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even though i can't see. >> tech know. >> we're here in the vortex. only on al jazeera america. israeli tanks on the boarder and tension inside gaza as hamas rejects an extension of the ceasefire. ♪ ♪ welcome to al jazerra live from doha. also coming up on the program, ukraine's military says it's gaining ground in the push towards the rebel-held city of donetsk. australian police join a dutch security team in ukraine to secure the malaysia airlines crash site. and the bangladeshee festival tradition leading to long cues
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at banks. ♪ ♪ the united nations is calling on hamas to accept an extension of the ceasefire in gaza. israel had agreed to stop its bombardment for another 24 hours after saturday's temporary truce, however the army says it will remain inside gaza to continue destroying hamas tunnels. meanwhile, hamas has rejected the ceasefire and has been firing rockets in to israel putting the ceasefire at risk. two rockets were intercepted late on saturday. hamas says it won't agree to stop fighting until israeli troops leave. and people are allowed to return to their homes. but they can't because israel has impressed a three-kilometer-wide buffer zone inside gaza. it covers more than 40% of the lands there and i israel has tod people in these areas to leave.
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lets geer more from gaza. nicole johnston is there for us. it does seem like a pretty shaky ceasefire but it is quieter. >> reporter: it is a shaky ceasefire if you could call it that at all. as you were just saying hamas and the pal tin general factions are not agreeing to any ceasefire or extension of the truce that we had yesterday on the basis that they don't believe it's a ceasefire as long as israeli troops and tanks are operating inside gaza on these tunnels. overnight the pal still vinnie n faction said they fared some 20 rockets and that doesn't look like a ceasefire. this morning we had tense firing and shell strikes through different parts of the gas trip by the israeli side. one person has been killed. but as you said it is much quieter than it has been. so both sides are still exchanging some fire, but not to the extent that we have seen over the past few days.
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>> and, nicole, what are people doing to take advantage of this relative quiet. i can see behind you there are a long cue o queue of people. >> reporter: yes, we are in the middle of downtown gaza city outside one of the banks. it's a good for people to try to get some cash from the atm here. as soon as the banks open the doors the number behind us will really grow. we drove past here yesterday afternoon and there was easily 100, maybe more than 100 people lined up trying to get inside the bank to get money. that's just one of the things people are doing during these sort of shaky ceasefire hours. and it's of course a chance for people to go to the market, to buy goods, to assess the damage at their houses, to visit friends and relatives and to really sort of take a break. to take paws and try and use this time to free pair for whatever happens next, and they don't know what will happen next. we met some of the people who were going back home to see what
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was left of their houses after the heavy bombardment that they had had there over the weekend, it's in this report. parts of the neighborhood are in ruins. there is not much for people to salvage here. but they still try. tired men covered in dirt, and full of despair. this family had a house and a small shop. this is all they have left now. they have no faith in ceasefires. >> translator: what will we achieve if we have a ceasefire without conditions? they could come again and destroy our houses. today they hit our houses, tomorrow they might open the border. they don't respect what's agreed upon. >> reporter: there are few words to describe what has happened here. this entire neighborhood has been destroyed. and buried beneath the rubble
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are the homes and lives of countless palestinians. once the ceasefire started, the people walked home. it was a chance to take whatever was left. mattresses, clothes, some push their cars out. they don't know when they'll be back. >> translator: i came to my house to see what happened to it. we aren't here to take anything. we only took our clothes when we evacuated. it's an earthquake there, i can't take anything from inning i hainside.go being, take a loo. >> reporter: this mass has lost his home but is relieved that he has his family. >> all the family because of the bombombardment of shelling theyt out. but they were terrified and horrified because of the heaviness of the shelling and shells that were reaching everywhere. >> reporter: the smith of death is everywhere. dozens of bodies were taken out
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of the village. three wars in seven years. people in gaza have rebuilt their homes and lives before. but they are worn down. and where do you start rebuilding this? and literally while that report was being played out we received this from the israeli army, a formal statement saying following hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, the israeli army will now resume its aerial, navel and ground activity in the gaza strip. so that means that the ceasefire which had been agreed to last until midnight local time tonight is now officially over. let's go back to nicole in the gaza strip. so, nicole, that means that the air strikes could resume at any moment. >> reporter: that's right. and we had already heard reports that there had been some air
