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israel ignores the u.n.'s request for a truce. 18 die in a single strike in the home of gaza's police chief. ♪ ♪ hello, i am jane dutton and you are watching al jazerra. also on the program, gunmen storm an apartment complex in baghdad killing almost 30 women. thailand is accused of abusing hundreds of thousands of foreign workers by a u.s. government report. and another world cup humiliation for brazil t could get a lot worse for the hosts if
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argentina beat germany in tonight's final. the deadliest single strike ins israel began its offensive against gaza six days ago has killed at least 18 people. gaza's police chief was the target. he is in a critical condition. most of the dead are members of his family. the u.n. has called for a ceasefire but israel is threatening more strikes calling on residents in north gaza to evacuate. dominick kane reports. >> reporter: this is the immediate aftermath of the attack. this rubble was once of house of gaza's police chief. he survived the assault, and believed to be in a critical condition. but many members of his family were killed. in the chaos, rescuers used the combination of heavy machinery and their bare hands to try to get inside. officials in the gaza health ministry were in no doubt that
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the house was deliberately targeted by israeli forces. >> translator: it's a new massacre being committed against our people in the gaza strip. this time the target was the house of a family. it is nearby the mosque. people were trying to get out of the mosque after they finished rom darahm don nice prayers. >> reporter: officials say this incident has cause the single greatest loss of life since the israeli army began its assault on gaza last week. it's understood saturday night and sunday morning israeli forces were targeting the security compounds and police stationstations in gaza. the israeli army said eights forces raided a site used to fire long range rockets at israel. it said the mission was accomplished. by daylight the full effects of the fight was clear. the fires in the early morning were still smoldering.
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the shrapnel from the explosions evident. a spokesman for hamas has described the incident as a heinous crime. dominick kane, al jazerra. 165, that is the latest number for gaza's dead. some are thought to be fighters, declared members of islamic jihad but at least a third of women and children. take these 18 people all members of a single extended family. they were killed when israeli forces targeted the team of the gaza police chief brigadier. and these eight members of the family, they were killed in an attack on tuesday. six of them are children. one was the commander for hamas. one of the oldest casualties of the conflict so far is an 80-year-old woman. let's speak to bernard smith on the phone, he's north there. bernard, what i want to talk to
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you about is the navy offensive that we have been getting reports about. is this a precursor to some sort of ground offensive? >> reporter: hello. it's not positive whether this is a precursor to a larger ground scale. they call it an activity. they say they raided a long range launching site that was an exchange of fire and four commandos or soldiers were injured. we are relying on the police in gaza and hamas to fill in the gaps of this story. police in gaza say these israelis cam over through the sea and up along the beach. three fighters of its -- three of its fighters were killed in this attack. but they injured the four israeli soldiers who returned to israel and are being treated for their injuries, but it's a very small scale assault it seems to
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target a specific long range launching site according to the is really millie, jane. >> bernard, what about the evacuations underway, who is leaving? >> reporter: result mallary we believe it be about four to 500 foreign nationals and dual citizenship holders, that is people who live in gaza and hold citizenship for other countries. it's being done under the asepsis of the united nations. it started this morning most of them crossing through the north crosscheck point. a few crossing in to egypt in the south. some of them working for the u.n., some working for the foreign consulates in gaza and some working for some of the aid agencies. 21 different countries, nationals from 21 different countries being evacuated. jane. thank you bernard smith.
