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Russia’s 4-Million-Ruble Procurement Order to Crack Tor Is Suddenly Revised

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Rewriting a procurement order to hide the scary stuff? Image edited by author.

Rewriting a procurement order to hide the scary stuff? Image edited by author.

The Russian Interior Ministry has revised the language in a procurement order offering 3.9 million rubles (about USD $100,000) for developing a way to decipher user data on the Tor anonymity network.

Federal authorities published the original announcement on July 11, 2014, but Internet users and the media only became widely aware of the tender yesterday, July 24, following a report on the website TheRuNet.com. Earlier today, July 25, government officials changed the description of the procurement order, removing language about breaching individuals’ digital privacy.

The original name of the procurement order read as follows:

«Выполнение НИР «Исследование возможности получения технической информации о пользователях (пользовательском оборудовании) анонимной сети ТОR», шифр «ТОР (Флот)».

Implementation of research: “Researching the possibility of obtaining technical information about the users (the users’ equipment) of the TOR anonymity network,” codename “TOR (Fleet).”

The new description now found on the state procurement website says simply:

Выполнение научно-исследовательской работы, шифр «ТОР (Флот)»

Implementation of research, codename “TOR (Fleet).”

It is unclear why the Russian government codenamed the Tor network “TOR (Fleet).” Perhaps this is because Moscow originally assigned the codename when Tor, originally known as “the onion routing network,” was still sponsored by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Perhaps not, however, as the word “fleet” (also translatable as “navy”) appears in other procurement announcements that have nothing to do with Tor or the United States.

What is clear is that someone in Russia’s procurement office thought it wise to soften the language in the Tor decryption order, presumably to make the government in Moscow seem less bent on violating individuals’ privacy.

Tetyana Lokot assisted in the development of this article. Special thanks to Josef Cox for drawing RuNet Echo's attention to the revision online.

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Images of Air Algerie AH5017 Plane Wreckage in Mali Reveals Violent, Abrupt Crash

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VERY FIRST images of #AH5017 #AirAlgerie trickling out, via @AirLiveNet http://t.co/4pKox7rgjn pic.twitter.com/rngGTv7Rbs

— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) July 25, 2014

The first footage of the plane crash are now available thanks to a Burkinabe soldier present on the site of the wreck near Gossi, in Northern Mali. There are no survivors among the 118 people on board, including more than 50 French nationals. Algerian website Algérie Focus reports in French that:

Cette vidéo montre des débris éparpillés et broyés. La zone sablonneuse a été noircie par le crash. Sur cette vidéo, il est pratiquement impossible de repérer les pièces maîtresses de l’avion au milieu des débris.

The video shows scattered and crushed debris. The sand at the site was blackened by the crash. In the video, it is virtually impossible to identify the key components of the aircraft amid the debris.

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Alessandro Paronuzzi, Nuove storie naturali. Come sviluppare una relazione con i nostri animali.

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Il titolo rimanda intenzionalmente alle “Storie naturali” di Jules Renard, un classico della letteratura anticipatore dell’osservazione etologica.
L’intento di Alessandro Paronuzzi, veterinario che abitualmente tiene incontri nelle scuole, è di formare persone con una forte coscienza animalista, in grado di condividere un rapporto felice uomo-animale.

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Alessandro Paronuzzi, Nuove storie naturali. Come sviluppare una relazione con i nostri animali.
Collana Ecoalfabeto, Stampa Alternativa, 2010
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Pino Casamassima, Armi in pugno. La storia del Nord Est tra politica, terrorismo e criminalità.

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Le Brigate Rosse, la prima volta che uccisero, lo fecero a Padova, la città che assisteva alla nascita dell’Autonomia organizzata e ai teoremi giudiziari che portarono al processo 7 aprile. Ma il Veneto fu anche la culla dell’eversione neofascista, quella di Ordine Nuovo, che metteva le bombe sui treni e che inaugurò gli anni di piombo con la strage di piazza Fontana.
E sempre nel Nord Est nacquero e si svilupparono fenomeni criminali autoctoni, come la mafia del Brenta di Felice Maniero. Un’area che passò dalla miseria e dall’emigrazione alla prosperità economica coltivando alcuni dei fenomeni che hanno fatto la storia dell’intera nazione.

