Six In The Morning Monday 4 December 2023

Satellite image reveals tent build-up at UN site

New satellite imagery shows how displaced people in southern Gaza have been seeking shelter at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) site in Khan Younis.

The image, taken on Sunday, reveals tents and makeshift shelters spreading outwards from Khan Younis Training Centre.

Tents started appearing in its grounds on 18 October but the camp has expanded rapidly in recent days, including into open terrain to its west.

UNRWA says it is housing more than 30,000 people there and the site is “very overcrowded”.

Its latest report, published today, says 1.2 million displaced people are now sheltering in UNRWA sites across Gaza.

The IDF has been carrying out strikes in Khan Younis since fighting resumed on Friday.

Satellite image showing tent build-up at UN site

Cop28 president forced into defence of fossil fuel phase-out claims

Sultan Al Jaber, who is state oil CEO, had said phase-out of fossil fuels would take world ‘back into caves’

The president of Cop28 has been forced into a fierce defence of his views on climate science, after the Guardian revealed his comment that there was “no science out there, or no scenario out there, that says that the phase-out of fossil fuel is what’s going to achieve 1.5C”.

Sultan Al Jaber, who is also the chief executive of the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company, Adnoc, said at a hastily arranged press conference at the summit in Dubai: “I respect the science in everything I do. I have repeatedly said that it is the science that has guided the principles or strategy as Cop28 president. We have always built everything, every step of the way, on the science, on the facts.”

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un urges women to have more children

North Korea depends on physical labor to maintain its economy amid isolation from trade with the West. South Korea estimates that the North Korean population has steadily declined over the last decade.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged women in the country to have more children, state-run news agency KCNA reported on Monday.

“Stopping the decline in birth rates and providing good child care and education are all our family affairs that we should solve together with our mothers,” Kim said during an address to the attendees of the National Mothers Meeting.

Low birth rates could dampen economic outlook

South Korea has estimated that North Korea’s birth rates have been on the decline over the past decade. The United Nations Population Fund says that North Korea’s fertility rate stands at 1.8 births per woman as of 2023, which is below the 2.1 replacement rate benchmark in developed countries.

Paris knife attacker shows ‘failure’ of psychiatric care, France interior minister says


There was a clear failure in the psychiatric care of the radicalised Islamist suffering from mental troubles who stabbed a German tourist to death in central Paris at the weekend before being arrested, France’s interior minister said Monday.



The attack close to the Eiffel Tower has increased concerns in France over the risk of Islamist attacks, particularly with the French capital now barely half a year away from hosting the 2024 summer Olympic Games.

The attacker was a Frenchman in his mid-20s born to a non-religious Iranian family but who had already done prison time for planning an attack and was known to the authorities as an Islamist radical with mental troubles.

“There was clearly a failure, not from the point of view of his monitoring by the intelligence services, but a psychiatric failure,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told BFM TV, adding that the attacker had an “acute mental illness”.

“Doctors said on several occasions that he was doing better, was more normal and could be free,” he said.


Divers find wreckage, bodies from U.S. Osprey aircraft that crashed off Japan

By Mari Yamaguchi


U.S. and Japanese divers have discovered wreckage and remains of crew members from a U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft that crashed last week off southwestern Japan, the Air Force announced Monday.

The CV-22 Osprey carrying eight American personnel crashed last Wednesday off Yakushima island during a training mission. The body of one victim was recovered and identified earlier, while seven others remained missing.

The Air Force Special Operations Command said the remains were being recovered and their identities have yet to be determined.


CNN took an 11-day cruise through some of the most-contested waters on Earth. Here’s what we learned


A nighttime transit through the Taiwan Strait is a test of nerves, seamanship and political awareness in an environment where a slight miscalculation could potentially lead to an international conflict.

It’s the first night in November. It’s dark – ink black before the moonrise – and Royal Canadian Navy Cmdr. Sam Patchell is taking that test.

His 4,800-ton warship, the frigate HMCS Ottawa, weaves and dodges between dozens of commercial fishing boats and merchant vessels at speeds of up to 24 mph, all the while tasked with staying outside boundaries dictated by international law, including the recognized territorial waters of China.