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there is full coverage of the situation in gaza on our website. this is a live blog with updates around the clock and videos from our teams there. that's at the airport in libya's capital tripoli has been hit by rockets. fierce fighting is said to have taken place around tripoli's international airport between rival rebel groupings, some flights have been canceled. afghanistan's two presidential candidates have agreed to an audit of all votes cast in last month's disputed runoff. u.s. secretary of state john kerry announced the move. rival candidates, early vote results so one leading but the other says the votes were rigged. john kerry is now in austria on the nuke lab program. they have one week left to strike ideal with teheran. they also expected to discuss
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the situation in gaza. gunmen have attacked an apartment building in eastern baghdad killing nearly 30 people. most of them were women. police say the killers left messages in the apartments where the women were found saying the deaths were punishment for practicing prostitution. imran kahn joins us liver from baghdad. are you hearing anything more about this, imran? how does it play in to the general level of violence on the streets in baghdad and around? >> reporter: well, it's only adding to the general level of violence here on the street. let kneel you what happened. around 11:00, 11:00 p.m. on saturday night gunmen burst in to an apartment building and it was in a neighborhood of eastern baghdad, that's quite an upscale neighborhood. they attacked two apartments that they say were being used for prostitution purposes, they murdered something around 27 women at the last count and injuring a number of others. some of those women have succumb today their injuries in the
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early hours of this morning. they left a very clear message on the door of the apartment building as they left it says this is the fate of all prostitution within this country. eyewitnesses say that the prostitutes were warned for continuing business during the holy month of ramadan and they did know something like this might happen. but this has shocked the brutality of this attack has shocked many team here in baghdad. >> i am sure, imran. let's move away from this and talk about politics, parliament reconvening today. there has been a small breakthrough? >> reporter: a tiny breakthrough, yes. what is going to happen today is that the parliamentary session convenes. now it can only go ahead if everybody turns up. they call that a car up. quorum. if all politicians turn up and there is questions about whether the kurds may turn up or not f that happens a consensus candidate for the speaker of the house has emerged within the
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sunnis, a man called dr. al jabari. he's the youngest candidate if he gets the job to hold the position, he's only 43 years old. but he is an unjoin quantity. nobody knows anything about him, he's a very quiet figure. that's likely while he will succeed. while people will accept him because he's son as not a strong candidate and that's the stage we are at in the moment. it's about not getting the right candidate. just a candidate that everybody can agree on. so if the sunnis put him forward and everybody agrees on him, this will trigger a constitutional process, it takes 45 days. at the end of that 45 days, iraq should have a prime minister, but we have seen this before. in 2010 when they t* took them nearly aid months to form a government. right now with this current crisis and prime minister nouri al-maliki under a tremendous amount of pressure. it's unlikely any of this will happen. the parliament meeting should start in the next couple of
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hours or so and we'll know more. >> all right, imran, thank you. north korea launched two ballistic missiles in to the sea, landed in the straights separating north korea from japan. tokyo has lodged a protest over the lawn. it's the latest in a series of test firings over the past week. a u.s. government report on people trafficking recently issued a damning assessment on thailand. it found that the thailand government failed to investigate, prosecute or convict those responsible for trafficking in slavery. veronica p pedroza is in southen thailand and spoke to one person who was trafficked in the country's seafood industry. >> reporter: enslaved to provide prawn on his dining tables around the world. this man, who didn't want to be identified, described his experience. >> translator: i was forced to work on a ship. on the boat, the beating up is
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normal. but they were never so brutal that they killed anyone. but there are cases where people died when they fell off boats. on the boat, if you don't know how to work it's very difficult. if we dropped one fish, we would be punished. if anyone wasn't used to working on the boat it would take a long time. we would work for 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. >> reporter: it's back-breaking work, supplying the world's supermarket with his seafood. most of these people are from myanmar, part of the more than 2 million migrant workers from the neighboring country that are sensual to important sectors of thailand's economy. a u.s. government report on trafficking in persons is seen as the bench mark on the willingness of government to his act against trafficking. it's found corruption in thailand, which the report says happens at all levels, has got in the way of significant progress. >> translator: the government
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also wants to take advantage of both human trafficking and migrant labor. so the problems are not solved. if we can't confront the invested interests of government officials and traffickers, the problems will never be solved. >> reporter: thailand's government disagreed with the u.s. decision, arguing it had made significant advances against human trafficking. the ruling military council also blames the corruption of previous administrations. the global slavery index says nearly half a million people are believed to be enslaved here. investigations have found horrific conditions on boats like this, with people being sold for as little as $420 each and made to work for years without pay. the u.s. investigation also found that traffickers are responding to international scrutiny with new methods that are harder to detect. these cases have ledsome global supermarket chain to his boycott thailand suppliers and further
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sanctions are being considered. veronica pedroza, al jazerra, thailand. still ahead, we report on kenyan villagers who have resort today bows and arrows to protect themselves from gunmen. and. >> reporter: i am tanya paid. reporting from a landlocked country where an agriculture venture is selling crowd in to the discerning japanese market. ♪ ♪
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>> it's a chilling and draconian sentence... it simply cannot stand. >> they are truth seekers... >> all they really wanna do is find out what's happening, so they can tell people... >> governments around the world all united to condemn this... >> as you can see, it's still a very much volatile situation... >> the government is prepared to carry out mass array...