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Pino Casamassima, Armi in pugno. La storia del Nord Est tra politica, terrorismo e criminalità.
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Cristiano recibe 90.000 dólares después que había sido despedido ilegalmente por evangelizar

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Un hombre irlandés fue recompensado recientemente con 94.290 dólares por haber sido despedido ilegalmente por lo que una vez fue el Consejo del Condado del Sur de Tipperary donde él había evangelizado en varias ocasiones durante la jornada laboral.

El cristiano John McAteer, había sido advertido durante dos años que no …
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La generación ‘millennial’ le dice no al matrimonio, revela estudio

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Según un reciente estudio, la generación ‘millennial’ (nacidos entre las décadas de 1980 y 2000) no desea casarse.

Los adultos jóvenes de hoy en día van en camino a tener los índices más bajos de matrimonio para cuando cumplan 40 años, en comparación con cualquier otra generación anterior.

Si el …
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Menos del 3% de la población de EE.UU. se identifica como homosexual

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A pesar de que el público estadounidense cree que la cifra es mucho mayor, menos del 3 por ciento de la población de EE.UU. se identifica como gay, lesbiana o bisexual, según la primera encuesta del gobierno a gran escala que mide la orientación sexual de los estadounidenses, llevada a …
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Cristianos chinos impiden retiro de una cruz pero no el cierre de su iglesia

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Pekín.-La Policía china se enfrentó con un grupo de manifestantes cristianos que consiguieron evitar la retirada de una cruz en una iglesia en el condado de Pingyang, en la provincia de Zhejiang, según informaron los testigos que criticaron la presión policial.

Los altercados empezaron a las dos de la mañana y …
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Tajikistan Still Blocking Popular Russian Social Network

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Screenshot of the main page of Odnoklassniki. The Russian social network has been blocked for the last week in Tajikistan.

Screenshot of the main page of Odnoklassniki. The Russian social network has been blocked for the last week in Tajikistan.

Tajik officials are heavy-handed in their regulation of the Internet, regularly blocking websites that publish critical content. Social media suffers the same fate — both YouTube and Facebook have been blocked several times in recent years. On July 9, YouTube was blocked once more, and remains blocked. But recently, one of the most popular social networks in country, Odnoklassniki, was blocked for the first time.

Odnoklassniki is a Russian social network, in which more than 300,000 citizens of Tajikistan are registered. (By way of comparison, there are only 60,000 registered profiles on Facebook from the Central Asian state). Many Tajiks use Odnoklassniki to connect with their families working as labour migrants in Russia. On July 18, some users of the website discovered access was blocked. Later some Internet Service Providers confirmed that they had blocked access, but didn't say why.

Asomiddin Atoev, the chairman of Tajikistan's Association of Internet Service Providers, told the press that providers block sites when they have orders from the state Communications Service, and that nowadays these orders take an oral formHowever, representatives of the service, headed by the unpopular Beg Saburdeny involvement in the blocking

While the reasons for the blocking aren't clear yet, experts and netizens believe it is connected with the activity of oppositionists and, possibly, Islamic radicals. Odnoklassniki user Mahmuddzhon Ismail told Radio Ozodi, the Tajik branch of Radio Free Europe:

Ҷавонони тоҷик, ки дар Сурия ҳастанд, наворҳои худро дар ин ҷо нашр мекарданд. Тамоми гурӯҳҳои ифротӣ бо забони тоҷики фикру ақидаҳои худро дар «Одноклассники» нашр мекунанд. Аз вақте, ки Ютюб баста шуд, дигар ҳама аз ин ҷо истифода мекарданд. Ин ҷавонони ифротӣ бисёр ҳарфҳои нохуб мегуфтанд, ки фикр мекунам, ки ба дигар ҷавонон бетаъсир набуд. Тахмин мекунам, ки ба ҳамин хотир ин шабака маҳдуд шудааст.

