Six In The Morning Wednesday 20 March 2024


 Israel ‘negative’ on Hamas truce proposal

  • More than 100 aid workers have been killed and dozens wounded over the past week in eight attacks carried out by Israeli forces, according to the Government Media Office in Gaza.
  • Displaced people sheltering at al-Shifa Hospital recount details of Israeli army’s storming and siege of the medical complex in Gaza City.

Palestinians displaced from al-Shifa Hospital recount Israeli raid

Palestinians displaced from the al-Shifa Hospital, where they were sheltering in Gaza City, have told Al Jazeera they were detained for several hours and then instructed to move south.

Saleh Abu Sakran, an elderly man, said he was instructed to take off his clothes and get on his knees. “The Israelis kept the women at al-Shifa but took us to another nearby building where we stayed until the evening,” he said.

Emissions connected to top oil and gas firms may cause millions of heat deaths by 2100, study finds

Global witness analysis suggests 11.5 million deaths could be caused by burning of fuel produced by 2050

The emissions from burning oil and gas produced by the world’s leading fossil fuel companies could cause millions of excess heat deaths before the end of the century, according to a new analysis.

The study from Global Witness found that the combined emissions from fossil fuels produced by Shell, BP, TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil and Chevron up to 2050 could result in 11.5 million excess deaths from heat by 2100.

The findings represent the first attempt to quantify heat deaths resulting from planned oil production by big oil and add weight to calls to drastically reduce fossil fuel extraction.

IOC blocks Russian athletes from Olympic opening ceremony

Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to participate in the Paris Olympics opening ceremony, the IOC has said. Moscow said the move “destroyed the Olympic idea.”

Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to participate in the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Paris Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said.

The athletes, who will be competing in the Games under a neutral flag, “will not participate in the parade of delegations and teams during the opening ceremony since they are individual athletes,” IOC director James McLeod said after an IOC executive board meeting on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A decision on whether they would participate in the closing ceremony had not yet been made, McLeod added.

Doctors who visited Gaza speak of ‘appalling atrocities’ from Israel’s offensive

The healthcare system in Gaza has essentially collapsed, Western doctors who visited the Palestinian enclave in recent months told an event at the United Nations on Monday, speaking of “appalling atrocities” from Israel’s offensive.

The four doctors from the United States, United Kingdom and France have been working with teams in Gaza to support its healthcare system, which has been reeling since Israel began its military assault there last October.

The Israeli offensive has displaced nearly 2.3 million people, caused a starvation crisis, flattened most of the enclave, and killed over 31,000 people, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Nick Maynard, a surgeon who was last in Gaza in January with British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, recalled seeing a child who had been burned so badly that he could see her facial bones.

BASEBALL/ Shohei Ohtani wins over South Korean fans despite rivalry

By NARUMI OTA/ Correspondent

March 20, 2024 at 16:02 JST

Lee Jae-ik overcame his long-held animosity and now warmly welcomes a former “enemy” to South Korea.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres will open the Major League Baseball season with a two-game series in Seoul on March 20 and 21.

Lee, 48, heads a fan club that will cheer for Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, who signed a record-breaking deal with the Dodgers in December.

Lee said he belongs to a “generation that grew up with strong anti-Japanese sentiment” stemming from Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula.

History issues have intensified rivalries between the two countries in many fields, including sports.

Pirate ship capture showcases India’s world-class special forces, analysts say

The Indian Navy’s rescue of a commercial ship from pirates off Somalia’s coast last weekend shows how Delhi’s military has developed special forces capabilities on par with some of the world’s best, analysts say.

The navy rescued 17 crew members of the vessel MV Ruen during an anti-piracy operation lasting nearly two days, according to an Indian Navy news release, with no casualties reported. Dozens of pirates were taken into custody, it said.

The operation involved a navy destroyer, a patrol ship, an Indian Air Force C-17 transporter flying more than 1,500 miles to airdrop marine commandos, a naval drone, a reconnaissance drone and a P-8 surveillance jet, the release said.