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The carnage continues in Gaza, where some neighborhoods are strewn with the bodies of Palestinians, and a hospital has been shelled. Israeli soldiers have also been killed in a massive assault designed to destroy the underground network protecting rockets still being launched by Hamas. Secretary of State Kerry is on his way to neighboring Egypt, which is trying to negotiate a ceasefire. We’ll get a report from the ground and get different perspectives on how long Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” might go on.

Also, Obama pressures Putin to control Russian separatists, and “dark tourism” takes adventurous people to dangerous places.

Banner Image: The IDF continues to search for hidden terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip, used by Hamas to carry out attacks on Israelis; Credit: Israel Defense Forces

Obama Pressures Putin to Control Russian Separatists 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Near the site where Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 went down last week, combat continues, and pro-Russian separatists are in control. President Obama demanded access to the crash site, saying, "President Putin says that he supports a full and fair investigation and I appreciate those words. But they have to be supported by actions. The burden now is on Russia to insist that they stop tampering with the evidence, grant investigators who are already on the ground, immediate, full and unimpeded access to the crash site. The separatists and the Russian sponsors are responsible for the safety of the investigators doing their work. Along with our allies and partners, we will be working this issue at the United Nations today."

Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Asia.

Andrew S. Weiss, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@andrewsweiss)

Israel Pushes Deeper into Gaza 34 MIN, 53 SEC

When he spoke to reporters this morning, President Obama addressed the crisis in Gaza. He said that Secretary of State John Kerry is seeking Egypt’s help in negotiating a ceasefire.

Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse (@sarahussein)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland (@ShibleyTelhami)
Christopher Gunness, United Nations Relief and Works Agency (@ChrisGunness)
Sarit Michaeli, B'Tselem (@SaritM_BTselem)

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Dark Tourism 8 MIN, 23 SEC

There’s nothing new about war tourism. European elites came out to watch battles in the 18th and 19th century. Armies gathered at Gettysburg before audiences of spectators. Warfare in the Middle East is now a draw for adventurous tourists.

The Golan Heights has been a favorite spot for watching Syria’s civil war. One operator lures customers with this tease: “If your idea of a good time is driving through a Hezbollah rally then going to get some sushi, Beirut is definitely the edgy Mediterranean destination for you.” In the Atlantic, Debra Kamin has written about contemporary war tourism from her post as a freelance reporter in Tel Aviv.

Debra Kamin, freelance journalist (@debra_kamin)

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