Guys from Tajikistan who are fighting in Syria post their videos on this site. All extremist groups use this network to propagate their ideas in Tajik language. As soon as YouTube was closed, they moved over to Odnoklassniki. I think they influenced many young people. This I believe, is the reason for blocking the site.

In the past, the Tajik government has had plenty of more self-serving reasons to block social networking and video-sharing websites, including President Emomali Rahmon's vocal performance at his son's wedding, which led to a YouTube block, and the persistent thorn in its side that is Platforma, a Facebook group with over 15,000 followers that criticizes the government and promotes opposition leaders.

But until recently, Odnoklassniki was not regarded as an opposition mouthpiece. One user, Mihalich, took the block very emotionally:

В чём [Зло Одноклассников]?? В общении с друзьями по всему миру,возможность смотреть фото друзей и т.д, в этом зло)))))??? Всё правильно,нужно как и раньше ходить на почту отправлять телеграмму и ждать ответ или письмо месяц))))))) И далой скайп!!!! На фиг это лёгкое общение,вернёмся к голубиной почте!!!!!

What [is Odnoklassniki's evil]?? In communication with friends all over the world, in the possibility of viewing friend's photos and so on – is there evil in this)))))??? Alright, you have to now go to a post office as before, send a telegram and wait a month for an answer))))))) And down with Skype! For what do we need this easy communication? Let's return to pigeon-mail!!!!!

Others, like Bekormuse on a now long-standing tradition of website-blocking in Tajikistan, and what that tradition says about the government:

Маразм крепчает. Как только что случится- интернет блокировать. Страна под пятой идиотизма

Insanity grows stronger. Once something happens, the Internet is blocked. The country is under the heel of idiocy

Dilovar jokes bitterly:

В Таджикистане в 2015 году заблокируют и отключат всех людей

In 2015, in Tajikistan, they will block and shut down all people

Some netizens, like Islom, believe the blocking is a senseless strategy:

можно зайти на одноклассники через обходные пути, почти 75% населения знают как. Нету смысла закрыт сайт через провайдеров.

You can work around the block and visit Odnoklassniki, and nearly 75% of the [Internet-using] population knows how to do this. There is no sense in providers blocking websites.

Sergey_I, meanwhile, compares Odnoklassniki with alcohol:

одноклассники – это зло. Но это как алкоголь, сигареты и прочее, вредные привычки

Odnoklassniki is evil. in the same way as alcohol, cigarettes and other pernicous habits are.

Jagonhir from Dushanbe, like many others, complains of the “obscene” information, one can find on Odnoklassniki:

очень хорошо что закрыли доступ к сайту оно отнимает очень много времени и там очень много пошлого

It's very good that they blocked access to the site, it is very time-consuming and there is a lot of vulgarity there

But many go further and write that Odnoklassniki is a public threat and a potential agent of revolution:

Очень хорошо что вы закрыли эти сайты через них люди портятся и наши дети ,экстремисты пользуясь этим служат всяким иностраным провакаторам чтобы они имели у нас своих агентов вербуя через интернет ресурсы ,мне как жителю родного таджикистана не нужны всякие сатанинские арабские революции

It’ very good that you have blocked these sites, they spoil our people and our children, extremists use them to serve foreign provocateurs who have their agents among us, recruited via means of the Internet. I, as a citizen of my dear Tajikistan, don't need any satanic Arab revolutions

 Some netizens also appreciate the timing of the block, since currently it is Ramadan, the Islamic holy month:

Это разумный поступок тем более во время священного месяца Рамазан. Лучше всего думать о безопасности наших детей и родных.

