‘My saddest photo yet’: Astronaut tweets Gaza conflict from space


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German astronaut Alexander Gerst has tweeted a photo of the Gaza conflict from space, saying it was his ‘saddest photo yet.


Gerst was onboard the International Space Station when he captured the conflict, claiming that he could see ‘rockets and explosions’ firing over the region. 

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

— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 23, 2014

The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into the Gaza offensive, backing calls by the Palestinians to hold Israel to account, despite fierce opposition from the Jewish state.

The decision came after a marathon seven-hour emergency session of the top UN human rights body, where the Israelis and the Palestinians traded accusations over war crimes.

The Palestinian death toll climbing to 714 and airlines continuing to suspend flights to Israel over rocket fears.

Palestinian medics said Israeli attacks on Thursday hiked the death toll to 714 with a Gaza-based rights group saying more than 80 per cent of them were civilians.

Eighteen people were killed early on Thursday and 66 died in bombardments on Wednesday, medics said – most in Khuzaa on the Israeli border, close to the southern city of Khan Yunis.

The Israeli army said three more soldiers were killed inside Gaza on Wednesday, raising to 32 the total number of soldiers killed since the start of a ground operation on July 17.