Six In The Morning Tuesday 5 December 2023

Israel says troops in ‘heart of Khan Younis’ after bombarding southern city

Hospital says dozens killed in central Gaza

At least 45 people have been killed in central Gaza, the spokesperson for the al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah has told the BBC, after reports of an Israeli airstrike in the city.

This is the only information we have on this incident at the moment – we’ll bring you more when we have it.

Israel thinks key Hamas leaders are hiding in Khan Younis

Hugo Bachega

Middle East correspondent, in Jerusalem

The Israeli military is pushing ahead with its offensive in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, saying they are now “in the heart of the city”, after carrying out days of intense bombardment and ordering the evacuation of several areas.

Khan Younis, where tens of thousands of civilians who fled fighting in the north had moved to, is the key focus of the Israeli campaign in the south, as it is where the Israeli authorities believe members of the Hamas leadership are hiding. Hospitals are overwhelmed and a large number of children are among the casualties.

Nigerian army drone strike accident kills at least 85 civilians

Residents in north-west of the country say many victims of strike during Muslim festival were women and children

A Nigerian army drone strike accidentally killed at least 85 civilians observing a Muslim festival in the north-west on Sunday, the country’s armed forces have admitted.

Villagers in Tudun Biri in the state of Kaduna had gathered for the Maulud celebration when at about 9pm they heard what sounded like an aeroplane followed by a huge explosion.

“We couldn’t even run,” Danjuma Salisu, a survivor, said from his hospital bed, where he was being treated for hand and leg injuries.



EU faces ‘huge’ risk of terrorist attacks, says official

The war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is heightening the terror risk in the EU, according to the bloc’s home affairs commissioner. The warning comes after a German tourist was killed in a knife attack in Paris.

European Union member states are facing a “huge risk of terrorist attacks” over the holiday season due to the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels, Johansson referred to a Saturday’s knife attack in Paris, where one German tourist was killed and two people were injured. The attacker reportedly pledged allegiance to the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and expressed anguish about Muslims dying, notably in the Palestinian territories.

He had also been under close psychological surveillance for mental health issues.

French filmmakers warn that far-right cyber-raids are torpedoing their movies

French filmmaker Mehdi Fikri has accused far-right cyberactivists and TV pundits of scuppering the launch of his police violence drama “After the Fire”, reviving talk of the influence of online rating platforms and politicised commentators in shaping movies’ fortunes.

The slogan for entertainment website Allociné – dubbed the “French IMDb” due to its status as France’s go-to cinema platform – invites viewers to be “more than just spectators”.

It’s an invitation some viewers have embraced with malignant zeal, according to the French Filmmakers Society (SRF), which has warned of a concerted campaign by far-right activists to undermine films that do not align with their political agenda.

The warning follows the botched launch of Mehdi Fikri’s maiden feature, “Avant que les flammes ne s’éteignent” (After the Fire), which received a flurry of negative user ratings on Allociné even before its release in French cinemas on November 15.

Tokyo Olympics sullied by bid-rigging, bribery trials more than 2 years after the Games closed


December 5, 2023 at 17:00 JST

The bid-rigging trial around the Tokyo Olympics played out Tuesday in a Japanese courtroom — more than two years after the Games closed — with advertising giant Dentsu and five other companies facing criminal charges.

Seven individuals are also facing charges from Tokyo district prosecutors in the cases, including Koji Henmi, who oversaw the sports division at Dentsu at the time.

Executives or management-level officials at each of the accused companies, and Tokyo Olympic organizing committee official Yasuo Mori, have been charged with violating anti-monopoly laws.

‘Massacres await’: Palestinians in Nablus warn of deadly settler attacks

The Palestinian villages south of Nablus face severe settler violence and warn the assaults will only increase.

 No matter how hard he tries, Abdulatheem Wadi is unable to hide the devastating pain written all over his face.

With his eyes fixed on the distance, the 50-year-old chokes up as he recalls how Israeli setters murdered his 63-year-old brother Ibrahim and his 24-year-old nephew Ahmad, on October 12, while they were attending a memorial service for a group of Palestinians also killed by settlers the previous night.

What was a funeral for four became a funeral for six.

“It was a massacre in a small village,” says Abdulatheem.

That village is Qusra, home to some 7,000 Palestinians living just south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.