It is a reasonable action especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It is better to think of the security of our children and family.

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Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

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TV Rain owner Aleksandr Vinokurov posted on Twitter that Vladimir Putin was on his way to Ukraine to negotiate with President Poroshenko. That wasn't the real story. Images mixed by author.

TV Rain owner Aleksandr Vinokurov posted on Twitter that Vladimir Putin was on his way to Ukraine to negotiate with President Poroshenko. That wasn't the real story. Images mixed by author.

The owner of a prominent TV news channel caused an uproar this week when he tweeted a fake news story about Vladimir Putin rushing to Kyiv for emergency peace talks. Aleksandr Vinokurov, owner of TV Rain, exploited the public's heightened interest in Ukraine to shock Russians into considering the potential harm of new regulations on the blogosphere, which take effect next month.

In the midst of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash investigation and the continuing tensions in Eastern Ukraine, RuNet users are hanging onto every new bit of news and gossip about the actions of Ukraine, Russia, and the West. Any innocent tweet or post can set the news agenda aflame, especially if it mentions Vladimir Putin.

On the morning of July 20, three days after the MH17 crash, Vinokurov tweeted the following news:

Президент Путин позвонил Порошенко и вылетел в Киев, чтобы обсудить с украинским коллегой варианты мирного разрешения конфликта на Донбассе

— Винокуров Александр (@Vinokurov12) July 20, 2014

President Putin called Poroshenko and flew to Kyiv to discuss the options for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbass with his Ukrainian colleague.

He made no other comment, did not provide links or sources, and did not post follow-ups. There was no confirmation of the visit on either of the official Presidential websites. Internet users were at first surprised, then skeptical, then disbelieving.

Twitter user MaryEl immediately questioned the story:

@Vinokurov12 Правда?

— MaryEl (@maryel2002) July 20, 2014

Really?

Owner of the parody account Navalny's Cat joked that the tweet was actually authored by Aram Gabrelyanov, CEO of the intensely pro-Kremlin publishing house NewsMedia:

@Vinokurov12 Арам Ашотович, перелогиньтесь!

— Кот Навального (@navalny_cat) July 20, 2014

Aram Ashotovich, please login under your own name!

Some users, like Russian fun, were inclined to believe in Vinokurov‘s credible reputation, but wanted to see other sources:

@yesfree33 Винокуров вроде нормальный журналист. Ну посмотрим, что скажу остальные СМИ.

— Russian fun (@Russianhumor) July 20, 2014

Vinokurov seems to be a decent journalist. Well, let's see what the other media will say.

Vinokurov stayed conspicuously silent on social media for the next four hours, while speculation raged among Russian and Ukrainian netizens. Finally, around 10:30 in the morning, Moscow time, he appeared on Facebook. Vinokurov did not directly debunk the information, but instead presented it as a case study in what he called “intellectual provocation.” He explained that his earlier experiment in posting a fake news story was to show how it could go viral — and how such things would no longer be allowed in Russia, after a new “Law on Bloggers” takes effect in August.

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“Интеллектуальная провокация” — новый жанр для медиа. Мог бы быть довольно перспективным. Хорошая цитируемость, высокая виральность. Вовлекает аудиторию в тему лучше, чем обычная колонка (opinion). Мог бы. Но с 1 августа 2014 года запрещен в РФ для использования в социальных сетях в соответствии 97-ФЗ.

“Intellectual provocation” — a new genre for the media. Could be a very promising one. Great citation rate, highly viral. Engages the audience in the topic a lot better then a regular opinion column. Could be. But starting on August 1, 2014, it's banned in the Russian Federation for use in social networks in accordance with [Federal Law] 97.

Although Vinokurov claimed his actions were essentially demonstrating the constraints of new Internet laws in Russia, the audience did not take kindly to his “intellectual provocation.”

Facebook user Dmitri Kojevnikov did not enjoy the euphemism:

“Интеллектуальная провокация” — пиздеж на либспике?