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strikes and tank shelling across different parts of the gaza strip. we were only just saying how shaky this one-sided ceasefire was looking and now it does appear that it's over. well, it is over. they were the reports that we had been getting and some rumors for about the last half an hour. i don't think that message has reached the people of gaza yet. many people are still arriving here at the bank behind to us what they thought would take advantage of the lull to get some money out. there are dozens and dozens of people in the park right nearby waiting in the shade for the bank to open. for the shops to open. it will be interesting to see what they decide to do once the news of that ceasefire being over on the is really side, whether they'll turn around and go home or stick it out for a few hours and do what they need to do and then head back to what they hope is the safety of their houses. but as we have continually seen, even people's houses, wherever they are in the gaza strip are not safe. >> tell me this, nicole, one of the things that hamas rejected
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the ceasefire for was because the israeli troops were remaining in the gas strip still searching for tunnel tunnels and destroying tunnels. how are the israelis actually doing that? how are they finding the tunnels? and what are they doing when they find them? >> reporter: it's difficult to know exactly what they are doing it's military information. having said that they have leased a lot of video. you see the israeli troops moving to the entrances of the tunnels, going inside the tunnels, we have seen footage of bulldozers on the very outskirts of the buffer zone where they believe that some of those tunnels are. tanks have been heavily shelling the entrances of those tunnels. but as for specific information about how they are dealing with the tunnels, i can't tell you. you would have to speak to the israelis on that. >> nicole, thanks very much indeed for that, nicole johnston updating us from gaza where we
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have just had word that rocket fire in to is heel reeling. thisrael. we'll bring you more on that. just continuing on with gaza, people used the brief lull to search for missing relatives and belongings, but offense of course all they could find were victims of bombs and tank shells. in the south of gaza, 20 members of the same family were laid to rest on saturday. charles stratford was there. >> translator: he is the person who brings me food. who is going to provide for me now? >> reporter: it only took the push of a butt you were, a split second for the israeli military to wipeout almost 20 members of her family. remnants of their lives lay ripped apart in this whole in the ground. the blast ripped the skin off mohamed's face, he and his brother hussein were the only
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people in the thousands survive. >> translator: we sell chickens and we go home. we have nothing to do with the resistence, we are civilians just like everyone else. >> reporter: we moved to the nearby village, the israeli military has been targeting what they say are hamas tums. i am stand big 200 meters from the border of the village, which is near. the israeli military say that during this humanitarian ceasefire no one can go in here because they are still looking for what they say are hamas-built tums. it up tunnels. there are a lot of people waiting haven't seen their friends and relatives for a couple of days now, there was about a hal half an hour ago tht there were warning shots fired in to the kraut. but we cannot get any closer than that. aid people were in the house when an israeli shell hit. miraculously they all survived. we moved as close as we could. you can see the tanks kicking
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dust in to the air. people here told us the israeli military had confiscated their relatives mobile phones. >> the internation red cross said they were going to come but they haven't. there are dead people in their houses. >> we demands ban ki-moon come to see what's happening on the ground. it's burning, there are bodies decomposing on the streets. >> translator: where is the ceasefire? we have right to see our relatives. give us mercy. >> reporter: the israeli military fired more warning shots as a drone hovered overhead. we retreated back down the road. in a nearby cemetery, men struggle today lay the 19 members of the family to rest. they frantically pulled earth in to the tomb.
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>> translator: netanyahu commits crimes every day against our children and our old people too. >> reporter: the israelis are calling this a humanitarian ceasefire, as the people of gas bury their dead. charles stratford, al jazerra, gaza. israel says one of its soldiers was killed after he was hit by a mortar round near gaza. that takes the total number of israeli military deaths from the conflict to 43. three civilians in israel have also been killed. the army says the footage was shot on thursday. more a gaza coming up. clearing up what's left of their homes, we'll have the latest after more fighting in eastern ukraine.
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welcome back. the top stories are al jazerra. israel says a ceasefire in gaza is over. the army says it will resume military operations because hamas has continued to fire rockets in to israel. hamas confirms it fired five rockets in one area and two at tel aviv. the u.s. secretary of state met diplomats from europe, qatar and turk any paris on saturday to try to arrange a longer-lasting truce but that effort failed. but the foreign minister from qatar says he remain committed to finding a solution to the crisis. >> translator: the paris conference did not focus purely on achieving a cease firing the
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conference was an opportunity for us and our brothers and turkey and our friends from the u.s. to share with the other participants, including the e.u., italy, germany, france, and the u.k. what has been achieved from negotiations in recent days. and an opportunity to explore ways to achieving a result that our brothers in gaza and palestine would agree to. namely ending israel's aggression and lifting the siege. contemporary to what's been reported, qatar is not opposed to egypt playing a role. actually, qatar and turkey and all of the arab countries as well as the other allies believe that egypt's role is important. in fact, egypt should be taking the lead in this crisis. qatar has not objected. in fact, we made several moves to support the role of our brothers in egypt. with me now is an expert on middle east policies at qatar university. good to have you on the program.
