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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


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