The Palestinians at the Gaza Hospital: U.N. and UN Security Forces Respond to Israeli Attacks on Israel’s embassy in Gaza
TEL AVIV, Israel — Piles of medical and solid waste fill the crowded corridors of Gaza’s largest hospital, according to the World Health Organization. And at least 80 bodies lie in a mass grave by the hospital’s entrance.
The group said that a joint United Nations and WHO humanitarian assessment team saw first-hand the dire conditions of the hospital on Saturday. The team was only able to see the hospital for one hour.
Several patients have died in the preceding days due to medical services shutting down in the facility, according to the WHO. And now there are just 25 health workers for the 291 remaining patients, including 32 premature babies in “extremely critical condition.”
The IDF ordered the remaining 2,500 people on the Al-ShiFA hospital grounds to leave. The military evacuated the civilians, patients, and hospital staff when the U.N. team arrived.
The Israeli military told Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to leave further south. Evidence shows that Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire occur daily in the very areas Israel has said are “safer” for civilians. Those attacks have hit schools, residential towers and overcrowded U.N. shelters.
The attacks in Israel by Hamas resulted in the abduction of more than 200 people. Negotiations over a possible cease-fire that would allow people in Gaza to move about safely and for hostages to be handed over back to Israel is still in the works.
The White House National Security Council denied that a deal had been reached between the U.S., Israel and Hamas.
Palestinians and Israelis in the Gaza Strip: Negotiations and the Prime Minister’s View on the Fate of the Hamas–run Territory
More than two dozen premature infants were transported to hospitals in Egypt on Monday after their hospital in Gaza was damaged in fighting.
There is a proposal for the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a truce in the ongoing war that has killed over 1,200 Israelis and over 13,700 Gazans, according to Palestinian officials.
The remaining issues in the negotiations were described by the prime minister as minor. The sticking points “are more logistical, they are more practical,” he said at a joint news conference with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, in Doha on Sunday.
U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, also sounded cautiously optimistic, saying the sides were “closer than we have been” to a deal and that the “gaps have narrowed.” However, Finer noted that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
Reports from Israel suggest that negotiations could involve the possible exchange of between 50 and 100 women and children on both sides in addition to a pause in the fighting.
Any deal would first need to be greenlit by Israel’s cabinet after an involved approval process, which could take up to 72 hours, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper.
The Hamas-run territory’s health ministry said at least a dozen people were killed at a hospital in northern Gaza on Monday. NPR wasn’t able to verify casualties at the hospital.
In a statement, the army claimed to have taken gunfire from inside the building. The statement sent to NPR says that there were no shells fired toward the hospital.
Israel, which claims hospitals are being used as Hamas control posts, has faced international criticism for the strikes on medical facilities there.
Jordan says it is sending a field hospital to Gaza to replace those damaged or destroyed by Israeli airstrikes. Palestinian officials said it would be the first field hospital to arrive since the beginning of the war began last month.
Also, in a statement on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” at Saturday’s killing of “dozens of people — many women and children” at two schools run by UNRWA, the U.N. refugee agency that oversees Palestinians. At least one of the schools was being used as a shelter by civilians in Gaza, the U.N. says.
Up First Briefing: Remembering Rosalynn Carter; Sam Altman heads to Microsoft (with a comment by Sheldon D.C. Carter)
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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter died yesterday at her home in Plains, Georgia. She was 96 years old. Carter, who was sometimes called the Steel Magnolia, is remembered for a lifetime spent as a mental health advocate and humanitarian. Former president Jimmy Carter is 99 years old and has been in hospice care since February.
Milei was overwhelmingly voted as the country’s next president. The far-right populist beat Argentina’s economy minister Sergio Massa in a runoff election. Milei’s style has drawn comparisons to former U.S. president Donald Trump.
Source: Up First briefing: Remembering Rosalynn Carter; [Sam Altman heads to Microsoft](https://lostobject.org/2023/11/20/the-first-briefings-were-rememberingrosalyn-carter-and-sam-altman-heading-to-microsoft/)
OpenAI’s Sam Altman: The Open AI Guy Who Made the Most Mistaken Sense Of His Past, and His Contribution To OpenAI
OpenAI co-founder and influential creator. Sam will lead Microsoft’s artificial intelligence team. The announcement comes after Altman was abruptly ousted from OpenAI by its board of directors over an apparent rift over balancing AI safety with the push to release new tools.
Billy Porter is the first openly gay man to win an award. He also has several awards under his belt. He was told that his queerness was a liability when he first came to prominence. The artist sings on his own terms for the new album.
Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7 when artist Ziva Jelin was living in Kibbutz Be’eri. When her family was evacuated to the Dead Sea, her artwork wasn’t a priority. Her work is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.