Six In The Morning Friday 10 November 2023

Firing outside Gaza hospitals, with patients and staff trapped inside

IDF confirms forces operating around Al-Shifa hospital

We’ve continuing to receive information about the situation at or near various Gazan hospitals – including the enclave’s largest, Al-Shifa.

Videos circulating on social media show what appears to be the aftermath of a missile or mortar striking the courtyard at Al-Shifa.

The Hamas government reported 13 deaths at Al-Shifa, while a doctor at the hospital said he knows of one fatality but can not confirm any others.

Now a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Colonel Peter Lerner, has confirmed to BBC Newshour that its troops are there, saying:

We have been trying to encourage people taking refuge in the hospitals to evacuate.”


News outlets deny claims they had prior knowledge of Hamas attack on Israel

Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times and CNN say suggestions are untrue, outrageous and reckless

Four of the world’s biggest news organisations have vigorously denied any prior knowledge of Hamas’s deadly assault on Israel on 7 October, saying such a suggestion was untrue, outrageous and reckless.

The suggestion appeared in an article by HonestReporting, which describes itself as an organisation devoted to fighting media disinformation about Israel and Zionism. It was taken up by two senior Israeli politicians, who said any journalists with prior knowledge of the assault should be treated as terrorists.

The Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times and CNN issued robust statements in response to questions about Palestinian photographers in Gaza who documented Hamas’s cross-border raid in which at least 1,400 people were killed.

Poland: Opposition parties sign deal for possible coalition


The coalition, led by Donald Tusk, will have to wait a couple of weeks for a vote in the lower house of parliament. The group of parties has put forward several plans, such as overturning the near-total ban on abortion.


The alliance of pro-EU parties that, combined, outperformed Poland’s ruling right-wing populist Law and Justice party (PiS) in last month’s election signed an agreement on Friday, paving the way for a coalition government.

The opposition parties will still have to wait for their chance to put forward their coalition proposal for a vote in the Polish Parliament after President Andrzej Duda gave PiS Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki the first shot.

While PiS won the most votes, its time in power has alienated it from possible parliamentary allies, meaning its attempt to form a government is expected to fail.

‘War against residents of Gaza’: Seen as collateral damage, ‘vast majority nothing to do with Hamas’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that “far too many” Palestinians have died and suffered as Israel wages a relentless war against the militant Hamas group in the Gaza Strip. He urged Israel to minimize harm to civilians and maximize humanitarian assistance that reaches them. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Blinken said recent Israeli moves to improve dire conditions in Gaza as its military pushes deeper into the strip — including pauses in military operations to allow Palestinians to move from northern to southern Gaza and the creation of a second safe corridor — are positive but they are not nearly enough

Teachers bristle at crowdfunding request to cover baseball parades


November 10, 2023 at 18:16 JST


government request for help with a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of Nov. 23 parades for Kansai region champion professional baseball teams is not a big hit with local educators.

“This could amount to coercing teachers into making donations,” one educator grumbled.

Some raised concerns about the document issued by the Osaka prefectural government regarding the parades honoring the Central League champion Hanshin Tigers and the Pacific League champion Orix Buffaloes.

It is being organized by an executive committee made up of prefectural and city governments and economic organizations.


This megacity is the latest to shut down as pollution chokes swathes of South Asia

Lahore has become the latest megacity to shut down as pollution chokes swathes of South Asia, where nearly 50 million people have been breathing toxic air for nearly a week.
Pakistan’s second most populous city – of more than 13 million people – has shut schools and closed public parks, malls and offices after the air quality index (AQI) this week spiked to more than 400, according to IQAir. That number is considered “hazardous” by the Swiss air tracking company.
Authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province have imposed an “environmental and health emergency” in three cities – Gujranwala and Hafizabad in addition to Lahore – until the situation improves, its chief minister Mohsin Naqvi said this week. The three cities combined account for more than 15 million people.