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British Muslim and Jewish leaders unite over Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate after the ceasefire was announced. Credit: Khatib Abed Rahim/ABACA

Muslim and Jewish leaders in the UK have issued an unprecedented joint statement, calling on both faiths to "export peace" to Gaza.

The Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews made the joint call an open-ended truce was agreed in the Middle East.

Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory following the recent conflict, which is thought to have claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.

The MCB and the BoD said they condemned the civilian casualties and hoped for "lasting peace", while also stating Muslims and Jews should "get to know one another".

The death of every civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all.

– Muslim Council of Britain and Board of Deputies of British Jews

Islamist fighters 'take control of Syria border crossing'

Al Qaida's Syrian branch Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a monitoring group has said.

Smoke billows on the border between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Credit: RTV

The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the Quneitra post on the Syrian side from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad following fierce clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Stray fire from Syria wounds Israeli soldier near border

Stray fire from Syria wounded an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military has said, as fighting between rebels and the Syrian army approached the border area.

Israeli emergency services said the soldier was wounded by errant mortar shell and evacuated to a local hospital.

Local media reported shortly after the incident that Syrian rebels had taken hold of the Quneitra border crossing.


Egypt urges resumption of Gaza ceasefire talks

Egypt has called on Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume ceasefire talks.

Violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

A view of what witnesses said was an explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City Credit: Reuters

A senior Egyptian diplomat said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas had informed Sisi that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks, but Hamas has not immediately confirmed the report.

Gaza health officials said five people, including two children, were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.

Four more Palestinians were killed in other strikes.

The Israeli military said Gaza militants had fired more than 40 rockets at Israel and no Israeli casualties were reported.

Cars and houses damaged in fatal Gaza mortar attack

This photo shows the aftermath of a mortar attack launched from the Gaza Strip which killed an Israeli child.

Aftermath of a mortar attack from Gaza in southern Israel Credit: Reuters

More than 80 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, wounding people at a synagogue in Ashdod and two others in Beersheba and Sderot, Israeli police said.

Child's death would be fourth Israeli civilian casualty

Israeli security sources have said that the four-year-old was killed in a collective farm close to the border with the Gaza Strip.

The boy would be the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed in an attack from the coastal territory since the outbreak of conflict on July 8, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week.

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