>> israel says that two of its citizens are being held in the gaza strip, at least one by hamas. hello, this is al jazeera, live from doha. also on the programme - forced to flee their homes, a number of syrian refugees passes 4 million. world powers make a final push for a nuclear deal with iran in vienna. pope francis calls for more help for the poor as his homecoming tour of latin american moves on to bolivia
the israeli government is accusing hamas of holding at least one of two israeli citizens missing in the gaza strip. an ethiopian israeli has not been seen since last year the second is an israeli palestine. live to gaza strip, and imtiaz tyab is there. what do we know? >> at this stage, very little. however, we have reached out to hamas for comment after this gag order in israel was lifted. and it was revealed that at least one of its citizens was being held by hamas. now, we spoke with senior hamas spokesmen, who said that he had nothing to say. in saying that though over the past few days from statements made from senior hamas officials, there are some suggestions or some illusions to
the fact that an israeli may be held in gaza. a few days ago the leader of hamas, in a statement to the media said - i should preface this by saying he was talking about negotiations mediated by european powers that hamas would not agree to a deal with israel unless the soldiers or unless the people or rather the hamas figures held by israel that were agreed to be released by israel as part of the gilad shalit deal were released and he'd entertain the notion of returning to israel the israeli soldiers. we believe at the time what that meant was that the remains of israeli soldiers who died during that war was what he was talking about. it's clear he may be alluding to the fact that israeli citizens
may be held in gaza. >> do we know what they may have been doing in gaza and you talked about a gagging other being lifted. what is that about? >> that's right. the israeli government insisted on basically the media not being allowed to discuss this in public. that's why 11 months after one of these israeli citizens came into gaza from what we understand from a hole in the fence near a beach area that gaza shares along the border with israel that basically the media couldn't talk about it. the case was filed in the court, that case won, and we are allowed to talk about it. the real sort of details behind how this man, or why this man game into gaza and, more importantly, if and why he's held by hamas those details are
few and far between. we have heard from the israeli media about some of those details, but here in gaza we haven't heard anything at all imtiaz tyab there, live in gaza russia's foreign minister says a deal over iran's nuclear programme is within reach. sergey lavrov is on its way to vienna, where world powers are locked in talks with iran. they are trying to timize a deal friday morning so they are ready to be presented to congress. diplomatic editor james bays is there. signs are that a deal may be close. >> i think we are edging slowly perhaps, towards a deal. i want to be cautious here but the delegations are meeting in a luxury hotel behind me and there's a sense of guarded optimism, i think. it had its ups and downs through
the whole process, and through this final stage of the process taking place here in vienna. let me tell you the few optimistic signs that people are pointing to. first is the fact that president obama had a conference call with his negotiating team who are here in vienna. and it's worth reminding you that when we had the interim deal in lausanne that was preceded a few days before with a conference call with president obama and the negotiators running through a final strategy and points of the proposed deal. i think that is important, number one. also some of the comments that people are making today - the head of the iranian atomic energy organization the technical negotiation from iran told reporters at the start of his meeting with u.s. energy secretary, maybe today is the last day, and pointed out
optimistic comments from sergey lavrov, who is at a summit of b.r.c.s countries. he's not here with the other foreign ministers. most have come back in the last few hours. what is interesting is that mr sergey lavrov says that he will return to vienna when he believes it's close. that may be the final sign that things are close. today is yet another deadline day here in vienna not a formal deadline, but a deadline set by the u.s. congress. under the legislation that was passed. if a deal is done today, the 9th congress gets 30 days to review it. if it's down after the ninth, they get 50 days it's in everyone's view to get the 60 days. congress does not want this looked at too long. iranians know if there's a longer review it will be longer
before they get the sanctions abuse. >> the number of syrian refugees exceeded 4 million, making it a single large crisis. in 25 years. 7.5 million people are displaced in syria, most fled to neighbouring countries. turkey is hosting 1.8 million refugees. 250,000 are in iraq. egypt is hosting 130,000, and jordan has been providing asylum for 600,000s syrians. al jazeera's correspondent reports. >> reporter: 4 million and counting. refugees in the camp didn't think the conflict in syria would blast this long or force this many people out of the country. this is one of the camp's oldest residents. 2.5 years later he's adjusted to
