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#Middle East

# middle-east - Monday 1 September, 2014

"Settlements are illegal" - Ireland joins chorus of condemnation of Israeli land grab

The US and Amnesty International also want Israel to reverse the decision.

# middle-east - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Breakthrough against IS: Iraqi troops reach town of Amerli, ending 2-month siege

It’s the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS militants overran large areas of the country in June.

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided 'great escape'

More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Irish troops were involved in the first evacuation operation.

# middle-east - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Enda off to Brussels for election of new European Council President

The EU leaders will also discuss the Ukraine crisis at the special meeting.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

# middle-east - Thursday 28 August, 2014

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war

The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.

# middle-east - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

"I don't want to live through a fourth war." - Gaza erupts in peace celebrations

A long-term truce was signed today that will see an easing of the blockade on the enclave.

# middle-east - Friday 22 August, 2014

Opinion: 'I ate leaves and grass to stay alive' – Iraqi families pushed from their homes by ISIS

Religious minorities who have been forcefully displaced by Islamic State extremists face an uncertain future.

# middle-east - Thursday 21 August, 2014

ISIS militants holding James Foley captive asked for a ransom of $100m

Foley’s family were in e-mail contact with those holding him.

Debate Room: Was the New York Post's front page photo of James Foley unethical?

We look in more detail at an issue which has caused widespread anger…

# middle-east - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

28 million people in the Middle East need humanitarian aid

Today is World Humanitarian Day and Oxfam Ireland are calling for help.

Gaza truce extended by one day within minutes of deadline

Five-day truce was extended very shortly before last night’s ceasefire deadline to allow further talks aimed at ending the violence.

# middle-east - Monday 18 August, 2014

Israel destroys West Bank homes of three Palestinians suspected of murdering teenagers

The abduction and killing of the three men partly led to the deadly upsurge in violence last month.

# middle-east - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

Five more days of peace: Israel and Hamas agree to extend ceasefire

The previous 72-hour cessation ended at 9pm.

Column: Does celebrity opinion promote or distract from the news?

Many celebrities have weighed in on the recent violence in Gaza; are they opening an important dialogue or just mouthing off about things they don’t understand?

# middle-east - Sunday 10 August, 2014

Opinion: The Syrian Civil War has moved out of the limelight – and towards its endgame

Moderate rebels are being squeezed simultaneously by IS and Assad regime forces.

# middle-east - Saturday 9 August, 2014

No end in sight: Obama warns that new US intervention in Iraq is a "long-term project"

Air strikes began yesterday and don’t look like ending any time soon.

# middle-east - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

British minister quits Cabinet over Gaza

Sayeeda Warsi says she can no longer support the government’s policy in the Middle East.

# middle-east - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Hamas denies knowledge of captured soldier as US votes to fund Israel's Iron Dome

A short lived truce collapsed yesterday with 107 Palestinians killed.

# middle-east - Friday 1 August, 2014

Opinion: 'When bombing gets close my family come to me... they think I can protect them'

As conflict continues in the Gaza strip, a human rights worker describes the terror of living through the bombardment.

# middle-east - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

# middle-east - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives' Iraq This post contains images

Opinion: 'Our children wake up crying in the night... Isis has stolen our lives'

Christian families in Mosul are being given four stark choices: convert to Islam, pay a tax for non-Muslims, leave the city, or have their heads cut off.

# middle-east - Monday 28 July, 2014

Three more children have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza tonight

Eight children were killed earlier when a missile slammed into a public playground at a refugee camp.

# middle-east - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Thousands turn up at demonstrations around Ireland for Gaza

Some protesters held signs critical of Charlie Flanagan’s actions.

# middle-east - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?

It wasn’t the only country….

# middle-east - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Opinion: In the name of 'defence' we are attacking civilians already under Israeli control

The rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli civilians should not be justified. It threatens the lives of men, women and children.

# middle-east - Monday 21 July, 2014

'Stop bombing trapped civilians' - Doctors' plea as five are killed in Gaza hospital

Nine members of the same family were killed in an earlier air-strike.

Joan Burton: Above all else, the Israelis need to stand back from their actions in Gaza

The Tánaiste said that “viable ceasefire” is needed in the Middle East after a weekend of violence.

# middle-east - Sunday 20 July, 2014

Brief Gaza truce ends as fresh Israeli bombing campaign pushes death toll over 400

About 40 people have been killed today as Israel intensifies campaign.

# middle-east - Saturday 19 July, 2014

# middle-east - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Dublin City Council votes for an arms and trade embargo on Israel

The DCC wants the Irish Government to follow suit.

# middle-east - Monday 14 July, 2014

Footage from Gaza: Israel uses 'knock on the roof' bomb warning before destroying home

The technique has been condemned by Amnesty International.

# middle-east - Saturday 12 July, 2014

Palestine campaigners to protest Gaza violence in Dublin rally

‘Operation Protective Edge’, which began on Tuesday, is Israel’s largest military operation against Gaza since 2012.

# middle-east - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill 20 more people in Gaza

The deaths bring to 70 the number of Palestinians killed since Tuesday.

# middle-east - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Irish Government 'equally condemns' attacks from both Israel and Gaza

The death toll in Gaza after two days of Israeli air strikes has climbed to more than 40.

# middle-east - Thursday 3 July, 2014

While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state

Forces on the ground are struggling to break the stalemate with militants.

Riots, tension, and fears of retaliation as killing of Palestinian teenager sparks rioting

“The current spiral of violence, loss and suffering must stop now,” said the head of the Red Cross.

# middle-east - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack

The youth was seen being kidnapped from the Arab half of Jerusalem.

# middle-east - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you'll open the gates of hell

The Middle-East is on high alert after the three missing Israeli teenagers were found dead in the West Bank.