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♪ ♪ the top stories on al
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jazerra. israel has carried out the single-most deadly strike against gaza since its offensive began six days ago. at least 18 people died when the home of gaza's police chief was bombed. residents in north gaza are being warned to evacuate. the airport in libya's captain has been hit by rockets, around tripoli's international airport taking place between rival rebel groups. gunmen have killed at least 27 women in an east baghdad apartment block. police say the killers left messages in the apartments where the women were found saying the deaths were punishment for practicing prostitution. let's return to our top story and the conflict in gaza. israel says its air campaign is targetintargeting hamas fighterd other armed groups of course but family members are paying the price, al jazerra's nick schifrin met one man who survived an air strike which killed most of his family. >> the bomb landed between these
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two houses rights here, huh? >> reporter: for 20-year-old, all that matters about the attack is that he survived and his family didn't. >> translator: all of them were killed and many other injured. by a lot of shrapnel. >> reporter: on a hot night after a power cut he sat here with his parents, his uncle, his grandmother and his brothers, about 11:30 p.m. the heat spiked and the sound was like a thousand thunder claps. >> translator: the sound was very strong. my sister wasn't killed by shrapnel but because of the force of the explosion. >> reporter: an israeli drone fired two missiles in to the group. everyone died except him and his two brothers. he showed me how he survived. he sat against that wall right there. the only place without that rap net marks. bomb exploded on the wall to his left and right. >> translator: it's a miracle i am still alive. >> reporter: he brings me in to his home where his younger brothebrobrother rosser he got p
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net through his stomach i can his other brother through the shoulder. he shows me the that ra shrapned says he's not sure if he can ever sit here again. >> translator: i remember everything. everything. may they rest in peace. >> reporter: and who were they, other than his family? his uncle was the local head of islamic jihad, a group that the u.s. considered a terrorist organization. the israeli drone didn't miss, it just fired at him while he was surrounded lie his family. israeli officials say strikes line like the one that killed him are justified because he and allies pose imminent risk. >> hamas is hiding first and foremost behind palestinian citizens and therefore it is responsible for those harms unintentionally. >> translator: i will consider there was someone launching rockets, but what is the fault of chin or the unarmed. none of us were launching
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rockets. >> reporter: israel will continue to target people who plan rocket strikes. families in gaza will continue to ask why. right now the cycle of violence is getting faster and deadlier. nick schifrin, al jazerra, gaza. three al jazerra journalists have now spent 197 days in an egyptian prison. they are all falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. last month mohamed and peter greste were sentence today seven years each. another one received an additional three because he had a spent bullet that he picked up any protest t al jazerra rejects their convictions and continues to demand the journalists be freed. in nigeria to show support for the school killed kidnapped in april. a pakistani school girl shot in the head by the taliban will meet with the families of the some girls. the 17-year-old will also meet with a number of girls who
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escaped from boko haram. sunday has been declared her day in nigeria in honor of her visit. kenya has seen more attacks in recent weeks, 80 killed and 69 arrested in an operation by security forces. but a report from there, many people are choosing to take their security in to their own hands. >> reporter: these are members of kenya's military and police at the scene of the latest attack. along the coast in lamu county. they analyze messages left behind by the gunmen. more troops have been sent in to the forest to pursue the attackers. but it's not easy. >> these fellows are a bit more back. and again they keep. [ inaudible ] these days they undertake an attack there and it's slightly different.
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we can't deny that it is a challenge, but it is not surmountable. >> reporter: the armed groups seem to be attacking at will. easily blendsing in to the forest and the population. here they ambushed worshipers in a mosque and set fire on in some homes and school buildings. this is a classroom that they banded. it seems the attackers were looking for supplies. they stole food from the school's score, medical supplies from the village dispensary, and guns from home guards who were protecting civilians. he and his friends have decided that they have had enough. they now arm themselves with bows and arrows. >> translator: there is no security here. we are by ourselves, that's why we have decided to carry weapons. >> reporter: 50-kilometers away, more than 60 people were killed
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last month, men were targeted. so here they have also formed vigilante groups. they patrol their neighborhood and warn people of any strangers in the area. they have asked us to hide their identity for security reasons. >> translator: we don't want to steal from anyone. we have no grudges with anybody. this is just for our own protection. >> reporter: the government says it's now in control of security in lamu county. but these people are taking no chances. they say that they were caught unaware before. it won't happen again. al jazerra. lamu west. now for something fishy. it may be landlocked but its mountains are an important source of water for neighboring south africa. as tanya paige reports, one local company has identified a business opportunity much further away.