life as a refugee, but had this reaction when told the numbers had reached 4 million. >> translation: this is a disaster. it means the entire population will be displaced. it makes me feel that the conflict will drag on for years, and a return to syria is impossible. from the camps oldest residents, they had lived in the council for deciding to survive on their own. he returned to the camp two months ago. >> translation: i left the camp because my children couldn't survive the scorching heat of summer in the tent. i have to pay for rent. i was forced to return. >> reporter: when asked what they want from the international community many wanted on end to the carnage in syria. the united nations called the
refugee crisis the worst humanitarian disaster. half of the people in syria have been displaced, including 4 million forced to leave neighbouring countries. there is no sign of when the refugees will be able to return home. the international community had been generous. the scale of the crisis was so big that donors were thinking about how the funding could be sustained. >> already this year people have less access to services. there are agencies cutting back on the systems. it's pushing them back to the camps, funded by the international community, or pushing them to return to syria. when you have families telling you i'm going back because i can't earn a living here and they prefer to live in a war zone, you know how desperate they are. >> the u.n. refugee agency says around 80% of syrian refugees
are living below the poverty line. 70% are sending children out to beg and are engaging in degrading or illegal work. many say this is a sign of how desperate people have become yemen's government in exile laid out conditions for a ceasefire, there seems to be little prospect of an agreement with houthi rebels. it comes as aid groups warn the humanitarian situation is worsening by the day the ambulances keep coming with more wounded people as the fighting in yemen continues. this is one of the functional hospitals, and there's limited power to keep the machines running. everyone is relying on generators and fuel is in short supply. this is a fighter for a worse calling themselves the popular resistance. he was loyal to houthis and
others. he still has a bullet in his leg. his wife needs neighbour's help to bring him to the hospital. >> translation: right now i ask only for the resistance fighters to recognise my husband's wound, get them medical treatment or get them out of yemen. >> saudi led fights and fighting allowed in little aid for an impoverished yemen. more than 3 500 have been wounded since the conflict in march. the numbers of wounded are in their thousands. they are calling for help. >> translation: we have spoken to officials, local and international n.g.o.s about our situation. we are under siege. >> reporter: i mid heavy fighting hopes of a ceasefire are low. in a letter yemen's president
set conditions for a truce, wanting houthis and their allies to withdraw. the aid could only be delivered by u.n. organization. under u.n. monitoring the 5-day truce could be extended. despite the government backing off demands like a houthi withdrawal. the houthis do not want a ceasefire. >> the houthis and political parties in yemen will never accept any condition because there must be no precompanies for a ceasefire. >> the human envoy is in sanaa, trying to get houthi fires to agree to a ceasefire before the month of ramadan. the envoy has their work cut out for him. more weapons means more wounded. more pressure on struggling
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. hello, the top stories on al jazeera. the israeli government said two of its citizens are being held in the gaza strip, one by hamas.
an ethiopian israeli has been missing since last year the second man is believed to be an israeli palestinian russia's foreign minister said is deal is within reach over the nuclear programme. world powers locked to reach agreement by friday. the numbers of refugees reaching 4 million, making it a single biggest crisis. chinese stocks rallied on thursday after the gas banned shareholders. it's beijing's most drastic step to stop a sell off wiping trillions off the market value. since mid-june prices have been in meltdown loading more than $3 million. the government pumped billions into the market to support
prices. al jazeera's scott heidler has more from beijing, and why small vestors are caught up in the -- small investors are caught in the stock market slide. >> there aren't many places mechanisms for the growing middle class to invest their money, for it to grow. i spoke with one. he said "what am i going to do? put it in the bank", put it into real state, or put it into this booming stock market that we saw. 150% increase in a year to year that ended in june. a lot of these, 85% of the market those that trade stocks are not professional. they are individual investors, that's unlike any market in the world. in the united states. individual investors are less than half. here it's 85%. 90 million are investing. there's no other way.
if you want to invest. if you want to make the stock market grow. it was the best place to put it until a few weeks ago greek banks will remain shut until next week while deals are worked out. alexis tsipras wants to submit reform plans on thursday. the turmoil in the greek economy is felt by small businesses. hoda abdel-hamid reports from northern grease on a small community that is starting to suffer. >> reporter: it's a postcard picture of grease >> translation: until now, we survive. i don't know if i'll be able to continue. these days starting a business is scary. i want to pass it to my son.
