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the truce in gaza is extended now. residents in the occupied territory battle the spread of disease. ♪ ♪ hello, welcome to al jazerra live from our head quarters in dough law. i am jane dutton. also coming up. no u.s. rescue mission likely but help is still need today thousands of yazidis hiding in iraq's mountains. it was the first papel trip to asia in 15 years, probe fran advertise has touched down in south korea for a 5-day visits.
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tensions remain high in the u.s. state of missouri after police fatality shoot a black teenager. a new five-day ceasefire with israel has been announced by the palestinian delegation after talks in cairo. is heel hasn't confirmed the ceasefire yet. we are looking at live picture coming to us from gaza where the cleanup in gaza continues after an israeli offensive that devastated much of the strip. nearly 2,000 palestinians have died. ♪ ♪ andrew simmons joins me now live from gaza. andrew, the palestinians have influenced a truce, what has happened since then? >> reporter: it went right to the wire those negotiations.
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right up to when the palestinians announced a five-day ceasefire, israel agreed to extend it, under what terms we are not sure. but we haven't heard from the israelis yet about their stance. then there was a really rocky start, because just after midnight, at least three rockets landed in i says reality i territory. anand the response was air strikes, bombs landing on empty, open ground. then silence, apart from the sound of drones overhead. it does appear that there is a ceasefire in place. as i say, we haven't heard from the israelis yet. but there does seem to be a much firmer situation developing now. this is the first time we have had anything beyond three days in the way of a ceasefire, however, this is the eighth attempt at a truce. as far as the people go, well, they are in a state really, a
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surreal state whereby they are really now feeling realistically they want to see developments. they want to see results. and as far as the talks go, as i say, we are waiting to hear. jane. >> you say they want see developments. they want to see help. we know that the palestinian delegation that's been in egypt is returning. what can we expect from them? >> reporter: well, what we expect is this, that the palestinian delegation is now returning part of it going to row malrue mall, a part to the a strip. there will be consultations and then engaging in talks, we assume. as i say we haven't heard from the israelis. it would appear from the various leaks that we have heard that there has been an agreement to split the issues in the sense that it the really thorny issues, such as the seaport and airport, such as israels demands to demilitarize hamas have been put to one side with some other sort of deadline.
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and the other issues, ale of them substantive, will be agreed upon line by line, stage by stage with the really difficult issues approached at a later stage, that's what we have been hearing. that's what has been leaked. what is going on in the minds of the israelis right now is unclear. but it does seem that something is rolling, that we have a substantive development at last. and, of course, the people here are hoping and praying that this will develop. israel's bombardment of gaza didn't spare its medical services. 15 out of 32 hospitals were damaged. and the world health organization says more help is needed. this was an intensive care unit in a children's hospital, it's now totally closed. a bomb went off nearby, spraying the entire building with glass and shrapnel. a two-year-old child was in this bed being resuscitated by a doctor. he couldn't complete the process. and the child died.
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another threat to children now is disease. these three brothers are all seriously ill with meningitis. and they aren't alone. infectious diseases are spreading with 10s of thousands of people homeless. this hospital is overwhelmed with demand. beds have to be shared. >> our department is overcrowded. but now we are dealing with 120. 130 cases, every day, daily. it's a disaster, catastrophe. >> reporter: many of the sick children here are from schools used by shelters of the united nations. >> we have 60 people in one room at the school and most of them are children. >> reporter: she will have to return to hershel ter because she has nowhere else to go. it's nothing more than some form of existence for the people trying to live here. like gaza's hospitals, it's overcrowded, there is drinking
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water, food rations, somewhere to sleep, but sanitation and hygiene are down. there is 5,000 people living here yet they share 15 toilets and fire howers, health officials are calling these shelters breeding ground for disease. >> if the situation persists we will go through another health crisis in terms of communicable diseases and outbreaks. >> reporter: and that's one of many worries now. the danger of an epidemic of disease. so there you have it. a humanitarian catastrophe in the making. and look behind me, because that's a common sight around here the destroyed buildings and the dilemma for people. everyone has agreed the biggest priority of all is to get the whole security situation under some level of control. people are beginning to believe in their leadership now. they are beginning to believe that there could be some form of peace ahead. they have been in a collective trauma, really, this past few
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days, when you consider the past month and a week of conflict, it's hardly surprising that people have been in shock. now they are beginning to really want to trust the politics, to trust the talks, to trust in the fact that there does seem to be some level of agreement now, some hope for real dealing. >> i am sure. andrew, thank you. let's just remind you about israel's assault on gaza, which began on the eighth of july. since then, 64 israeli soldiers have been killed, three civilians in israel have died, including a thai national. 1,957 palestinians have died, according to gaza's health minister. the u.n. says nearly three quarter of them are civilians. and 469 of children. more than 10,000 palestinians have been injured, and over 200,000 people are still taking shelter in u.n. facilities.
