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'At least 40' Palestinians wounded in Israeli airstrikes

At least 40 Palestinians were wounded and four killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip today, a Palestinian medical officials said.

Israeli forces carried out more than 25 air strikes in Gaza while more than 80 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, according to reports.

A paramedic instructs bystanders at a Gaza City hospital today
A paramedic instructs bystanders at a Gaza City hospital today Credit: Reuters

There were chaotic scenes in hospitals in Gaza City as the conflict raged for a fourth day since the latest ceasefire broke down on Tuesday.

A wounded man is brought into a Gaza City hospital on a stretcher
A wounded man is brought into a Gaza City hospital on a stretcher Credit: Reuters

More than 2,070 Palestinians have since been killed in the conflict, most of them civilians, while large areas of Gaza have been destroyed. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.

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UN chief 'deeply concerned' by Russian convoy reports

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply concerned at reports of a Russian aid convoy entering Ukraine without permission from the nation's government.

Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement: "While recognizing the deteriorating humanitarian situation, any unilateral action has the potential of exacerbating an already dangerous situation in eastern Ukraine."

Plans to expand 'doctor's assistant' roles in the NHS

The NHS is planning to rapidly expand the number of people in 'doctor's assistant' roles but some patient groups say the move could encourage hospitals to use them in place of fully-qualified doctors.

Physician associates are usually science graduates who have two years of intense training and they already perform a number of important tasks such as examining patients and ordering and interpreting tests.

ITV News reporter Harry Smith reports:

US: Russia convoy 'a flagrant violation' of sovereignty

The White House has called a Russian convoy's move into Ukraine a "flagrant violation" of the country's sovereignty and urged Russia to remove it or face more economic sanctions.

A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk.
A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

White House deputy national security Ben Rhodes told reporters that sending the convoy into Ukraine adds to the escalation of the conflict "in a dangerous way."

The United States plans to discuss the situation with the UN Security Council later today, he added.

Executions help explain Hamas' stranglehold over Gaza

by - Senior International Correspondent

Hamas clearly wanted publicity. Not only were these public executions - they allowed photographs to be taken. Most of the images are too gruesome to show.

Palestinians crowd in to watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel
Palestinians crowd in to watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Obviously these public executions do nothing for the Palestinian cause in the international court of public opinion, but they do illustrate why Hamas has such a stranglehold over Gaza.

One of the recurring questions throughout this war is: How much support does Hamas actually have? Well this ruthless display explains why there are so few dissenting voices.?

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Malky Mackay apologises for 'unacceptable' messages

Malky Mackay took the further step of apologising for his offensive text messages in a television interview this evening.

He admitted sending three messages, which he described as "completely unacceptable," but insisted he was "no racist" and "no homophobe".

But there is still no word from Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association which was forced to apologise for the wording of a statement that appeared to defend the messages as "friendly banter".

ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne reports:

Renewed urgency on preventing radicalisation in the UK

As the hunt continues for the extremist who murdered journalist James Foley, there is a renewed urgency on preventing the radicalisation of young British Muslims.

The on-screen beheading by the apparently British jihadist has cast a new light on the 500 Britons believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with terrorist groups.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

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