“Intellectual provocation” — is that “bullshitting” in liberal speak?

User Tatiana Kulichik accussed Vinokurov of being a simple internet troll:

Чем отличается от троллинга?

How is this different from trolling?

Another Facebook user, Vladimir Lazutkin sarcastically pointed out that he fails to see the harm in banning lies online:

Врать запретили! Какая досада!))

Lying is forbidden! What a pity! :)

In his didactic post about the whole affair, Vinokurov refers to one of the several new laws aimed at regulating (and censoring) the Russian Internet. 97-FZ, also known as the “Law on Bloggers,” was adopted in May and comes into force on August 1, 2014. Besides requiring popular bloggers to assume what is basically the status of a mass media outlet, the law demands that these people “verify the credibility of the published information available to the public before it is published and immediately delete published information that has been proven false.” (You can read the full text of the law in Russian here.)

Was Vinokurov's stunt cruel in such a fraught situation, given the already jittery state of media, bloggers, and Internet users? Probably. Was it successful at making a point about the harshness of the new Russian Internet regulations? Maybe. Will it help change the situation and promote the freedom of speech and responsible sharing of information? Probably not.

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Gaza Survivor’s Twitter Timeline Reveals the Slow Horror of the Massacre at Khuza’a

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From the Israeli Red Cross Twitter account, "Yesterday we helped hundreds of people to evacuate from affected areas in #Gaza #BeitHanoun #Shujaia #Khuzaa"

From the Israeli Red Cross Twitter account, “Yesterday we helped hundreds of people to evacuate from affected areas in #Gaza #BeitHanoun #Shujaia #Khuzaa”

Reports of an apparent massacre and massive destruction in the cut-off Palestinian town Khuza’a, 500 metres from to the Gaza-Israel border, have been coming in since Tuesday, July 22. 

Most reporters covering the Israeli operation in Gaza have not made it to Khuza'a, a town of 9,700 people. This area in the south is cut-off from the eyes and ears of the world, but one young resident – Mahmoud Ismail, has been tweeting horror stories in Arabic from the village.

One tweet said “snipers are centered on top of buildings in Khuza'a, targeting anyone trying to leave his home.” Another said, “Khuza'a is gone, there are hundreds injured and bodies all over the streets and under ruins. No one knows numbers.” Later he tweeted, “Red cross ambulances standing two kilometres away from Khuza'a. Injured are running two kilometres to get treatment.”

Many people have retweeted his words hundreds of times, while translations of his tweets have also been retweeted dozens of times.

A total of 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 injured since Israel launched an operation in Gaza 18 days ago. As civilian death tolls mount, Israel’s military says it is warning Gazans living in targeted areas to leave, but Palestinians have no where to go. The narrow 40-kilometer-long coastal strip is surrounded by fences and concrete walls along its north and east with Israel and on its south border with Egypt.

Khuza'a has no water, food and safe shelters, according to a first-hand account published on the progressive Jewish news site Mondoweiss. The Palestinian Center of Human Rights which has been publishing daily reports of the Israel offensive said in their July 23 report: Israeli forces maintained their incursion into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, and there are reports that there are dozens of Palestinian casualties in the village, and medical crews were denied access to them.  When many civilians attempted to leave the village, Israeli forces fired at them, killing 4.

On July 24, Red Cross ambulances were finally allowed to enter the village and an Al Jazeera crew accompanied them; this Al Jazeera video shows bodies lying on the street and rescue teams searching through rubble.  

Here are the haunting tweets Mahmoud Ismail has been posting from Khuza'a since Monday:

في بيوت انقصفت ومش معروف إذا فيها ناس أو لأ. المنايك بيستهدفوا كل شي بيتحرّك. محدّش قادر يساعد حدا. والصواريخ وشظاياها بتضرب كل شي. حرفيًا

@Ibn3arbi: There are houses that have been bombed and we do not know whether there are people inside them or not. The f***ers target anything moving. No one can help anyone. Rockets and shrapnel are hitting everything. Literally.

