Six In The Morning Wednesday 6 December 2023

‘Everything is shaking’: Heavy fighting rocks Gaza’s key southern city

Forced to flee twice, Gazan tells us he ‘won’t move again’

Alice Cuddy

Reporting from Jerusalem

Izzat Abdullah Al Jamal tells us he has been displaced twice since the war began and no longer trusts that there is any “safe place” in Gaza.

Izzat, 55, fled from his home in the northern Gaza city of Jabalia, seeking shelter in al-Shifa hospital before fleeing on foot to the southern city of Khan Younis.

“The people in Khan Younis are very kind and generous but the area is overcrowded with refugees and there is strong bombing,” he says.

Like others we’ve been speaking to there, Izzat says he “won’t move” again.

Iranian regime accused of raping and violating protesters as young as 12

Amnesty International report details ‘harrowing’ testimonies of survivors at hands of security forces following nationwide protests

Iranian security forces used rape and sexual violence to torture, punish and inflict lasting physical and psychological damage on protesters as young as 12 during the country’s nationwide protests last year, a report says.

The report by Amnesty International is based on the testimonies of 12 women, 26 men, one girl and six boys who survived rape or other forms of sexual violence. Six survivors of rape were subjected to gang rapes by up to 10 male state agents, according to Amnesty.

Protests spread across the country after the death in custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in September 2022 following her detention for allegedly breaking the country’s strict dress code.

Freed Thai hostages: ‘Israelis had it worse’

Two of the 23 Thai hostages released late November spoke exclusively with DW. They talked about what they saw during their captivity in Hamas’ underground tunnels.

For seven weeks, Anucha Angkaew was a hostage of Hamas, which the EU as well as Germany, the US, UK and several other states designate as a terrorist organization. Cut off from the world, with no sunlight. Now, he’s back home in Ban Don Phila, his village in Thailand.

Marquees and music boxes have been set up, Neighbors are cooking vats of laab neua, a northern Thai specialty and favorite dish of the guest of honor. Tired and worn thin, he sits away from the bustle, on a wooden bench in front of his parents’ home, as if he were still getting used to living a life in freedom again.

“I lost 16 kilograms” (35.3 pounds), the slender man told DW.

Diaspora journalists increasingly targeted by home countries: report

Authoritarian states are increasingly targeting journalists working in exile as part of government reprisal campaigns against dissidents living outside their countries, US-based rights group Freedom House said in a new report Wednesday.


The uptick in so-called “transnational repression,” which can target all kinds of citizens living abroad, comes just a week after an Indian national was charged by US authorities with plotting to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader in New York, allegedly at the direction of an Indian government official.

“As attacks on free and independent media increase globally, more and more journalists are being forced to work from exile, and are increasingly facing the threat of transnational repression in their new homes abroad,” the Freedom House report said.

Tactics used include “physical harm, detention and rendition, online harassment… reprisals against family members” and smear campaigns, among other efforts “that degrade their morale and commitment to the profession.”


Osprey requested emergency landing, flew in wrong direction


December 6, 2023 at 18:29 JST


A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft that crashed in Kagoshima Prefecture was flying away from an airport where the pilot had planned to make an emergency landing, according to Japanese government officials.

That finding indicates the U.S. crew lost control of the tilt-rotor aircraft before it fell into the sea, presumably killing all eight aboard.

The CV-22 Osprey disappeared from Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ radar at around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 29, five minutes after its crew made a request for an emergency landing at Yakushima Airport.


‘No one will remember us’: India’s hero ‘rat hole miners’ who helped rescue 41 men from the Himalayan tunnel

Just a few pieces of debris stood between Munna Qureshi and dozens of laborers who his team had been tasked with rescuing from deep inside a Himalayan tunnel after all previous attempts to free them had failed.

“I could hear the laborers gasping on the other side with excitement,” the 29-year-old said. “My heart was racing as I removed the last rock between us.”