[bauaw] Bay Area United Against War Newsletter, February 16, 2024

  • From: bonnieweinstein <giobon@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: BAUAW <bauaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2024 10:33:28 -0800

 


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Saturday, February 24, 2024, 12:00 Noon

ILWU Local 10

400 North Point St., San Francisco

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Gaza Strip Access Restrictions.pdf since 2007

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gaza_Strip_Access_Restrictions.pdf
Palestinians killed and wounded by Israel:As of February 16, 2024, the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel is now over 30,000,* (at least 12,000 are children), 68,291 wounded, and more than 492 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.  The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) and the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission released a new tally of Palestinians detained by "Israel", revealing that the number of Palestinian prisoners in the West Bank has risen to more than 6,115.


*This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health and other sources including the New YorkTimes. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 36,000 when accounting for those presumed dead.


FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA  PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!END ALL U.S. AID TO ISRAEL!FOR A DEMOCRATIC, SECULAR PALESTINE!

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Free Speech Teach-In: Drop the Charges Against the Uhuru 3! Free Leonard Peltier!

Fight for Free Speech: Anti-Colonial Teach-In

Saturday, February 17th, 2024, 2 to 4pm

Tamarack, 1501 Harrison Street, Oakland, 94612

Uhuru Solidarity Movement

(510) 603-6150, oakland@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

“Fight for Free Speech,” teach-in features Mwezi Odom, chair of the Hands-Off Uhuru Fight-Back Coalition, Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and Dawn Lawson of the Leonard Peltier Ad Hoc Defense Committee.

·      Hess is one of the “Uhuru 3” facing 10 years in prison under a bogus DOJ indictment attacking her free speech rights to support black liberation.

·      Lawson will speak on the campaign to free Leonard Peltier, an Indigenous leader unjustly imprisoned for 46 years.

·      Odom leads the Hands Off Uhuru Fight-back Coalition to fight the US government’s attempt to silence the anti-colonial freedom struggles. 

 

“No More Genocide in Our Name” Uhuru Solidarity National Conference

March 9-10, 2024,  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Akwaaba Hall, 4101 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO. 63115 and online

NoMoreGenocide.eventbee.com

 

White people: go beyond protest and build the movement of anti-colonial solidarity with the African Revolution, under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.  

Oppose U.S.-backed genocidal wars in Occupied Palestine, Africa, Haiti, Latin America and within the colonial borders of the U.S. 

Take action to demand the U.S. government drop the bogus charges against the Uhuru 3 - Uhuru Movement founder/leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela and Uhuru Solidarity leaders Penny Hess and Jesse Nevel - who face 15 years in prison for fighting for reparations to African people. 

Defend anti-colonial free speech!  

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We are all Palestinian

Listen and view this beautiful, powerful, song by Mistahi Corkill on YouTube at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwuhbLczgI

Greetings,

Here is my new song and music video, We are all Palestinian, linked below. If you find it inspiring, please feel free to share with others. All the best!

Mistahi

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Thousands at stadium sing, "You'll Never Walk Alone," and wave Palestinian flags in Scotland.


We are all Palestinian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwuhbLczgI


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Labor for Palestine

Thousands of labor representatives marched Saturday, December 16, in Oakland, California. —Photo by Leon Kunstenaar

Video of December 16th Labor rally for Palestine.

 

Bay Area Unions and Workers Rally and March For Palestine In Oaklandhttps://youtu.be/L9k79honqIA


For More Information:bayarealabor4palestine@xxxxxxxxxProduction of Labor Video Project

www.labormedia.net

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ad3mEylwY

Just Like The Nazis Did

By David Rovics

 

After so many decades of patronage

By the world’s greatest empire

So many potential agreements

Were rejected by opening fire

After crushing so many uprisings

Now they’re making their ultimate bid

Pursuing their Final Solution

Just like the Nazis did

 

They forced refugees into ghettos

Then set the ghettos aflame

Murdering writers and poets

And so no one remember their names

Killing their entire families

The grandparents, women and kids

The uncles and cousins and babies

Just like the Nazis did

 

They’re bombing all means of sustaining

Human life at all

See the few shelters remaining

Watch as the tower blocks fall

They’re bombing museums and libraries

In order to get rid

Of any memory of the people who lived here

Just like the Nazis did

 

They’re saying these people are animals

And they should all end up dead

They’re sending soldiers into schools

And shooting children in the head

The rhetoric is identical

And with Gaza off the grid

They’ve already said what happens next

Just like the Nazis did

 

Words of war for domestic consumption

And lies for all the rest

To try to distract our attention

Among their enablers in the West

Because Israel needs their imports

To keep those pallets on the skids

They need fuel and they need missiles

Just like the Nazis did

 

They’re using food as a weapon

They’re using water that way, too

They’re trying to kill everyone in Gaza

Or make them flee, it’s true

As the pundits talk of “after the war”

Like with the Fall of Madrid

The victors are preparing for more

Just like the Nazis did

 

