“It was very difficult for me. I cried. I said I am not capable of going through with this. I said I could die because of this... They said to me abortion was not legal here, but people like me are sent to England for abortions . . .” Photograph: Getty

The woman refused an abortion says she was raped but did not know she was pregnant until she arrived in Ireland

“When I came to this country I thought I could forget suffering... 
The doctors told me I could get an abortion but I didn’t get help. 
The scar [from the C-section] will never go away. It will always be a reminder. I still suffer. I don’t know if what has happened to me is normal.”

During pregnancy woman says she was told she could have an abortion

Unsafe haven: Palestinian children take refuge at the UN school in Jabaliya before it was shelled this week. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The futile, self-defeating conflict of the past three weeks is part of an endless cycle of violence that has been thoroughly assim(...)

A funeral procession for children who were killed during an explosion at a park in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. A lull in Gaza hostilities in deference to a Muslim holiday unraveled with deadly force at a children’s playground and an area near Gaza City’s main hospital Monday. Photograph:Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Eight children killed in a playground in Gaza City as both sides blame the other

Palestinian relatives cry as mourners carry out the body of Gamal Ielian (10), who was killed along with nine other people, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Adel Hana

Gazans had taken advantage of a lull in fighting to venture outside when blasts occurred

The funeral at the Saint Porfirios church in Gaza City yesterday of Palestinian Christian woman Jalila Faraj Ayyad, whom medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Gazans hunker down in devastated city despite ceasefire

Palestinians walk amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Lull of several hours broken by rocket and artillery fire

An Israeli soldier during a media tour organized by the army of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinians for cross-border attacks, on the Israel-Gaza border yesterday. Photograph: Jack Guez/Pool via The New York Times

More than 160,000 displaced people being housed in shelters run by UN

Speaking in Cairo, US secretary of state John Kerry said both sides still had some “terminology” to agree on but that they had a “fundamental framework” for a ceasefire. Photograph: EPA

US official says Netanyahu told Kerry Israel would initiate 12-hour pause in hostilities

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