WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Israel-Gaza Conflict Enters Fourth Week

An air strike killed one of Hamas's highest ranking leaders in Gaza, the interior minister said.

Meantime the number of missiles fired at southern Israel from Gaza is going down.

The mayor of Ashkelon told Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that a shelter provided by his group saved lives.

"They bomb a civilian neighborhood, but what is very very important I tell that one of the shelters yesterday, a direct missile on the shelter that was innovated by you. Directly on the shelter," the mayor said. "So you're saying people were actually, their lives were saved because of the shelter."

the IFCJ works with Christians to help the people of Israel.

READ MORE:  Jewish Charity Provides Aid to Israel 

Turkish Muslim Jailed for Stabbing Priest

A Muslim man is going to jail for stabbing a priest in Turkey.

A Turkish judge sentenced Ramazan Bay to four and half years in prison for the assault.

Bay approached this priest, Father Adriano Franchini, after church in December 2007. He said he wanted to know more about Christianity. But when Franchini asked him if he wanted to convert, Bay stabbed him in the stomach.

Bay claims he was influenced by a Turkish television show that portrays Christian missionaries as criminals.

Meanwhile, the court case surrounding the torture and killing of these three missionaries drags on. It's been nearly two years since the men were murdered in Malatya.

READ MORE: Malatya Martyrs: Oaks of Righteousness 

Chinese Gov't Compensates Pastor for Abuse

The Chinese government has paid a pastor $2,500 for the abuse he and his family suffered at the hands of police.

China Aid Association reports Pastor "Bike" Minxuan and his family were beaten and thrown out of their apartment in October.

The money covers the medical bills of the pastor's youngest son who was beaten the worst.

It also covers the early termination of the family's rental agreement. CAA says the government paid the money because of international pressure.

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