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in iraq that there has been a dramatic change of plan effecting the i can't seed he is. the u.s. says its special forces unlikely to try to rescue those in the sinjar mountains thousands fled the areas after attacks by the islamic stake. the pentagon says the humanitarian situation isn't as bad as originally thought. >> reporter: there is no denying the i can't seed h yazidis of ie place right now. but the pentagon says the situation has slight limb proved in the sinjar mountains where mania seed east had fled from islamic state fighters. a spokesman says many have now left the mountain range and found shelter inside kurdistan. and those left behind have enough u.s. donated food and water to get by. they have determined that an evacuation mission is far less lick lie, additionally, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance as needed. and will protect u.s. personnel and facilities.
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the u.s. made the call after military experts visited the mountain on wednesday, for the moment the decision eases what has become a dilemma for the obama administration. how to help baghdad repel the islamic state group and save the lives of iraqi sit since without deploying large numbers of ground troops. the u.s. says it will keep bombing i.s. group targets as thong as they pose a throat to the yazidis and u.s. personnel and property. but the humanitarian cries sit just starting to deepen. >> translator: the majority of the displaced are old people and young children, what we need most at the moment is food supply. but as the number of refugees is his rising the situation is getting more difficult. >> reporter: thousands of i can't seedieican'tyazidisare tuo home. >> we talked for hours, we pray to god to punish those
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responsible. >> reporter: the u.s. may be adjusting its plans to help the yazidis and other iraqs survive the threat from i.s. but officials admit even with the crisis improving in the sinjar mountains, the crisis won't be over any time soon. libya's newly elected parliament has asked the united nations for an international intervention to protect civilians. also vote today dismantle militias responsible for the violence. they have been clashing with fighters around tripoli's airport but it's still being controlled by a rival militia. pakistan's capital is in full lock down ahead of an anti government march planned by opposition groups of the leader imran kahn and opposition cleric are calling for the government to step down. they accuse the prime minister
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of vote riging in last year's election. they plan to leave thousands of supporters -- lead thousands of supporters in defines of a court order. tell us about the protest, what is is planned? >> reporter: well, as you put it rightly, islambad is in a state of lock down, but now all eyes are on islambad. we are told that even the flights coming in to islambad airport this morning are disrupted because the city is sealed off. in the next few hours, imran kahn and professor kadri will try to leave the hall. according to our contacts, professor kadri will not be allowed to leave the hall, he may be arrested. there is a lot of confluence because while on the one hand the government is saying that the march will be allowed to go ahead, that they will be allowed in islambad, at the same time, security forces are sealing the city off, they are reinforcing
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the barricades and it appears that there will be some sort of standoff when those people do arrive and if they are able to arrive there in islambad or at least on the outskirts. >> it will be interesting to see how that plays out. what are the concerns here? why are they marching on the capital? >> well, first of all, imran kahn is sewing and so is professor kadri that the last elections were rigged. imran says he knocked on every door, he went to the judiciary, however he has gotten no justice. he says the election was illegitimate. he's saying he will come to islambad and stage an indefinite sit in in islambad and ask the prime minister to resign. now yesterday the interior minister was saying that's not going to ham because it's unconstitutional. you cannot have thousands of people coming in and bringing down a government. but it appears that shareef and his government have panicked,
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they have ove overreacted and te public mood is also now turning against the government because of these blockades, entire sections of the city have been yard aneyardyard aned off. the city sat i standstill. >> let's leave it there, thank you. still ahead on al jazerra, able tensions running high. police fired tear gas in ferguson, missouri. mourning in brazil after a presidential candidate is killed in a plane crash. when you run a business, you can't settle for slow.