القصف على خزاعة مستمر من 13 ساعة. حول بيتي بس في 10 شهداء تصفى دمهم بسبب عدم إسعافهم. عشرات العائلات محاصرة والجيش بيضرب نار ع كل حدا بتحرك.

@Ibn3arbi: Non-stop shelling on Khuza'a for 13 hours. Around my house alone, there are 10 people killed. They were bleeding to death because they were not rescued by ambulances. Tens of families under siege and the army is shooting anyone moving.

الدبابات محاصرة البلد من جميع الجهات بدون ما تتعمق لجوّا لكن القنّاصة متمركزين على أعلى عمارات بخزاعة وبيستهدفوا أي شخص بيحاول يخرج من بيته

@Ibn3arbi: Tanks are surrounding the town from all sides without getting deeper in but snipers are centered on top of buildings in Khuza'a, targeting anyone trying to leave his home.

أسماء شهداء أستطيع تأكيدها: سليمان قديح وابنه أكرم قديح، تيسير قديح وابنه محمود، حلمي أبو رجيلة وابنه عبّاس، جهاد قديح، ابراهيم أبو رجيلة.

@Ibn3arbi: Names of martyrs I can confirm: Slaiman Qadih and his son Akram. Tayseer Qadih and his son Mahmoud. Hilmy Abu Rjila and his son Abbas. Jihad Qadih and Ibrahim Abu Rjaila.

منايك الصليب حكولنا إنهم واقفين ع أول البلد مستعدين يخلونا ولمّا كل الناس راحوا هناك مكانوش ولقوا الجيش وفتح نار وتصاوبوا عشرات.

@Ibn3arbi: The Red Cross told us they are at the entrance of the town and are ready to evacuate us. When everyone went there, they didn't find them. There was the army who started shooting at them and injured tens.

خزاعة راحت

@Ibn3arbi: Khuza'a is gone

أنا وأهلي طلعنا. إصابة طفيفة. في مئات الإصابات وجثث في الشوارع وتحت الأنقاض. محدّش بيعرف العدد

@Ibn3arbi: My family and I got out. I got a small injury. There are hundreds injured and bodies all over the streets and under ruins. No one knows numbers.

بيوتنا إنقصفت ع روسنا. بيوت كل أهل خزاعة

‏@Ibn3arbi: Our houses are bombed over our heads. All the houses of Khuza'a.

إسعاف الصليب واقف 2 كيلو بعيد عن خزاعة. المصابين بيجروا 2 كيلو علشان يتم اسعافهم.

@Ibn3arbi: Red cross ambulances standing 2 kilometres away from Khuza'a. Injured are running 2 kilometres to get treatment.

الكثير من شهداء خزاعة كانوا أصيبوا ونزفوا حتى الموت في انتظار اسعافهم. راقبت من شباك غرفتي ولساعات كل مراحل موت فتى في العشرين من عمره

@Ibn3arbi: Many martyrs in Khuza'a were killed after being injured and bleeding to death, waiting for ambulances. I watched from my room's window for hours all the death stages of a man in his 20′s.

طبيب واحد في البلدة، كمال أبو رجيلة، بذل جهد جبار مع الاصابات التي كانت تصل عيادته بإعجاز حتى بعد أن تم قصف عيادته وإصابته واستشهاد والده

@Ibn3arbi: One doctor in town, Kamal Abu Rjila, made great efforts with injuries coming to his clinic. Miraculous. Even after his clinic was hit and he was injured and his father killed.

الجيش استخدم حوالي 10 عائلات كدرع بشري ضد نيران المقاومة. كل البيوت التي سيطر عليها منع سكانها من المغادرة أو تحصين أنفسهم في غرف أفضل

‏@Ibn3arbi: The [Israeli] army used 10 families as human shields against the resistance fire. They did not allow anyone to leave the buildings they controlled. They did not even allow them to move to safer rooms.

