More newborns dying amid Israeli attacks

  • Displaced people sheltering at al-Shifa Hospital recount details of Israeli army’s storming and siege of the medical complex in Gaza City.
  • The WHO says an increasing number of children in Gaza are on the brink of death due to acute hunger, with newborns “simply dying because of low birth weight”.
  • Israel’s Eilat port faces layoffs amid Red Sea shipping crisis: Union

    Half of the workers at Israel’s Eilat port are at risk of losing their jobs due to the crisis in Red Sea shipping lanes, according to Israel’s main labour federation.

    Eilat sits on a northern tip of the Red Sea and was one of the first ports to be affected as shipping firms rerouted vessels to avoid attacks by the Houthis.

    The Histadrut labour federation, the umbrella organisation for hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, said port management has announced it intends to fire half of the 120 employees.

    The dock workers will hold a protest on Wednesday, it said.

    UN envoy hopeful ceasefire can be achieved in Qatar

    UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland has told Al Jazeera that he is hopeful that delegations from Israel and Hamas meeting for talks in Doha will succeed in the negotiations that include the release of captives held in Gaza and a pause in Israeli military activity on the ground.

    “That is the focus here in Doha over the next days,” he said. “The war will only stop if we manage to resolve the issue of the hostages.”

    Speaking of a possible ground invasion in Rafah, where more than one million displaced Palestinians are sheltering, Wennesland said the conflict was at a pivotal moment.

    “We are in a terrible situation where the war needs to come to an end as fast as possible,” he said. “We’re seeing what’s going on on the ground and we have a lot of unresolved questions.”

    More than 100 aid workers killed in 1 week in Gaza: Gov’t

    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.

    The media office said in a statement the targeting of aid workers was part of Israel’s strategy to “perpetuate the policy of starvation and deepen famine on a broader scale”.

    It expressed strong condemnation of Israel’s “terrorism” and its “genocidal war” as well as “America’s and some Western countries’ alignment with the occupation and involvement in the war” and called on the international community to intervene to stop “the massacre against our Palestinian people.”

    WHO records more than 400 attacks on Gaza healthcare facilities

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has documented 410 attacks on healthcare facilities in Gaza since October 7.

    “Attacks have resulted in 685 fatalities, 902 injuries, damage to 99 facilities and affected 104 ambulances,” the UN agency said on X.

    Nearly 40 percent of the attacks were in Gaza City, followed by 23 percent in North Gaza and 28 percent in Khan Younis in the south.

    “Health care is not a target. WHO calls for the respect of international law and active protection of civilians and health care,” the organisation said.

    In an investigation called October 7, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) reveals widespread human rights abuses by Hamas and other fighters, but it also shows how many of the worst stories that came out in the days after the attacks in southern Israel were false.

    The I-Unit examined seven hours of footage from CCTV, dashcams, personal phones and headcams of dead Hamas fighters. It reviewed the testimonies of hundreds of survivors, military personnel and first responders, drawing up a comprehensive list of the dead.

    The investigation also found that many claims after the attack were untrue, including about a house in the Be’eri kibbutz, where the Israeli army said eight babies were killed.

    The list of the dead reveals there were no babies there and, in fact, the 12 Israelis who died were almost certainly killed by Israeli ground forces.

    October 7 is a deep dive into a bloody day that has led to the killings of tens of thousands of people, the significance of which will reverberate for decades. Watch it below:

    Ceasefire talks continue

    A reminder that ceasefire talks between an Israeli delegation and mediators from Qatar, the US and Egypt have entered their third day in Qatar’s capital Doha.

    On Tuesday, the Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman said that while it remains too early to talk about a breakthrough, Doha remains “cautiously optimistic”.

    Mossad chief David Barnea, who was leading the Israeli delegation, returned to Tel Aviv on Tuesday to attend a war cabinet meeting, where Israeli officials discussed proposals and counterproposals made in Doha.

    We’ll bring you all the developments on that front when we can.

    Israeli forces arrest 30 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

    At least 30 Palestinians, including a woman and a child, have been arrested overnight in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society says in a statement.

    Most of the arrests took place in the Hebron governorate while others took place in the governorates of Jericho, Tulkarem, Nablus, Ramallah and Jerusalem.

    The advocacy organisation estimated 7,700 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces since October 7.

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