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Israel launched more than 30 aerial
attacks in Gaza yesterday, killing five Pales-
tinians, and militants fired rockets at Israel
as the conflict entered a second month,
defying international efforts to negotiate
an agreement for an extended ceasefire.
The violence seemed to delay any progress
in talks brokered by Egypt aimed at securing
another truce. Israel had no plans to send
negotiators back to Cairo "as long as the
shooting goes on," an Israeli official said.
Medical officials in Gaza said two Pales-
tinians were killed when their motorcycle
was bombed and the bodies of three others
were found beneath the rubble of one of
three bombed mosques.
Another attack reduced a security complex
belonging to Gaza s dominant Hamas faction
to a huge cloud of smoke, but there were
no casualties. In other attacks, three houses
were bombed, and fighter planes strafed
open areas, medical officials said.
The Israeli military said that since mid-
night it had attacked more than 30 sites.
Gaza militants fired 15 rockets at towns
in Israel s south yesterday, setting off alarm
sirens but causing no damage or injuries,
a military spokeswoman said.
Since the end of a 72-hour truce on Friday,
Gaza militants have fired more than 65 rock-
ets at Israel, military officials said. Two
Israelis were hurt by a mortar attack on Fri-
Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians
on Friday, among them a ten-year-old boy
near a mosque in Gaza City.
Egypt, backed by American and European
mediators, has made no visible progress
toward resuming the ceasefire that had halt-
ed fighting for three days between Israel
and Gaza militants that began on July 8.
Egypt is mediating talks but meeting sep-
arately with each party. Israel and Hamas
deny each other s legitimacy, with Hamas
rejecting Israel s right to exist and Israel
rejecting Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,886
Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel
says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians
have died in the fighting that followed a
surge in Palestinian rocket salvoes into Israel.
At a rally in South Africa, Nobel laureate
Desmond Tutu accused Israel of behaving
like a "barbaric bully" in Gaza.
Israel said ahead of the truce s expiration
on Friday it was ready to agree to an exten-
sion. Hamas did not agree.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said
Israel had rejected most of the group s
demands. The Palestinians want Israel to
agree in principle to lift a Gaza blockade,
release prisoners and permit the opening
of a sea port.
Israel has resisted easing access to Gaza,
suspecting Hamas could restock with
weapons from abroad. (Reuters)
news agencies say the coun-
try s navy claims to have driv-
en away a submarine believed
to be American that entered
Russia s northern waters.
The reports yesterday cited
an unnamed representative of
the navy s general staff as say-
ing the incident occurred last
Thursday in the Barents Sea.
The Barents Sea lies off north-
west Russia and the Russian
navy s Northern Fleet is based
on its shores.
The reports said the fleet
sent several vessels and an
anti-submarine Il-38 aircraft
to drive the submarine away.
MADRID---A Catholic humanitarian
group based in Spain says a nun from
the Congo who was working in Liberia
has died of the Ebola virus.
The San Juan de Dios hospital order
said yesterday that Sister Chantal
Pascaline died "from Ebola in the
Hospital San Jose de Monrovia, de-
spite the care she received from a vol-
Pascaline belonged to the same
order as a Spanish missionary priest
and nun evacuated to Madrid by jet
this week. Both are in stable condition
in a Madrid hospital.
The latest Ebola outbreak is the
largest and longest ever recorded for
the disease and so far has killed at
least 961 people, the UN health
agency said Friday. It emerged in
Guinea in March and has since spread
to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
zo Abe s push
toward Japan s
as the city
sary of the
In his "peace
speech at the
ceremony in Nagasaki s Peace Park, Mayor Tomi-
hisa Taue urged Abe s government to listen to
growing public concerns over Japan s commit-
ment to its pacifist pledge.
As bells rang, thousands of attendants, includ-
ing US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and a
record number of representatives from 51 coun-
tries, offered a minute of silence and prayed for
the victims at 11.02 am, the moment the bomb
was dropped over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
The US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan
in August 1945, prompting Tokyo s World War
II surrender. The first on Hiroshima killed
140,000 people and the Nagasaki bomb killed
The anniversary comes as Japan is divided
over the government s decision to allow its mil-
itary to defend foreign countries and play greater
roles overseas. To achieve that goal, Abe s Cabinet
revised its interpretation of Japan s war-renounc-
Pacifism, enshrined in the constitution, is the
"founding principle" of postwar Japan and
Nagasaki, Taue said.
"However, the rushed debate over collective
self-defense has prompted concern that this
principle is shaking," he said.
Representing the Nagasaki survivors, Miyako
Jodai, 75, said that Abe s government was not
living up to expectations.
Jodai, a retired teacher who was exposed to
radiation just 1.5 miles from ground zero, said
that the defense policy that puts more weight
on military power was "outrageous" and a shift
away from pacifism.
"Please stand by our commitment to peace.
Please do not forget the sufferings of the atomic
bombing survivors," Jodai said at the ceremo-
ny.The number of surviving victims, known as
"hibakusha," was just more than 190,000 this
year across Japan. Their average age is 79. (AP)
Catholic nun dies from Ebola virus in Liberia
More die in Gaza war
Thousands of protesters yesterday marched through Whitehall in central London, to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza
and "justice and freedom" for Palestine. AP PHOTO
on A-bomb day
Russia: Apparent US sub driven from Barents Sea
PROTEST FOR PEACE
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