تم قصف البيت الذي كنت أحتمي فيه مع 50 رجل وطفل وامرأة. نجوت وعائلتي بمعجزة ولا أملك أدنى فكرة عما حل بالآحرين لكن حذائي ابتل تماما بدمائهم

@Ibn3arbi: The house that I was seeking refuge at with other 50 men, women, and children was hit. I survived with my family in a miracle. I have no idea what happened to others but my shoe is soaked with their blood.

أمام عيني سقط طفل صغير كانت تحمله أمه بيد وباليد الثانية ترفع راية بيضاء. ابنها مات. استخدمت الراية ككفن وأكملت طريقها مع باقي أطفالها. رعب.

@Ibn3arbi: With my own eyes, I saw a woman holding a small child in her hand and a white flag in the other. Her son died and she used the flag as a shroud and continued walking with the rest of her children. Horror.

في الطريق الذي سلكناه وجدت جثة عمي وابنه ملقاة في الشارع بجانب بيتهم. كان القناصة يستهدفون الناس في أقدامهم في محاولة لمنعهم عن الهروب

@Ibn3arbi: On the way we took out, we found my uncle and his son dead on the sidewalk by their house. Snipers were targeting people's feet to prevent them from escaping.

خزاعة ما فيها كهربا من 60 ساعة. والجيش (وشظايا قذائفه) استهدف خزانات المياه على أسطح المنازل. الأطفال معنا بكوا حتى الإغماء بسبب العطش

@Ibn3arbi: Khuza'a has no electricity for the past 60 hours. The [Israeli] army and its shrapnel targeted water tanks on roofs. Children were crying and fainting because of thirst.

القصف المدفعي كان يتم بشكل عشوائي ولا أي شيء في العالم يمكنه أن يقنعني بعكس ذلك

@Ibn3arbi: The bombing was being done randomly. Nothing in the world can convince me otherwise.

ابن عمّتي استشهد أثناء محاولته إنقاذه أخيه المصاب والملقى في الشارع. الاثنين استشهدوا فوق بعضهم.

@Ibn3arbi: My cousin was killed when trying to rescue his injured brother in the street. They died together.

الوضع كان مرعب ومأساوي وأي محاولة لوضعه بكلمات ستكون مبتذلة ولن تعطي المجزرة حقها. أنا وأهلي خرجنا أحياء لكنني لا أملك أدنى تفسير كيف وليش.

‏@Ibn3arbi: The situation was horrifying and tragic. Any attempt to put it in words won't describe the massacre enough. Me and my family got out alive but I have no explanation how and why.

‏كل هذا الموت وهذه الاصابات هي من تعداد ما بقي من السكّان أي حوالي 3 آلاف. 70٪ من أهل خزاعة كانوا قد هربوا وأخلوا بيوتهم قبل المجزرة بليلة.

@Ibn3arbi: All this death and injuries happened to the 3,000 people left in this town. Seventy per cent of Khuza'a’s inhabitants escaped and evicted their houses a night before the massacre.

ولسّا في جثث في الشوارع. ولسّا في مصابين بيستنوا يصيروا جثث. ولسّا في ناس عالقة مش قادرة تطلع

@Ibn3arbi: There are still dead bodies in the streets. Still injured people waiting to become dead bodies. Still people stuck and cannot get out.

If you scroll back a few months on Ismail's timeline, he was tweeting inspirational videos, some featuring Maya Angelou, lots of football and music videos,  including a hypnotic Yemeni blues song and stories about the troubles Gazans go through trying to cross the Rafah border into Egypt.

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Photo: Watching Rockets Fly Over Gaza from Space

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From outer space, astronaut Alexander Gerst watches as Gaza erupts in flames. He tweets:

My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel pic.twitter.com/jNGWxHilSy

— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 23, 2014

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