But it’s after the conquest’s complete

If history is any guide

When the occupying army

Is positioned to decide

When disease and famine kills

Whoever may have hid

Behind the ghetto walls

Just like the Nazis did

 

All around the world

People are trying to tell

There's a genocide unfolding

Ringing alarm bells

But with such a powerful axis

And so many lucrative bids

They know who wants their money

Just like the Nazis did

 

There's so many decades of patronage

For the world's greatest empire

So many potential agreements

Were rejected by opening fire

They're crushing so many uprisings

Now they're making their ultimate bid

Pursuing their final solution

Just like the Nazis did

  Just like the Nazis did

    Just like the Nazis did


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Free Julian Assange


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Immediate Repeated Action Needed to Free Assange

 

Please call your Congressional Representatives, the White House, and the DOJ. Calls are tallied—they do count.  We are to believe we are represented in this country.  This is a political case, so our efforts can change things politically as well.  Please take this action as often as you can:

 

Find your representatives:

https://www.congress.gov/members/find-your-member

 

Leave each of your representatives a message individually to: 

·      Drop the charges against Julian Assange

·      Speak out publicly against the indictment and

·      Sign on to Rashida Tlaib's letter to the DOJ to drop the charges: 

           202-224-3121—Capitol Main Switchboard 

 

Leave a message on the White House comment line to Demand Julian Assange be pardoned: 

             202-456-1111

             Tuesday–Thursday, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. EST

 

Call the DOJ and demand they drop the charges against Julian Assange:

             202-353-1555—DOJ Comment Line

             202-514-2000 Main Switchboard 



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Mumia Abu-Jamal is Innocent!

FREE HIM NOW!

Write to Mumia at:

Smart Communications/PADOC

Mumia Abu-Jamal #AM-8335

SCI Mahanoy

P.O. Box 33028

St. Petersburg, FL 33733


Join the Fight for Mumia's Life

Since September, Mumia Abu-Jamal's health has been declining at a concerning rate. He has lost weight, is anemic, has high blood pressure and an extreme flair up of his psoriasis, and his hair has fallen out. In April 2021 Mumia underwent open heart surgery. Since then, he has been denied cardiac rehabilitation care including a healthy diet and exercise.

Donate to Mumia Abu-Jamal's Emergency Legal and Medical Defense Fund, Official 2024

Mumia has instructed PrisonRadio to set up this fund. Gifts donated here are designated for the Mumia Abu-Jamal Medical and Legal Defense Fund. If you are writing a check or making a donation in another way, note this in the memo line.

Send to:

 Mumia Medical and Legal Fund c/o Prison Radio

P.O. Box 411074, San Francisco, CA 94103

Prison Radio is a project of the Redwood Justice Fund (RJF), which is a California 501c3 (Tax ID no. 680334309) not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the defense of the environment and of civil and human rights secured by law.  Prison Radio/Redwood Justice Fund PO Box 411074, San Francisco, CA 94141

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Leonard Peltier’s sister, Linda.

 

Leonard is humbly requesting help with funeral expenses.

 

Even a dollar or two would be greatly appreciated.

 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-leonard-peltier-family-bury-his-sister-linda?utm_campaign=p_cp+fundraiser-sidebar&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer

 

Respect,

Dawn Lawson

Personal Assistant Leonard Peltier

Executive Assistant Jenipher Jones, Esq.

Secretary Leonard Peltier Ad Hoc Committee

800-901-4413

dawn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

www.freeleonardpeltiernow.org




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Leonard Peltier Update - Not One More Year

 

Coleman 1 has gone on permanent lockdown.

The inmates are supposed to be allowed out two hours a day. I have not heard from Leonard since the 18th. 

The last time I talked to Leonard, he asked where his supporters were. He asked me if anyone cared about these lockdowns.

Leonard lives in a filthy, cold cell 22 to 24 hours a day. He has not seen a dentist in ten years. I asked him, “On a scale of 1 to 10, is your pain level at 13?” He said, “Something like that.” Leonard is a relentless truth-teller. He does not like it when I say things that do not make sense mathematically. 

That is why Leonard remains imprisoned. He will not lie. He will not beg, grovel, or denounce his beliefs. 

Please raise your voice. Ask your representatives why they have abdicated their responsibility to oversee the Bureau of Prisons and ensure they adhere to Constitutional law.

Uhuru, The African People’s Socialist Party, has stepped up for Leonard. NOT ONE MORE YEAR.

 

Fight for Free Speech – YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM8GDeGv90E

 

Leonard should not have spent a day in prison. Click “LEARN” on our website to find out what really happened on that reservation: 

www.freeleonardpeltiernow.org


A Plea for the Compassionate Release of Leonard Peltier

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Self Portrait by Leonard Peltier


Write to:

Leonard Peltier 89637-132

USP Coleman 1

P.O. Box 1033

Coleman, FL 33521

Note: Letters, address and return address must be in writing—no stickers—and on plain white paper.

Video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWdJdODKO6M&feature=youtu.be
Sign our petition urging President Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier.

