Six In The Morning Sunday 29 October 2023

Doctors in Gaza say Israel has told them to evacuate key hospital


  1. Doctors and the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza say Israel has told them to evacuate a key hospital in Gaza City
  2. There are 400 patients being treated inside Al-Quds hospital and moving them is impossible, the Palestinian Red Cross says
  3. Around 14,000 civilians are also understood to be sheltering in the hospital and its grounds
  4. Overnight, thousands in Gaza broke into aid depots taking flour and other basic supplies, the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees says
  5. Phone lines and internet connections are slowly returning after more than a day of almost total communications blackout in Gaza
  6. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) say more troops entered the territory overnight, while warplanes attacked more than 450 Hamas targets
  7. Israel has been bombing Gaza since the 7 October Hamas attacks that killed 1,400 people and saw 230 people kidnapped as hostages
  8. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than 8,000 people have been killed since Israel’s retaliatory bombing began

AI doomsday warnings a distraction from the danger it already poses, warns expert

A leading researcher, who will attend this week’s AI safety summit in London, warns of ‘real threat to the public conversation’

Focusing on doomsday scenarios in artificial intelligence is a distraction that plays down immediate risks such as the large-scale generation of misinformation, according to a senior industry figure attending this week’s AI safety summit.

Aidan Gomez, co-author of a research paper that helped create the technology behind chatbots, said long-term risks such as existential threats to humanity from AI should be “studied and pursued”, but that they could divert politicians from dealing with immediate potential harms.

Oppression in RussiaYegor’s High Price for Protesting the War

Sixteen-year-old Yegor Bazalzeikin threw a Molotov cocktail at a military recruitment office in protest against the war. His trial for terrorism started this week. The family’s lives have been turned upside down.

By Christina Hebel and Katya Kravets (Photos) in St. Petersburg and Otradnoye


It’s 9:39 p.m. on February 28, 2023, when Yegor Balazeikin lights a bottle of diesel on fire in front of the military recruitment office in Kirovsk and throws it against the building. The flames go out immediately, as images from a surveillance camera show. Yegor tries again, kneeling in the snow to light another bottle. The second effort produces some small flames, but they, too, quickly vanish.

Yegor Balazeikin is ultimately unable to set fire to this facility in northwestern Russia that sends young men into the war in Ukraine. The only things left from his attempt on this winter evening: diesel stains, broken glass and a scrap of cloth.


‘We don’t have the budget to feed all the inmates’: A rise in deaths in DR Congo prisons

Overcrowding, lack of food, disease … In September alone, 14 inmates died in the main prison in Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Images of inmates crammed into tents and photos of bodies being removed leaked onto social networks in mid-October. Our Observers told us about the alarming living conditions in this prison, which holds ten times more prisoners than its intended capacity.

Men, most of them emaciated, sitting on the floor and crammed by the dozen under tents. These are the images from inside Munzenze prison, Goma’s central prison, which have been leaked in WhatsApp groups since October 5.

Other images posted on WhatsApp show the removal of at least four people, presumably dead, from the prison.


Five photos of inmates’ death certificates have also been shared: two are from October, while the other three are dated April, February and January 2023. We are not publishing them for reasons of confidentiality, but a prison employee has confirmed that they are genuine.


Ten times too many inmates

According to an official source, who wished to remain anonymous, 14 inmates at Munzenze prison died in September and eight in October.


Bangladesh opposition figure detained amid protests

Bangladesh police detained Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from the opposition BNP for questioning. The arrest came a day after violent clashes broke out in the capital, Dhaka.

Bangladesh police on Sunday arrested Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from the country’s main opposition party as a nationwide strike began.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Habibur Rahman said Alamgir had been “detained for interrogation.”

Rahman told the AFP news agency that Alamgir would be questioned over Saturday’s violence, in which a police officer and a protester were killed and at least 26 police ambulances were torched or damaged. Alamgir has not been charged with anything.

‘There is zero work’: Occupied West Bank paralysed as economy stalls

Israel-ordered shutdowns and settler attacks in occupied West Bank take devastating toll on Palestinian economy.


 The central bus stop in downtown Ramallah is usually bustling with people and traffic.

But since October 7, the buses have been parked up and the drivers sitting idle, watching the news, smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee to pass the time.

“There is zero work,” 40-year-old driver Saleh Nakhleh told Al Jazeera from the rest stop at the bus station, in the central Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“We are barely making ends meet,” the father-of-four said.


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