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Israeli shelling continues as further flights are cancelled

Clashes between Israel and Hamas continued in Gaza today, as international airlines cancelled more flights to Tel Aviv.

International airlines cancelled 80 flights, despite Israeli assurances that the Ben Gurion airport was safe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the hope of brokering a ceasefire.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

Read: The toddler who will have to bear the scars of the Middle East conflict

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Space station tweets night picture of the Gaza Strip

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tweeted a night image of rockets flying between Gaza and Israel, this evening.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst said it was his "saddest photo yet."

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My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel http://t.co/jNGWxHilSy

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More: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Abbas tells Kerry: Israel's war is without justification

The Palestinian president has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel's offensive in Gaza is a "war without justification".

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John Kerry pictured with Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas today. Credit: Facebook/President Mahmoud Abbas

Speaking after meeting Kerry in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas accused the Israelis of forging "a war against the Palestinian people".

Mr Kerry said the US would continue to push for a ceasefire in the conflict that has killed at least 687 Palestinians and 32 Israelis.

Read: The toddler who will have to bear the scars of the Middle East conflict

Thousands in Holland pay respects to MH17 victims

Thousands of Dutch people lined streets today to pay their respects to the victims of flight MH17.

Thousands turn out to line the route of a convoy of hearses, bearing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, as they make their way to Hilversum, Holland.
Thousands turn out to line the route of a convoy of hearses, bearing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, as they make their way to Hilversum, Holland. Credit: Reuters

Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

A man holds a Netherlands flag flying at half-mast as a row of hearses, escorted by military police, passes by.
A man holds a Netherlands flag flying at half-mast as a row of hearses, escorted by military police, passes by. Credit: Reuters

The first 16 coffins with the remains of victims landed at Eindhoven airport from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Read: Bells toll across Holland as first victims of MH17 land

Thousands of mourners gather to show their respects to the MH17 dead.
Thousands of mourners gather to show their respects to the MH17 dead. Credit: Reuters

A motorcade accompanied the hearses as they arrived at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum.

Devastated family members of victims look on as the hearses arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks.
Devastated family members of victims look on as the hearses arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks. Credit: Reuters

More: The Last Post is played as MH17 victims' bodies arrive

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Taiwan crash scene 'chaotic' on Penghu island

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan.

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Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen

47 people were killed and the burning debris set buildings on fire, officials have said.

"It's chaotic [at] the scene," Jean Shen, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, told Reuters.

A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage
A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen
A relative cries after hearing of her loss.
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries. Credit: REUTERS

Eleven injured people on the plane were taken to hospital, the government said.

More: Scores dead in Taiwan passenger plane crash

Hamas leader 'ready to accept humanitarian truce'

The Hamas leader in Gaza, Khaled Meshaal, has said he is ready to accept a humanitarian truce in the region, Reuters have reported.

Meshaal also rejected potential negotiations saying. We will not agree to a ceasefire and then negotiate. "We reject this."

He continued by saying any truce in Gaza depends on an end to the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in the densely-populated enclave of Gaza, due to fighting with Israel.

More: UN: Israeli attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

'Wreckage of Ukrainian fighter jets' shown in footage

Footage that appears to show the wreckage of two Ukrainian fighter jets after they were shot down has been released.

The Ukrainian government has claimed that the missiles that struck the planes at 15,000 feet were fired from Russia.

The incident comes less than a week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was apparently shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

ITV News cannot independently verify the content of this video

Read: Fighter jets 'brought down by missiles fired from Russia'

Bells toll across Holland as first victims of MH17 land

The first victims' bodies of the MH17 disaster arrived in Holland today - six days after the flight crashed in eastern Ukraine.

During a solemn procession, attended by the Dutch king and queen, the Last Post was played as the unidentified victims were slowly carried from the plane to the waiting hearses.

ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Eindhoven:

Read: Parents of MH17 victims say they 'live in a hell beyond hell'

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