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♪ a reminders o top stories. a five-day ceasefire has been announced but israel has not confirmed it yet. there is a risk of disease after israeli come barred. damaged hospitals. the u.s. says its scial forces are unlikely to try to rescue yazidis in the sinjar mountain they don't need as much help as the pentagon originally thought. opposition groups in pakistan are planning an op at this-governmenan antigovernment. they are walling for the prime minister to step down. another night of tensions in the
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u.s. state of missouri. police fired several rounds of tear gas to disburse demonstrators in the town of ferguson for four days they have been protesting after a police officer fatality shot an unarmed black teenager. al jazerra journal assists covering the story were also caught up in the tear gas. ash-har ca rar has more from fe, missouri. >> reporter: diandra jackson has lived in st. louis for most of her lie. he she said tensions between the police and young have been simmerrer. >> the police is a gang. how are you going to treat me better because you have a bad. no. ignorance for the law is no excuse. >> reporter: in the st. louis suburb of ferguson that kind of anger has played out in the streets this week after a police officer killed michael brown, an unarmed black teenager. many residents say the predominantly white police force has a history of targeting blacks. >> i am troubled by every shooting. i am troubled by the shooting
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after that occurred. black on black crime. i am tired of all the killing. i don't understand at all why this is happening. >> reporter: still some residents have commended the police for their handling of the volatile atmosphere. >> i saw a lot of cops show a lot of restraint. and, you know, i think cops need to hear from from the after tan-american community too. it's a two-way street for us to make our community better. >> reporter: a nba an interview the mayor outlined some of the city's challenges. >> african-american officers are not -- are not a dime a dozen, they are -- it is hard to go out and get african-americans who want to be in police work. we talked about tonight the divide between young african americans and law enforcement. you don't see young african americans coming out in droves looking for careers in law enforcement. >> reporter: according to a 2010 census report the st. louis area remains one of the most segregated areas in the u.s., making it prone to poor schools and a high crime rate. >> apparently there is this under t.o tow that's now bubbleo
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the service it's our priority to address it and fix what is wrong. >> i guarantee st. louis will not be the same after this. so many people, and i am one of them that will not stand down. it could have been nigh they have rue. >> reporter: people here say a thorough and transparent information in to the brown shooting would be the first step toward mending a long history of racial tension. ukraine says it will only allow a russian-aid conveyed in to rebel held eastern regions if the red cross examines and distributes the contents. almost 300 trucks are approaching the border. kiev earlier vowed to block the convoy because it was worried moscow could be using it as a cover for a large-scale invasion. the u.n. says the death toll in the conflict has doubled to more than 2,000 in two weeks. let's talk to rory challands, let's talk about this convoy first, what are you hearing about it, rory? >> reporter: well, the america iness surrounding this convoy
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carries on where exactly is it headed to. because in the last few days, the intention was that it was going to be sent towards kharkiv, which is in government-controlled northern ukraine. it doesn't seem to be heading there. there was a lot of discussion about whether the ukrainians would actually let it in or not in its state, the state that it was arriving in all of these russian trucks. now it looks as if the convoy is heading down towards the region of southern russia, which borders on the rebel-held territories of donetsk, and lou afternoolouluhansk. that would make it more difficult because large chunks of the border not under ukrainian government control. it would make it easier for things to get across if the ukraine government didn't want it. >> vladimir putin, what's his
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plan there? >> reporter: well, this is a very unusual meeting that i am here to witness. essentially, the entire russian government, the entire russian parliament has basically decamped from moscow and is headed to crimea. so what we are going to see later is a meeting of the russians with all the heads of the state duma factions, presence, the prime minister is here. and, of course, vladimir putin the president as wel after that meeting has taken place, a russian government meeting in russia's newest territory. then there is going to be a keynote speech we hear delivered by the president himself. >> intriguing as you say, rory, thank you. it has been a year since the violent crack town of protesters at the square in egypt. hundreds of supporters of the former president mohamed morsi were killed. human rights watch says the incident could amount to crimes
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against humanity. but as monica reports, rights groups say the families of those who died have yet to see justi justice. >> reporter: the worst case case scenario materializing inky jim. security forces raided two en camp little of protesters. within year on the bloody events became known by the names of these locations. near cairo university and the mosque in the capitol. thousands of protesters have been gathering there for six weeks demanding the military reinstate president mohamed morrisey. they were violently removed after warnings and ultimatum united states. it was likened to a massacre. until today it's not clear how many people died.