>> reporter: the whole economy here revolves around fish. it's considered within of the most important fishing forces in the country. a reputation difficult to understand. normally the market will be buzzing with greek people coming to get fresh produce. half of the shelves have closed. fish monningers say they are selling 60% less than before. >> since the banks closed more than a week ago. there's barely anyone here. >> translation: the price of fish have not changed. people do not have money to buy. the last three or four days no one came. that's why i'm so sad. >> reporter: fish is a big part of the greek diet. here they say it's become a luxury. this man lost his job, and at 60 wonders if he'll be hired again. >> i used to fish 2-3 times a
month. now it's twice at most. i have to buy the smaller, lower quality ones i can't afford it otherwise. >> it should have been the summer season. this restaurant across from the market opened 17 years ago and had a reputation going beyond the village. empty tables are the new normal. >> i wake up in the morning wondering how many people will come. sometimes there's no one, it's so hard. i now take anti-depressants. we are proud people and the e.u. will not take our dignity away. >> the final deadline for greece is next sunday. people here like elsewhere are resilient, saying the country will come out of the crisis one day. when and at what cost? former italian prime
minister silvio berlusconi has been found guilty of bribery. he is accused of bribing a senator to switch sides in a move helping to topple the government in 2008. russia has blocked a misty upham resolution that would have labelled the massacre of 8,000 women and boys in bosnia as genocide. from the u.n. gabriel elizonda reports. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a decision but turned into language problems. the killing of thousands of muslims called genocide was rejected by russia using the veto
veto. >> translation: the approach is not legitimate resulting in greater division within the bosnian society. >> reporter: the u.k. rejected the argument. >> it's an obvious draft resolution that will cause division. >> reporter: 20 years ago samantha powell was in bosnia working as a journalist. her her anger was clear ism why would russia vote to deny recognition of the srebrenica suicide. today's vote mattered. it matter hugely to the families of the victims of the srebrenica
genocide. russia's veto is heart-breaking. for those families. it is a further stain on the council's record. >> bosnian serbs killed more than 8,000 men and women boys as they were fleeing from a u.n. safe area after undermanned u.n. peacekeepers were over run the international court of justice and others determined the mass murder was genocide. the international community and the u.n. came under criticism. for not doing more to prevent the killings. many hoped the resolution would give closure to victim's family. one veto lay bare the deep divisions that remained columbia's president welcomed an offer of a month-long unilateral ceasefires starting from the 20th of this month.
laying down arms is not enough. fighters have to prove they want lasting peace. >> protesters fought with riot police in nicaragua's capital. opposition leaders say unless there are reforms, the election will guarantee a third consecutive in office. baltimore's police officer has been fired over the handling of riots. gray died in april for injewies suffered in -- injuries suffered in police custody. after rioting, hundreds of police officers were wounded. and buildings destroyed. a report found there was a lack of riot gear and proper training legislators in south carolina agreed to remove the controversial confederate flag from the grounds of the state
capital. it followed the racially motivated murder of nine people at a church in charleston in june. >> pope francis arrived in santa cruz bolivia, where he is expected to give mass. he made sa stop in la paz, and met by president morales. more from lucia newman. >> despite a one-hour delay on the trip from ecuador, pope francis was received with a huge wave of enthusiasm. it is an ethical country, where more than 30 languages are spoken. it is predominantly catholic. pope francis was great with enthusiasm. people have been coming to different cities camping out, waiting to hear the message. they are expected to give a mass. more than 2 million are expected
to attend. it's been an emotional time. we spoke to bolivians that feel that the visit will help renew the country's faith, and a return to more simple and basic values lost with a wave of consumerism. >> a year after acquiring nokia, microsoft says it plans to cut 8,000 jobs mostly at the mobile phone division. they'll write down the value by 7.6 million. microsoft hoped the acquisition would make the system more competitive. a survey suggested that phone sales would make up 2 by 3% of the market. nigeria's dairy industry has the potential to be a major source of jobs and revenue. farmers say the government is not helping to develop the industry. they look now at the problems
farmer's face in getting products on to shelves. >> cows are a major source of meet in nigeria. the meet is an untapped source. this is one of the dairy operations in the country. they have been working here for 10 years. he uses rudimentary methods to produce yoghurt because they don't have the money to provide proper equipment. the farm produces around 1,000 small bottles of yoghurt a day: >> there's a problem of having bad roads. it's a huge issue to get the products out of here. we need medicines and vaccines, they are expensive. we need help in that regard. and animal feeds, we need those two. >> reporter: the yoghurt is packaged at a facility two hours away.
once again, workers use a hand-held method. all these problems could be overcome if helped by the government. >> the government focus the attention soley on the petroleum. >> nigerians spend billions buying imported and processed dairy products. 95% of what is available is imported. the problems affecting the dairy industry are similar to those affecting other products like cotton and ginger. problems including a lack of electricity and storage, making it difficult for producers to brick their products to market. >> the government says it's doing what it can for the dairy industry to survive. >> they need to improve the process, and the establishment
of multiple centers. going forwards, establishing the ranches, they become scientific and we reducing imports as we ramp up introduction. -- production. dairy workers say the government must help to create right conditions for investment some news just in - football's world governing body f.i.f.a. banned former executive committee member chuck blazer for life for what they term various acts of misconduct. he is the former general secretary of the north and central america and caribbean football association known as c.o.n.c.a.c.a.f. and has been worked under cover to expose corruption in f.i.f.a. in may 14th f.i.f.a. officials were indicted on charges of
racketeering, fraud, money laundering. one of those blazer's former c.o.n.c.a.c.a.f. president jack warner who will receive in court on thursday as requests continue for him to be indicted. lightening or have faulty wiring, plenty of people believe a burping church sends a potent message. what is it all about. burping black churches - it's