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Israel closes Gaza crossings

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Israel has closed crossings into Gaza following a rocket attack on the Israeli town of Sderot by Palestinian fighters.

Monday’s closures were the first during this Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

The rocket hit an open area in Sderot, starting a fire but causing no casualties.

The attack, the first in nearly three weeks, violates a June ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction that rules Gaza.

No one claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Following the incident, Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, ordered that the crossings be closed indefinitely.

The move effectively seals off the Gaza Strip which badly needs supplies for its 1.5 million Palestinians.

Hamas denounced the Israeli reaction as "sabotage" against the truce.


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What lies beneath Kashmir violence?

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(source: Press TV)

Indian-administered Kashmir has been engulfed in a series of anti-government protests since June. The demonstrations on occasions have turned violent, leaving more than 40 people killed.

The following is the transcript Press TV’s discussion with Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur from the World Kashmir Freedom Movement and Amitabh Mattoo, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, regarding the recent violence in Kashmir.

Press TV: The protests — and the violent crackdown — seem to have suddenly escalated in recent days. Twenty-seven of the at least 41 deaths have occurred since Friday. Is the situation spiraling out of control?

Thakur: Absolutely. The only answer is yes. Beyond that, the only thing that I can say is, the same thing that the people of Kashmir are currently saying, which is, "GO INDIA GO, QUICK KASHMIR."

Beyond that, there is nothing left to say. You cannot kill students and young people. It does not matter what age they are. It does not matter where they are from, it does not matter who they are, whether they are male or female. They (the Indian police) are mercilessly killing our youth and our people of Kashmir indiscriminately.

Press TV: The central government flew 1,500 extra troops to the region after the region’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, asked for further assistance in a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday. But even pro-Indian politicians like the head of the People’s Democratic Party have denounced the decision to summon extra troops. They say that is not the right way to go. So is it the right move or not?

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Call for creation of united nations war crimes commission

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Call for creation of United Nations War Crimes Commission

 Vienna, 8 January 2009

 I.P.O. Information Service

 In a statement issued today, the President of the International Progress Organization, Dr. Hans Koechler, called upon the United Nations Organization to establish a War Crimes Commission with the mandate to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of occupied Gaza (Palestine), to record them and help prepare indictments in conformity with the mandatory provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August 12, 1949 (Fourth Geneva Convention).

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