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Israeli soldier Hamas claimed to abduct declared dead

The Israeli Defence Force has announced an Israeli soldier who Hamas claimed to have abducted in Gaza last Sunday was killed in the attack on his vehicle.

Sgt Oron Shaul was unaccounted for after his armoured personnel carrier (APC) was shot in the Sajaiya neighbourhood of the city on July 20.

Hamas claimed to have captured him in an ambush, although this account was reportedly soon disputed by Israeli officers, before the IDF today announced:

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We can confirm that Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, was one of 7 soldiers killed in the explosion of an APC on July 20 in Gaza.

The confirmation of the death of Sgt Shaul and the announcement of the death of two more soldiers today took the IDF toll to 35 since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters have clashed with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem as tensions flared over the situation in Gaza.

Some of the Palestinians threw fireworks and rocks at the Israeli troops, who were present in large numbers in the east of the city.

Footage shows Israel forces approaching the protesters, with undercover police arresting one man, while another is blindfolded and led away by troops.

Large numbers of Israeli security personnel then stood guard as Palestinians took part in outdoor prayers to mark the final stage of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Cyclist insists 'Save Gaza' gloves 'not political'

A Malaysian cyclist who wore gloves saying 'Save Gaza' during the Commonwealth Games has insisted he was not engaging in a political protest.

Azizulhasni Awang was competing in the men's sprint at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow when he held up his gloves to cameras to reveal the words.

Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang holds up his gloves to the camera.
Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang holds up his gloves to the camera. Credit: Facebook/Azizulhasni Awang

Writing on his Facebook page, Awang said: "I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest."

"It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian. Since when expressing humanitarian considered as political?"

He also revealed he had been given a warning by Commonwealth organisers but would be able to continue in the competition as long as he does not wear the gloves.

Read: Conflict leaves babies stranded in Gaza hospital

Rocket 'strikes residential building' in Ashkelon

The Israeli Defence Forces says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning. http://t.co/WDiRbpeb5C

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The IDF said another three missiles had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

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A short while ago, the Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over the Ashkelon area.

Read: Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

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Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

The overall death toll in Gaza has now reached 808, according to Palestinian officials.

A recent strike on a UN-run school in the town of Beit Hanoun is reported to have killed 19 people, although it is not yet clear who was responsible for the attack.

The UN has called for an "immediate investigation" into the incident.

Read: School strike 'could have been Palestinian mistake'

Israel has also announced the death of one of its soldiers, Yair Ashkenazy, who was fighting in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The 36-year-old is the 33rd member of the Israeli military to have died in the conflict so far.

IDF: Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv

Rocket sirens have sounded in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, according to a tweet from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The IDF also said two rockets had been intercepted above central Israel.

The Israeli authorities say Hamas militants have fired over 2,000 rockets at Israel since the beginning of the conflict.

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Two rockets were intercepted above central Israel in the last volley.

Read: ITV News photo shows trail of rocket smoke over Gaza

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