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Destroyed streets in Gaza deserted as strikes continue

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers has arrived in Gaza, to find the streets empty of people but filled with rubble from the buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

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Official: Authorities as far as Spain watching for AH5017

Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency say a search was under way for the missing flight AH5017.

"We do not know if the plane is Malian territory," Issa Saly Maigatold, head of the service, said.

"Aviation authorities are mobilised in all the countries concerned - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain."

A Swiftair MD-83 pictured in March 2012.
A Swiftair MD-83 pictured in March 2012. Credit: Flickr / RHL Images under Creative Commons

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Police unit 'spying' on justice campaigns 'distressing'

The Chief Constable who led the report that found a secret Scotland Yard unit held information on families of 17 justice campaigns admitted it would be "distressing" for relatives to learn that their details were being held.

Scotland Yard held information on families of 17 justice campaigns.
Scotland Yard held information on families of 17 justice campaigns. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous

Mick Creedon, Derbyshire Chief Constable, added that it "must seem inexplicable" for the families who have had their details held by the force.

One reference in the report was to an unnamed individual planning to go to a funeral, even though "there was no intelligence to indicate that the funeral would have been anything other than a dignified event".

Mr Creedon said: "Unless the information could have prevented crime or disorder it should not have been retained."

Despite the report finding no evidence that covert operations targeted grieving families, the fact information that had no relevance in preventing crimes was kept, was heavily criticised.

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EU flight safety agency lifts ban against Tel Aviv airport

The European Aviation Safety Agency has said it will lift its recommendation to avoid Tel Aviv Ben Gourion airport.

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EASA to lift recommendation to avoid Tel Aviv Ben Gourion International Airport after contact with Israeli authorities

The move comes after the lifting of a US ban on commercial flights late last night.

Read: Palestinian death toll tips 700 in Gaza violence

Justice campaign families to be 'informed' on 'spying'

Families of 17 justice campaigns - for murder victims or those who died following police contact - will be informed on what information Scotland Yard held about them.

Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon, who led the inquiry, said:

Operation Herne has identified emerging evidence that in addition to the Stephen Lawrence Campaign, a number of other justice campagins have been mentioned within SDS records. Seventeen such justice campaigns have been identified so far.

These range between 1970 and 2005, and are as a result of deaths in police custdoy, following police contact and the victims of murders.

It is the intention of Chief Constable Creedon and Operation Herne to inform all of the families involved and share, where possible, the knowledge and information held.

– Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon

Palestinian death toll tips 700 in Gaza violence

More than 700 Palestinians have died in 16 days of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants.

The remains of a house, hit last night by Israeli airstrikes.
The remains of a house, hit last night by Israeli airstrikes. Credit: Reuters

Palestinians say residents of two villages in southern Gaza have been trapped by days of shelling from tanks, and medics have been unable to evacuate the wounded.

The UN said more than 140,000 people have been displaced, and condemned fresh attacks by the Israeli military on UN schools being used as shelters.

Read: UN school used as shelter in Gaza hit for second time

Efforts to reach a peace deal intensified, but a deal between Israel and Hamas fighters remains elusive.

Medical crews have not risked approaching victims in the southern villages of Khuzaa and Abassan, Palestinian officials said.

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