sometimes this task is a
huge challenge for the Palestine Society, because the fighting is
taking place. We need an agreement, we cannot risk the lives of our
people when they are trying to get the wounded out of those districts
where we know that the fighting is very intense.
We will have to leave it there. Thank you for sharing your memories
of having worked in Gaza. The spokesperson for the Red Cross.
Thank you. In eastern Ukraine, international
investigators have reached Fighting between government
and rebel forces had prevented them The investigators are from Australia
and the Netherlands. All 298 people on board died in
the plane crash earlier this month. 193 of them were Dutch,
27 of them were Australian. Dutch policeman Pieter Jaap
Aalbersberg is the head of the Flight 17 Recovery Mission and
explained what the team did today. The The experts have started the
search and today they have not seen anything. Once we get entry will
will -- we will try to search amongst the remains and personal
belongings. It is a positive development, but a
word of caution about how much we can read into it, because it is a
small mission, a reconnaissance mission today. Checking out the
site, some of the wreckage, possibly some of the human remains that are
still in that area of the countryside. But the real work can
only begin when the larger teams of Dutch and Australian police who are
several hours's drive from the main conflict zone, that is when the main
work will begin. First of all, to collect any human remains, victims
on board the flight and their belongings, only once they have done
that will be then investigate the wreckage in that large area of the
country in eastern Ukraine. Despite this positive step, as you call it,
what is the situation regarding the fighting in and around the crash
site and done yet? -- and Donetsk? They can only begin, when the
fighting dies down, possibly when the Ukrainian army takes control of
that site, but we believe that neither the Ukrainian army or the
rebels have control of that area of countryside completely. Donetsk is
the regional capital, it is held by pro-Russian rebels, it is being
shelled by the Ukrainian army, civilians inside the city have died
in the last few days. The fighting has intensified inside that city.
The Ukrainian army seems to have control of that territory around
those two cities, but of course taking either of those two cities
would be a lot harder and, of course, it will probably come at a
much higher human cost for any civilian population left ear, if and
when that happens. Now a look at some
of the days other news. The World Health Organisation is
launching a $100 million plan to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak
in West Africa. The WHO Director General will meet
Presidents of affected West African nations in Guinea on Friday to
outline a coordinated response. 729 people have already been
killed by the Ebola outbreak. Liberia and Sierra Leone have
announced broad emergency measures The European Court of Human Rights
has ruled that Russia must pay shareholders
in the former oil company Yukos It follows a similar court ruling
in The Hague that claimed Russian officials had manipulated the legal
system to bankrupt the company and jail its boss, the Kremlin
critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Moscow has condemned the ruling
as politically motivated. Rescue workers in western India are
still trying to find survivors trapped under mud and debris after a
landslide destroyed a village. At least 30 people have been killed and
up to 200 were buried in Malin, near Like the iceberg,
most of the internet is out There are ways of using it,
and indeed many people do. And some use it to
sell illegal drugs. The BBC has learned that the amount
of illegal drugs listed for sale on the dark net appears to have more
than doubled in less than a year. Vacuum packed with a first-class
stamp, delivery guaranteed. Sam gets his cannabis through the post. He
used to buy it from a dealer on the street, now he simply logs onto the
so-called dark net and peas with untraceable bitcoins. His words are
spoken by an actor. I bought cannabis around every two or three
weeks from a street vendor, it was fairly terrifying. Practicality?
They do not even have to leave my house, I can click a button and it
will come the next day. Safety reasons, I do not have to reveal me
identity at all. No one will know who I am. I feel safe using it.
After months of negotiation we persuaded a dark net drug dealer in
California to talk to us but he would only do it anonymously and
using encrypted e-mail. He said... The FBI calls it the most
sophisticated market on the Internet. Last year the FBI closed
down the best-known drugs market on the Internet. Its founder was
arrested. But that has not stopped its trade. The and buyers use
special browsers and encrypted software. They are anonymous and
hard to trace. Which, for the authorities in the US, makes this
the front line. A sorting office in California, handling over 1 million
letters and parcels a month, each one x-rayed and inspected.
How often are you discovering illegal drugs? Daily. We find
something less it everyday. What they find here shows that it is a
truly global problem. We know that there is a trade in illegal drugs
from the USA to the UK, but Customs officials here say that it also
calls on the other direction. This they seized in the post, it is
synthetic methamphetamine and synthetic cannabis, packaged up and
sent by the Royal Mail. The crime agency says that it works closely
with the Royal Mail. They think that they might be doing online shopping,
they are wrong. They are committing crimes, they are working with
illegal drugs, they are fuelling the illegal drug trade. It may take some
time, they may be difficult to get at, but that does not mean that they
are out of our reach. But it does seem like more people like Sam will
continue to buy the drugs hidden in the dark net.
Now to some extraordinary images from Brazil.
A group of previously undiscovered indigenous people from the Amazon
has come face to face with a settled community of villagers for the first
time in the Brazilian state of Acre, according to authorities.
Experts believe the tribesmen may have left the safety of their tribe
owing to threats posed by illegal loggers or drug traffickers.
This is the moment it is believed an isolated tribe from the Amazon made
its first contact with the outside world. The meeting happened a month
ago. But the video was only released this week by the Brazilian
government. Seven indigenous young men made contact with the settled
community in this state of area Mack, near the border with police.
-- near the state of Acre. The men were filmed and warned not to take
anything for fear that they might fall ill. But they still took tools
and clothes. The group was already carrying objects. It is believed to
be had taken them from other villages. They retreated into the
forest and returned the next day. Coughing and sneezing, they had to
be treated for a cold. By choice, and contacted indigenous groups
don't normally reach out to people outside their trades, that is why
experts say that these men could possibly be looking for help. Some
speculate that team-mate have crossed -- that they might have
crossed the border from Peru under pressure from drug dealers or other
groups. Paris is not known for its wildlife,
but it very soon could be - The gardens of the Louvre Museum
have become infested by rats. And this real-life Ratatouille story
is less than a hit Elegant and scenic, what is not to
like about picture perfect Paris? This year's hot weather has brought
tourists and Parisien 's eight India droves -- Rizzi ins. -- tourist and
Parisiens out in the droves. TRANSLATION: There are a lot of
people who come here for a picnic and they leave leftovers. I think it
attracts them. I do not normally see rats. Real rats are not very good.
No, they are not, and that is why they exterminate us have been
brought in, but the task is proving difficult. There are lots of places
to duck and dive and the rats have been getting a helping hand from
some animal lovers. They have been digging up the poison and even
feeding them water. Some believe that it is the Ratatouille effect,
the story about the rat who wins over Paris with his food. But this
is another matter. They are no MS! Re-manger of --
recap of the main news. The Pentagon has said that the
conflict in Gaza has been killing and wounding to many civilians. The
White House said that Israel's shelling of the United Nations
school sheltering Palestinian civilians was totally indefensible
and an acceptable. Next, the weather, but from me and
the rest of the team, goodbye. Hello. There will be some thundery
showers rumbling around this evening and then it turns a little bit
quieter. One night, followed by another day of sunny spells and
showers, but cloud will gather towards the West. We