Six In The Morning Sunday 3 March 2024


Children die of malnutrition amid truce talks

  • Gaza’s Health Ministry says at least 15 children have died in the past few days from malnutrition and dehydration at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza City hours after UNICEF chief warned against acute malnutrition in the besieged enclave.
  • Truce talks are expected to resume in Egypt on Sunday but the details beyond a possible six-week pause in fighting remain unclear despite US officials’ claims a ceasefire is near. A senior Hamas official told AFP on Sunday that a ceasefire may be secured “within 24 to 48 hours” if Israel accepted their demands.

‘Dozens’ of Palestinians killed in attack on Gaza City

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, says via a statement that Israeli forces “committed a horrific massacre” in southern Gaza City, near the Kuwaiti roundabout on Salah al-Din Street.

“Israeli occupation forces are carrying out systematic genocide crimes targeting hundreds of thousands of hungry stomachs in northern Gaza,” the statement reads.

About 170 people ‘executed’ in Burkina Faso village attacks, official says

Regional prosecutor says he received reports of deaths in three northern settlements as jihadist violence flares

About 170 people were “executed” in attacks on three villages in northern Burkina Faso a week ago, a regional prosecutor has said, as jihadist violence flares in the junta-ruled country.

On that same day, 25 February, separate attacks on a mosque in eastern Burkina and a Catholic church in the north left dozens more dead.

Aly Benjamin Coulibaly said he had received reports of the attacks on the villages of Komsilga, Nodin and Soroe in Yatenga province, with a provisional toll of “around 170 people executed”.

Family of celebrated French WWII veteran Léon Gautier refuses the commercialisation of his legacy

Léon Gautier was famous in France as the last representative of the “Kieffer Commando”, the only French unit to take part in the Allied D-Day landings on Normandy beaches in June 1944. As the 80th anniversary of D-Day approaches, some are seeing opportunities for financial gain. His descendants have decided to seek legal assistance to prevent any abusive or commercial use of his image.

Gautier, who died on July 3, 2023 at the age of 100, was a nationally celebrated figure and a near-constant presence at World War II commemorations who used his stature to make sure the lessons of the war were not forgotten.

Having joined the French navy in 1940 at 17, he was one of 177 French green berets of the Kieffer Commando unit to storm the beaches defended by Nazi forces on June 6, 1944.

His passing was marked by a ceremony with military honors presided over by President Emmanuel Macron which took place on the beach in Ouistreham, Normandy, as he and his family had wanted.

Everyday Repression and ResignationHow Vladimir Putin Controls the Russians

Russia has reverted to a dictatorship under President Vladimir Putin. Most people in the country seem to be accepting the war against Ukraine as well as the death of opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Why?

By Benjamin BidderAnn-Dorit Boy und Christina Hebel in Hamburg and Moscow

Pedestrians walk past Yaroslav Smolev with his placard as if he doesn’t even exist. The 24-year-old with the long hair is standing in the slush on the famous Nevsky Prospekt in the center of St. Petersburg. The news of Alexei Navalny’s death is only one day old. Smolev holds a sheet of paper in front of his chest. In red letters, he has written: “They killed Navalny because we didn’t care.”

He quickly realizes just how apt this sentence is, how little the death of the imprisoned Kremlin critic moves most of his fellow people. “The faces of most people who pass by are motionless,” the young Russian later recounts in an agitated video call. Two Russian tourists even asked him to step aside so that they could take “more beautiful photos” of Kazan Cathedral.

Malaysia says search for missing flight MH370 must go on

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. As relatives of passengers marked 10 years since the plane vanished, Malaysia said it was time for a new search.

Malaysia’s transport minister, Anthony Loke, said Sunday he was trying to arrange a new search for the lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“The government is steadfast in our resolve to locate MH370,” Loke told a remembrance event to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the jet.

“We really hope the search can find the plane and provide truth to the next-of-kin.”

The Boeing 777 aircraft was en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, carrying 239 people, when it vanished from radar on March 8, 2014.

Despite the largest search in aviation history, the plane has never been found.

Thousands of South Korean doctors stage mass demonstration in Seoul

Thousands of doctors in South Korea took to the streets of Seoul on Sunday to protest the government’s plans to increase medical school admissions and what they see as a broader lack of support for the country’s medical system.

The doctors say the government needs to address a wider range of challenges facing the healthcare system than just the total number of doctors trained per year.

Their concerns include staffing in specific fields and the price the government pays for essential medical treatments as well as establishing a proper infrastructure for educating large numbers of new medical students.