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qatar and turkey both being brought in by the u.s. to speak. neither of which are popular choices with israel. >> you know, as you know, diplomacy started two weeks ago, since this crisis started. unfortunately, the only, you know,. [ inaudible ] so-called egyptian, now qatar and turkey are saying one simple message, which basically that they have the demands of hamas and other resistent movements and they say these are the demands. and they want a long-term solution for the situation in gaza. that long-term solution includes, you know, egyptians to be on board, including israelis to be on board, including the u.s. to be on board, including france to be on board.
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so basically they want a long-term solution, which basically again is what the the egyptian initiative wanted from the beginning. where they want a short-term solution where they can have a ceasefire and then negotiate everything. >> but in this case, john kerry's plan appears to have driven a wedge between the u.s. and israel. because israel is saying behind the scenes, look, you know, what your plan did was put all the balls in hamas' court and didn't give us what we wanted. >> that's correct. but, you know, the united states effort so far is actually highjacked by the so-called egyptian he in addition tiffs. where basically kerry wants to em powering sisi in the region, support politics by saying this is your initiative, we are supporting you. in fact by doing that they are isolating egypt more.
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none of those movements in gaza, neither players in the region, even the palestinian authority, they have heard about it from the media. basically they said, okay, that's fine, but they are not really happy with how things are being formulated. so basically john kerry initiative, or john kerry efforts now is just because of the pressure on him from the white house. and if you remember barack obama said that he sent kerry to the region to have a solution as early as possible. in fact, he's failing to do so because basically they are not respond to go the need of the people in gaza. it's not the need of hamas or islamic jihad or the other. it's the need of the people. people in gaza they want a solution for their own. >> people in gaza are right now facing a situation where the ceasefire that they were talking advantage of is now over. and, in fact, with the failure of a longer term solution, does this mean now that the israeli operation will escalate?
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>> it will escalate. and i think now all of those movements in gaza, they have one clear course is that israel should leave the old buffer zone around gaza and stop the operation and sort of, you know, any ceasefire can be discussed for long -- for short-term. again, the whole efforts now is about -- the whole argument is that people in gaza, they are dieing every day hundreds or thousands with this blockade. so they don't see any, you know, -- it doesn't make different when they are killed now by israelis attacking them, because basically they say slowly death and, this is a quick death done by israelis. >> it strikes me that what both sides wants is not what the other side wand. hamas is saying israelis have to get out of the buffer zone and israelis are are saying we have to destroy your it ups and rocket capabilities. hamas is saying you have to raise the blockade and end the
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seen and israel is saying, no, that effects our national security. it is impossible to see how the two will ever come together. >> absolutely. because simply, this goes back to the politics of the region. the region is not in a good shape polight key. egypt is not in a good shape politically to play a role. other are not able to. saudi arabia is not on board. the you had has a proble us has. this is why they were in paris so all people were on board and formulating new initiatives. >> egypt wasn't there and the palestinian factions weren't there. the answer to that was they knew the opinions of the egyptians and have the initiatives and kerry already came from could i ho roe and he's suggest an
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initiative based on the egyptian in addition tiff. he said everything will be sent back to cairo and to the authorities. but at the end of the day all the killing of the people, basically more than 1,000 people. unfortunately international community is not paying enough attention to that. but i think who is killing people should be put under pressure. not -- i mean, regarding what is happening in gaza, regarding what those are doing in gaza and hamas movement, israelis is responsible because this is an occupation land and the responsibility of israel to have a better life for those. it's international law. it's not saying by hamas or other groups of this is the responsibility of the international community to put enough pressure israel to respect its commitment because this is an international commitment. >> is this international community coming around to that
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view? because until now there has not been as much effort as you would expect. if it had been the other way around, if there had been a thousand israelis dead, heaven for bed -- >> the reaction would be different. >> the reaction would be very different. at what point does the number of palestinian casualties does that become the cut off when the international community says actually, that is too much? >> i don't think so now the number is an issue. because basically you speak around 6,000 people now, you know, killed or injured. and this is a huge number. if you want to compare it with 30 from israeli side to 40. >> still, it's way off the number who died in the 2008-2009 israeli operation on gaza yes. again, the situation in that time was different. you had egypt, you had different, i would say circumstances, internationally, i think the problem now in the renal and uni and your honor ary
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have a lot on their agenda, on their plates, internally and outside. this is the failure for having a diplomatic solution for that. there is not enough, i would say, voice so they can send a strong message. israelis, they want sort of to make sure that they are security it, international security is being guaranteed by the americans. americans cannot do so. the other european nations are not capable to do so. when i think what we are seeing now is this kind of, i would say, conflict is likely to continue, actually. rather than finding a solution, because basically -- >> actually, there is a lot of pressure netanyahu inside israel to be even tougher because there are those in his cabinet who are saying this is our opportunity, we should not stop. we should make the operation more intense.
