Six In The Morning Tuesday 6 February 2024

Rafah attack to lead to ‘large scale’ casualties

  • The UN says “everything possible” must be done to avoid an Israeli attack on Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, which it says could lead to a “large scale” loss of life.
  • Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 107 Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks across Gaza in last 24 hours.

Israeli shelling causes multiday fire in Khan Younis residential building

Palestinian journalist Hassan Islah has shared video on his Instagram account showing a residential building in the city’s Al-Amal neighbourhood on fire and still full of people.

Islah said Israeli forces targeted the building, where the families of two of his journalist colleagues live, with several artillery shells on Monday, causing a section to catch on fire. It continues to burn.

ICC ‘turf war’ blocking Ukrainian bid to have top Russians tried, advocate says

Philippe Sands KC backs Ukrainian call for international tribunal to prosecute Kremlin leaders for crime of aggression

The international criminal court is locked in a deplorable turf war that is blocking Ukraine’s efforts to set up a special international tribunal with the authority to try Russia’s leadership for the crime of aggression, Philippe Sands KC claims.

Sands, a leading advocate of an international tribunal, blamed the deadlock on Karim Khan, the ICC prosecutor, and some unnamed judges on the court, an international body based in The Hague that prosecutes people for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. He said they were opposing a special international tribunal not on the basis of principle, but because of a self-interested turf war.

Kenya charges cult leader with 191 child murders

Prosecutors in Kenya are pursuing cult leader Paul Mackenzie Nthenge and more than two dozen associates. He allegedly told followers to starve themselves and their kids, claiming the apocalypse was near.

Kenyan court on Tuesday said starvation cult leader and self-proclaimed pastor Paul Mackenzie Nthenge and 29 of his associates were facing 191 counts of child murder.

Prosecutors claim Nthenge ordered his followers to starve themselves and their children to death, claiming that this would ensure they would go to heaven before the end of the world.

What happened to the cult members?

In April last year, a man contacted the police saying his wife and daughter had gone to join Nthenge’s commune in a remote part of Kenya but that they had not returned.

Pakistan elections: The women who are forbidden from voting

 

Voting is a constitutional right for all adults in Pakistan, which goes to the polls in a general election on February 8. But in some rural areas, still ruled by a patriarchal system of male village elders, women are effectively barred from voting. That is the case in the small northern town of Dhurnal, where a ban has been in place for more than 50 years.

Earthquake left 7 years’ worth of disaster waste across Ishikawa

By YOSHINORI DOI/ Staff Writer

February 6, 2024 at 17:41 JST

The demolition of buildings damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake has generated 2.44 million tons of disaster waste, the Ishikawa prefectural government reported on Feb. 6.

The estimated volume is roughly equivalent to seven years of the prefecture’s annual waste generation.

The prefectural government is considering maritime transport to process the waste over a wide area, including outside the prefecture, aiming to complete disposal by the end of fiscal 2025.

Officials calculated the amount of waste based on the estimated 50,644 buildings that were completely or partially destroyed in the prefecture.

Where is Hind? Calls for answers more than a week after rescuers go missing trying to save trapped 6-year-old

Demands for answers are mounting over the fate of 6-year-old Palestinian girl Hind Rajab, who became trapped in a car with her dead relatives after it came under Israeli fire in Gaza more than a week ago.

Mystery also surrounds the whereabouts of two ambulance staff from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), who were dispatched to find her on January 29.

“We need to know what has happened to Hind and the PRCS ambulance team,” the PRCS said in their latest statement on X early Tuesday.

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