Six In The Morning Saturday 11 November 2023

Surgeon says Gaza’s main hospital has lost power and is under constant fire

Israel denies targeting Al-Shifa hospital

Paul Adams

Reporting from Jerusalem

The Israeli military says it is not targeting Al-Shifa hospital and that it is keeping corridors open for people who want to leave.

In a statement this afternoon, Col Moshe Tetro from Cogat (a branch of the Israeli military) said “there is no shooting at the hospital and there is no siege.”

Israeli forces have virtually surrounded Al-Shifa hospital, but Col Tetro added that the east side remained open for people who want to leave.

“Additionally, we can coordinate anyone who wants to leave the hospital safely,” he added.

Israel is trying to persuade as many people as possible to leave the hospital and its grounds. Reports suggest that a significant number of the civilians who have been sheltering there for weeks have now left.

Earlier, the Israeli military described the situation at another, much smaller hospital: Rantisi. It said all but a handful of staff and patients had evacuated.

This is clearly what it hopes will eventually happen at Al-Shifa, too.

  • Three other major hospitals in the Gaza Strip are also now on the front line of Israel’s ground invasion
  • A charity says Israeli tanks are closing in on Al-Quds hospital, while the IDF says the Rantisi hospital has been almost fully evacuated
  • Israel began striking Gaza after the Hamas attacks on 7 October, which saw 1,200 people killed and more than 200 taken hostage
  • The Hamas-run health ministry says more than 11,000 people have been killed in Gaza since – of whom more than 4,500 were children

Ex-Nato chief proposes Ukraine joins without Russian-occupied territories

Former secretary general says partial membership would warn Russia it cannot stop Ukraine joining the alliance

A former Nato secretary general has put forward a proposal for Ukraine to join the military alliance but stripped of the territories occupied by Russia.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has long worked alongside Andriy Yermak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, particularly ahead of the last Nato summit in Vilnius this year that ended with no invitation for Ukraine to join.

The two men are again broadly discussing Ukraine’s place in a new European security architecture, including practical questions around the extent of Ukraine’s Nato membership.

Iceland declares emergency fearing volcanic eruption

Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, which is home to the Fagradalsfjall volcano, has seen 800 tremors in a matter of hours. Authorities now fear that an eruption is imminent.

Iceland’s authorities have declared a state of emergency after a series of tremors which experts believe heralds an imminent volcanic eruption.

According to Iceland’s Met Office, the seismic activity was concentrated in the southwestern Reykjanes Peninsula. However, it has since moved south toward Grindavík. The nature of the activity there suggests an eruption could take place in the days, it further added.

“Earthquakes can become larger than those that have occurred and this series of events could lead to an eruption,” the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management said in a statement late Friday.

Colombia detains 4 in kidnapping of footballer’s father

Police in Colombia have detained four people suspected in the kidnapping of the father of Liverpool footballer Luis Diaz, who was held hostage for nearly two weeks by members of the ELN guerilla group, officials said Saturday.


Luis Manuel Diaz was freed Thursday. He had been abducted by armed men on motorcycles at a gas station in the town of Barrancas near the Venezuelan border.

The ELN, which is in peace negotiations with the government and is party to a six-month ceasefire that took effect in August, described the kidnapping by one of its units as a “mistake.”

“We have detained four people allegedly responsible for the kidnapping of Luis Manuel Diaz,” the National Police of Colombia said in a statement on social media platform X.

The suspects were captured in the northern department of La Guajira, where the kidnapping took place, police said. They had two firearms on them.


Lawyers detail horrific final days of rising Takarazuka star


November 11, 2023 at 16:57 JST


Lawyers outlined the final days of a budding entertainer of the famed all-female Takarazuka Revue who took her own life in late September after sacrificing sleep to perfect her art and enduring daily verbal abuse from the older members.

The 25-year-old member of the Cosmos Troupe was found dead in the grounds of her apartment complex in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sept. 30. Police suspect she jumped from the building.

In addition to working almost six straight weeks without a single day off prior to her death, the exhausted woman endured repeated insults and other power harassment from senior members of the troupe, according to lawyers for the bereaved family.



Detained, missing or under investigation: Business leaders in China face an ‘aggressive’ crackdown

Analysis by , CNN


Business leaders in China are under immense pressure, as the country’s leader Xi Jinping intensifies a regulatory crackdown on companies and strengthens its control of the economy.

This year, more than a dozen top executives from sectors including technology, finance and real estate have gone missing, faced detention or been subjected to corruption probes.

Even international consulting firms have been caught up in the sweep. They face rising risks, including the possibility of police raids and detentions of staff, in the world’s second largest economy.