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we don't see the need for cease fires. >> on the other hand, they don't have really a list of success about what's happening. because, you know, they are not sure that they are destroying the tunnels. >> they are putting out videos every day, so they would say they are. >> as long as you see rockets going to israelis there is an issue about all these claims. if you look at the area, this is evidence about killing citizens rather than going after those tunnels and those are ride in this tunnels. i am not sure that, you know, militarily and strategically, that's -- you know, israeli campaign against palestinians is achieving its goal. i think day by day we may see pressure from within israel on netanyahu to question about his ability about what is being done. and i think we witnessed
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yesterday a demonstration from the left in israel more than 4,000 people going to the streets criticizing netanyahu policies towards gaza. and i think it's likely to see more from that side. and is a think this could be a point where netanyahu should pay enough attention to his future career as a prime minister rather than to the pressure from the other side. >> for the moment, thank you very much. >> my pleasure. >> i know you'll stay with us throughout the moment. from qatar university. so you are looking at live pictures from gaza, you can see a huge plume of smoke coming up there now where i am not sure whether that's come from a tank shell or air strike, but we do know that the israeli military has said it will resume its operation in gaza because it says hamas slight the the truce, hamas certainly has been firing rockets in to israel.
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so that huma humanitarian cruise which was due to last until midnight tonight is now over. i think we have our diplomatic editor james bays on the phone from western jerusalem. james, let's be honest this ceasefire was looking shaky right from the boar word go. >> reporter: it was and we certainly have seen rockets and mortars fired late last night here. and that caused serious concern for the israeli security cabinet that was meeting. they, though, went ahead with extending the ceasefire for 24 hours. now, though, the statement has come through from the israeli military, the at the same time reads following hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population the i.d. fs, the israeli military will
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now resume it's aerial, naval and ground activity. that's the short statement that came out saying they are starting military efforts again, all the diplomatic efforts that we have seen over the last few days and last week, we say the secretary general of the united nations, we saw the u.s. secretary of state you do not get a higher diplomatic mission shuttling back and forth between all the players that now for now has failed. >> so where do we go from here james? does the israeli military operation resume and what then? >> reporter: face one was the aerial bombardment, phase two was the ground mission focusing on tunnels when you watch israeli media and television it's all about those tunnels and
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trying to destroy those tunnels, certainly the military seem to be deeply concerned about the scale and sophistication of the tunnel network and certainly in the media they are preparing the israeli public that that is the issue you that needs to be dealt with. that is the major threat to israel. some are talking about a stage three, expanding the operation to all parts of gaza and targeting some of hamas' leadership. >> james, give us a flavor of what the reaction was in israel this morning to john kerry's attempts to broker a ceasefire. because he says it was just a matter of terminology that it wasn't seemed. but there seems to be a lot of scathing opinion as to his handling of this crisis. >> reporter: absolutely. he's not a popular man in israel. and it's viewed that his final offer to israel had more that was acceptable to hamas than was acceptable to israel.
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his work on this has been criticized widely in israel. this is the secretary of state who spent so much effort on this in the last few days coming here and speaking to everyone involved, then shutting himself in his hotel room and calling everyone involved, staging talks in cairo, talks in paris. but certainly those effort are not appreciated by many here. remember where we are with israeli public opinion, they are strongly at the moment behind the military operation. and the most important thing that weighs on the israeli prime minister is not international pressure, yes, you takes that in to account. he looks at what u.n. is saying, and what international players like eu is staying, and what the u.s. is saying, but in the end, the most important thing is what happens at home. the local political picture, remember, it's a place where it's coalition politics and