Middle East

Palestinian boy Yussef, 8, smiles as he realises he is being photographed as he rounds a corner near shelled out apartment buildings while carrying bread to take back home to his father on August 14, 2014 in Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip. The other members of the family stay overnight at a UN school. Israel and Gaza militants were holding their fire today after a new truce got off to a shaky start, with night-time Palestinian rocket fire followed by Israeli air strikes.

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Palestinian boy Yussef, smiles as he rounds a corner near shelled out apartment buildings while carrying bread to take back home to his father on Thursday in Beit Hanun, northern Gaza Strip

Displaced Iraqi children from the Yazidi community are pictured in a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi in Sirnak on August 14, 2014.  The United States said Wednesday its troops found "far fewer" Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummeled besieging Islamic militants.

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Displaced Iraqi children from the Yazidi community are pictured in a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi in Sirnak

a general view of apartment buildings destroyed by Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip,

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Apartment buildings destroyed by Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip.

Aircrew aboard an RAF Hercules prepare to deliver humanitarian aid to Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains in Northern Iraq.

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Aircrew aboard an RAF Hercules prepare to deliver humanitarian aid to Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains in Northern Iraq.

Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain...Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi community leave Sinjar town, northwest Iraq, and walk towards the Syrian border

 An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Qadi Askar district of Aleppo August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Zayat

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An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Qadi Askar district of Aleppo. Syria.

Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Nineveh, arrive at Sulaimaniya province August 8, 2014. The United States began to drop relief supplies to beleaguered Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq, but there was no immediate sign on Friday of U.S. air strikes to halt the sweeping advance of Islamic State fighters.

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Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Nineveh, arrive at Sulaimaniya province on Friday. The United States began to drop relief supplies to beleaguered Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq

Displaced Palestinian Abu Amjad Nofal, 60, right, washes his face, at a U.N. school where his family had sought refuge during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The families from the Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitoun, still at the U.N. school, said they are scared to move back to their houses as they consider the cease-fire still fragile.

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Displaced Palestinian Abu Amjad Nofal, 60, washes his face at a UN school in Gaza on Thursday, where his family have sought refuge during the war

A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip...A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and began a 72-hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,834 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8, after a surge in Palestinian rocket launches.

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A Palestinian carries his belonging as he walks past a badly damaged residential building after returning to Beit Lahiya, which was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the area on Tuesday and began a 72-hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt.

Palestinians search for survivors in the debris of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in the Beach refugee camp, northern Gaza City. The attack came minutes after a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire was announced by Israeli forces.

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Palestinians search for survivors in the debris of a house destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in the Beach refugee camp, northern Gaza City. The attack came minutes after a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire was announced by Israeli forces.