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human rights watch says. [ inaudible ] but the 817. but 2,600 is what the muslim brotherhood says. among victims were women and children. the military argued that the protesters were widing helps but the international community condemned the raids. analysts say it marked the beginning of a government crack down of the muslim brother road. a symbol for morrisey supporters, the political speeches and large gatherings. the sit in happened during the religious month of ramadan, many wonder who will be held accountable and when? a human rights watch report says senior leaders, including then defense minister and now president fatah el sisi. and interior minister should be investigated. the movement to reen state
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egypt's first ever democratically elected president started using the symbol of a hand showing four fingers, they say they will never forget. which also means number four in arabic. monica, al jazerra. an egypt court will deliver a verdict in the murder trial against has any mubarak. they are said to have ordered hundreds of supporters. testifying in court, mubarak denied the charges and says that he has a clear conscience. in 2012, he was sentenced to life in prison for come business mississippi at this in the deaths but an appeals court ordered a retrial. al jazerra is demanding the release of its three journalists 229 days in prison for they were falsely accused of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. in june mohamed and peter were given 7-yearer is 10s, mohamed
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an extra three years because he had a spent bull net his possession which he picked up at a protest. brazilian president has declared through three days of morning in honor of presidential candidate eduardo campos who died in a plane crash on wednesday. he was killed when the small plane he was traveling crashed in a restless shall neighborhood in sao paulo brazil. the catholic pope francis has arrived in south korea. this is his first trip to asia and the first time a pope has visited the continent since 1999. flying over china the pontiff sent a message of goodwill to the country. the first of its kind. beijing does not recognize the vatican's authority. harry few set ha faucet has morm seoul. >> reporter: as far as the vatican is concerns i a visit to asia as a region. asia is seen as a real prospect of growth for the tag rick church. 3% of people across the region are catholic.
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the vast majority of those in the philippines but here in south korea there has also been control growth in the numbers. in 1985 about four and a half percent of people here identified as catholic. by 2005, in the last si census t had risen to 11% nearly of the population. so i think south korea has seen something of a model and as well as that it's also very close to china, a country which does not have diplomatic relations with the vatican, where there is an underground catholic church which bears allegiance to the pope and vatican this is a way of the pope coming here and issuing a message to followers and potential followers not just here in south korea but also around the region. in terms his schedule he will be attending an asian catholic youth conference two days of that on thursday and sunday. the centerpiece of the events will be on saturday when he delivers a mass for the 124 martyrs of early catholicism in
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this country and he will be expected to address currents-day issues as welling. the sinker the fairy tha ferry e issues around that. the issues around capitalism and the growing wealth gap something the pope has talked about as a global problem as well as north kariya, they fired three projectiles off its eastern coast in to the sea an hour before the pope arrived. he's expected to deliver a mass for reconciliation on his last day, monday. nigeria has called for volunteers to help fight the ebola virus, liberia has received the last known experiment doses of a serum to treat three doctors. it has killed more than all aiyegbeni thousand in west africa. the only railway line in nepal has been shutdown for an upgrade. local officials who depended or locals depending on the railway without many options, a report
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from napal. >> it's just 27-kilometers away, this dirt road is the only way villagers can get to the city. four bumpy hours on a local bus, with rain everybody the bus halls. up to a year ago they could be there in an hour with the railway. the only railway line in the country. >> before we went to the city for 20 rupies in the train now it costs us 90 each way on the bus, by the time we buy food and stay overnight it costs us around 500 rupies just to go to the city. >> reporter: rollings who used to work as daily wage laborers no longer have that option. services have been halt today a planned upgrade. this is the station. now a ghost town. nearby, we found this. this used to be a bustling workshop and more than 100 peel used to work here. now it's more like a railway
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graveyard. with these oldening innings expose today the elements of nature left to rust away. we met a railway mechanic who is now working as a watchman. only five employees work here, after temporary workers were laid off. >> translator: our railway was very old, 80, nineties years olds on a narrow gauge so the indian government has given us a grant to move to the new system and these machines will be useless. >> reporter: the railway department acknowledge that his it could take up to five years to complete the work. to upgrade and extends the line. a 69-kilometer track. >> translator: we, through our ministry, are working on maintaining the rain road while the railway is being rebuild we plan to blacktop the side roads so people who are cut off have easier access while the rail why is being built. >> reporter: it's been a year since the railway service
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stopped. and the local road shows no sign of being maintained for the villagers, the years until the train service resumes could be very long ones. al jazerra, napal. if you can't keep up-to-date the news is our our website >> teachers unions in cal have been dealt a big plow. teacher tenure, protecting jobs through the state's tunne public schools has been ended. it's headed for an appeal, and it's the "inside story."