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The children caught-up in the Middle East conflict

The Middle East conflict has left children in Gaza with serious injuries as both sides continue attacking one another.

The conflict has seen children on both sides injured and killed.
The conflict has seen children on both sides injured and killed. Credit: ITV News / Sean Swan

The children pictured are just two of those being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital, Gaza.

This young boy is being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital in Gaza.
This young boy is being treated at Khan Yunis Hospital in Gaza. Credit: ITV News / Sean Swan

ITV News also met three-year-old Randa Al Shaer - who is not pictured because of the severity of her injuries - who suffered third degree burns and lost both her mother and grandfather in an Israeli airstrike.

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Israel 'hopes' American carriers will reopen flights

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men at Tel Aviv airport.
Ultra-Ortodox Jewish men stand at the departure board at Ben Gurion International airport in Tel Avi Credit: REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

Israel has rejected the decision to bar flights to its Ben Gurion airport stating that they are "safe and secure."

In an interview on MSNBC, Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev said he hopes American carriers will fly to Israel soon after continued fighting and rocket attacks in the region.

More: Which airlines have suspended flights to Tel Aviv?

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UN: Strong possibility humanitarian law violated in Gaza

The UN's Human Rights chief Navi Pullay said Israel's military action in Gaza could amount to war crimes. Speaking earlier today, she said:

There seems to be a strong possibility that humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.

– Navi Pullay

Read: UN says one child killed every hour for past two days in Gaza

John Kerry meets with President Abbas in Jerusalem

The US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Palestinian Authority president Abbas in Jerusalem for peace talks aimed at ending the deadly violence in Gaza.

Read: One child killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days

Israeli military defend shelling Wafa hospital in Gaza

The Israeli military have defended the bombing of Wafa Hospital in Gaza, saying it was used as a launching site for rockets fired by Hamas into Israel.

Watch: Shells land on Wafa Hospital in Gaza

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Because Hamas uses Wafa Hospital for military purposes, the IDF has targeted specific sites and terrorists within the hospital grounds.

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In recent days, Hamas has fired anti-tank missiles from Wafa Hospital. Hamas gunfire from the building continued this morning.

The bombing of the hospital, along with other attacks on civilian targets, has been criticised by the United Nations, who said it could amount to war crimes.

Read: Israel attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

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Kerry offers condolences to US citizens killed in Gaza

The US Secretary of State John Kerry, currently in Tel Aviv for talks aimed at ending the deadly violence in Gaza, offered his condolences to the families of Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli, two US citizens killed taking part in the military offensive against Gaza.

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Deaths of IDF/US citizens Max Steinberg & Sean Carmeli in #Gaza heartbreaking reminder of close bonds w/ Israel/condolences to all

Read: One child in Gaza killed every hour for past two days

Kerry: 'Steps forward' in Israel-Gaza peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said some progress has been made in efforts to end the 16 days of violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
US Secretary of State John Kerry with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: Reuters

Shortly after arriving in Jerusalem this morning for a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said:

We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done.

– John Kerry

Read: One child killed in Gaza every hour for past two days

At least 7 killed this morning in Israeli strikes in Gaza

At least seven more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes from tanks and drones in Gaza city this morning.

Hundreds more residents fled their homes to seek refuge, as Israeli tanks on the border of the Gaza Strip continued to fire shells and mortars.

More: Israel attacks on Gaza 'could amount to war crimes'

Passengers stranded in Tel Aviv after flights cancelled

Passengers have been stranded at Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv after many international flights to and from the US and Europe were cancelled due conflict in the region.

Passengers have been stranded at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.
Passengers have been stranded at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Credit: RTV
A departure board at Tel Aviv airport shows various cancelled flights.
A departure board at Tel Aviv airport shows various cancelled flights. Credit: RTV
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