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>> reporter: water is the wealth here. the mountain us kingdom is powered by hydro electricity from the dam. selling water to south africa. but surprise in this small landlocked country is a young but successful agriculture venture. most people told grant it would never work. but the fish is so good. all 1500-tons of it is export today japan for sushi. >> the product has grown in fresh water, so what we are sitting in at the moment is effectively a fresh water fee w. it gives us a unique tasting and textured product. >> reporter: workers clean the fish tanks 24 hours a day. many of them were relocated because of the reservoir and have spent the government's compensation pay outs. their jobs are sustainable and valuable in a country where one in four people are unemployed. he was a labo laborer on the fih
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farm's construction site now he's studying for a certificate in agriculture. >> people around here some of them. [ inaudible ] in future. >> reporter: his ambition is encouraged. eventually the owners want to hand the project over to the community. this is the final product destined for the discerning japanese market. at the moment it's exported whole, but there are plans to start fil filleting it here whih will grow more jobs. every day the chief is on the business and planning to expand it to meet the increasing demand from japan. >> translator: the company reports back on sales and costs. they have advised us to come up with other projects. so we are looking in to? agriculture ideas. >> reporter: in the mountains a community and a company are working harmoniously thanks to an unlikely idea in a landlocked country that's proving successful. tanya paige, al jazerra.
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there has been an up surge in violence in ukraine with the army pushing closer towards the rebel-held city of donetsk. ukraine says its military jets are bombarding positions in the east and claims to have killed up to a thousand separatist fighters. rebels say that figure is exaggerated civilians are also been killed by artillery fire. russia's president has voiced his support for argentina's lon standing territorial claim to the talk land islands. vladimir putin has called for direct negotiations between britain and argentina over the islands, they fought a bitter war in 1982 after argentina invaded the falklands. putin is on a six-day tour of south america. well, it's another tale of would hwhoa for brazil they lose third placed playoff match to the netherlands but it wasn't quite as devastating as the 7-1
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defeat they suffered to germany in the semis. richard nicholson reports. >> reporter: it was a game the netherlands coach didn't want to play. and the brazilians were hoping would give them redemption. it would be the dutch that would be the happier as the game had barely begun when the netherlands got a penalty. silva pulled down robben, the incident looked to happen outside the box with silva lucky to escape without a yellow card. robin van persie slotted it home to make it one hoff zero. things got worse. david scored his first it's national goal 17 minutes in. 2-0 to the dutch at the break. brazil had their chances in the second half. and ramirez dragging his shot wide. netherlands completed the win in injury time. making it 3-0 to send departing coach louie away with one final win. as host brazil finished with
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more heart ache, richard nicholson, al jazerra. germany will be battling to be the first european side to win a world cup on latin american soil. they are favorites to beat argentina in the final. the ruthlessly efficient team demolished hosts brazil 7-1 in the semis. it is the third time the germans have met the argentines in or final. each winning once. football fans in brazil were able to enjoy another spectacle on saturday night. a full moon nope as a super moonlit up the sky there. it was even more dramatic she lane ca. it occurs when a full moon co insights with its closest approach to the earth. beautiful. hundreds of sailors have arrived back in london after an around the world race which took them nearly a year, the teams
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were mainly made up of amateurs, phil was there at the end. >> reporter: it was like a hero's welcome. they may not have changed the world but they certainly have seen a lot of it. this clipper a had 270 amateurs on board, from farmers to lawyers to housewives, one sailor just 21 years old. the full crew was nearly 700 strong. >> i was terrified to leave. and then when i got on it was absolutely incredible. being sick and everything and we had a rough trip down the last race and to come in third in london is incredible. >> reporter: the river thames in london was blissfully calm. nothing like the hurricanes and tornadoes they endured as they traveled around the world in 10 1/2 months. >> we got a really easy crossing of the pacific. but hammered in the seven ocean it was another way around. every race has been different with the weather. >> reporter: the clipper race ban in the u.k. on the first of
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september last year, initially heading to southern hemisphere and rio de janae ore from, that there across to south africa to cape down before the long journey to australia. after that it was up to singapore, then to gina and across to the united states. to san francisco, moving around the caribbean to new york city. and from the big apple briefly to northern ireland before finally docking back in the u.k. and so this is it. after 40,000 miles in some of the world's most inhospitable locations the adventure end here in the heart of london on a glorious summer's day. for the families that waited the best part of a year to get their loved ones back, as you can see there is a lot of happiness, a lot of pride, and also a little by of nervousness because they know many of these crew members are already looking forward to their next adventure. and who knows where that may take them. phil, al jazerra, on the banks of the river thames in london.
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what an adventure, if you want to find out anything more about what is happening there or any of the other story that his we have been covering the ongoing violence in iraq and in gaza and israel, log onto our website the address is al jazerra do but the headlines are coming up in the next couple of seconds or so. >> no other sport can kick off mass emotion in indonesia like football, even if the national team languishes near the bottom of world rankings. >> indonesians, they're really crazy. we can see their ranking in fifa is going down, going down, going down. but every game in the stadium, 80,000 people, 90,000 people. >> even local competitions turn