 

https://www.freeleonardpeltier.com/petition

 

Email: contact@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Address: 116 W. Osborne Ave. Tampa, Florida 33603


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Updates From Kevin Cooper 

A Never-ending Constitutional Violation

A summary of the current status of Kevin Cooper’s case by the Kevin Cooper Defense Committee

 

      On October 26, 2023, the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP wrote a rebuttal in response to the Special Counsel's January 13, 2023 report upholding the conviction of their client Kevin Cooper. A focus of the rebuttal was that all law enforcement files were not turned over to the Special Counsel during their investigation, despite a request for them to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office.

      On October 29, 2023, Law Professors Lara Bazelon and Charlie Nelson Keever, who run the six member panel that reviews wrongful convictions for the San Francisco County District Attorney's office, published an OpEd in the San Francisco Chronicle calling the "Innocence Investigation” done by the Special Counsel in the Cooper case a “Sham Investigation” largely because Cooper has unsuccessfully fought for years to obtain the police and prosecutor files in his case. This is a Brady claim, named for the U.S. Supreme court’s 1963 case establishing the Constitutional rule that defendants are entitled to any information in police and prosecutor's possession that could weaken the state's case or point to innocence. Brady violations are a leading cause of wrongful convictions. The Special Counsel's report faults Cooper for not offering up evidence of his own despite the fact that the best evidence to prove or disprove Brady violations or other misconduct claims are in those files that the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office will not turn over to the Special Counsel or to Cooper's attorneys.

      On December 14, 2023, the president of the American Bar Association (ABA), Mary Smith, sent Governor Gavin Newsom a three page letter on behalf of the ABA stating in part that Mr.Cooper's counsel objected to the state's failure to provide Special Counsel all documents in their possession relating to Mr.Cooper's conviction, and that concerns about missing information are not new. For nearly 40 years Mr.Cooper's attorneys have sought this same information from the state.

      On December 19, 2023, Bob Egelko, a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote an article about the ABA letter to the Governor that the prosecutors apparently withheld evidence from the Governor's legal team in the Cooper case.

      These are just a few recent examples concerning the ongoing failure of the San Bernardino County District Attorney to turn over to Cooper's attorney's the files that have been requested, even though under the law and especially the U.S. Constitution, the District Attorney of San Bernardino county is required to turn over to the defendant any and all material and or exculpatory evidence that they have in their files. Apparently, they must have something in their files because they refuse to turn them over to anyone.

      The last time Cooper's attorney's received files from the state, in 2004, it wasn't from the D.A. but a Deputy Attorney General named Holly Wilkens in Judge Huff's courtroom. Cooper's attorneys discovered a never before revealed police report showing that a shirt was discovered that had blood on it and was connected to the murders for which Cooper was convicted, and that the shirt had disappeared. It had never been tested for blood. It was never turned over to Cooper's trial attorney, and no one knows where it is or what happened to it. Cooper's attorneys located the woman who found that shirt on the side of the road and reported it to the Sheriff's Department. She was called to Judge Huff's court to testify about finding and reporting that shirt to law enforcement. That shirt was the second shirt found that had blood on it that was not the victims’ blood. This was in 2004, 19 years after Cooper's conviction.

      It appears that this ongoing constitutional violation that everyone—from the Special Counsel to the Governor's legal team to the Governor himself—seems to know about, but won't do anything about, is acceptable in order to uphold Cooper's conviction.

But this type of thing is supposed to be unacceptable in the United States of America where the Constitution is supposed to stand for something other than a piece of paper with writing on it. How can a Governor, his legal team, people who support and believe in him ignore a United States citizen’s Constitutional Rights being violated for 40 years in order to uphold a conviction?

      This silence is betrayal of the Constitution. This permission and complicity by the Governor and his team is against everything that he and they claim to stand for as progressive politicians. They have accepted the Special Counsel's report even though the Special Counsel did not receive the files from the district attorney that may not only prove that Cooper is innocent, but that he was indeed framed by the Sheriff’s Department; and that evidence was purposely destroyed and tampered with, that certain witnesses were tampered with, or ignored if they had information that would have helped Cooper at trial, that evidence that the missing shirt was withheld from Cooper's trial attorney, and so much more.

      Is the Governor going to get away with turning a blind eye to this injustice under his watch?

      Are progressive people going to stay silent and turn their eyes blind in order to hopefully get him to end the death penalty for some while using Cooper as a sacrificial lamb?


An immediate act of solidarity we can all do right now is to write to Kevin and assure him of our continuing support in his fight for justice. Here’s his address:

Mr. Kevin Cooper

C-65304. 4-EB-82

San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin, CA 94974

 

Call California Governor Newsom:

1-(916) 445-2841

Press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish, 

press 6 to speak with a representative and

wait for someone to answer 

(Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. PST—12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST)


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The writers' organization PEN America is circulating this petition on behalf of Jason Renard Walker, a Texas prisoner whose life is being threatened because of his exposés of the Texas prison system. 


See his book, Reports from within the Belly of the Beast; available on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Reports-Within-Belly-Beast-Department-ebook/dp/B084656JDZ/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/protect-whistleblowers-in-carceral-settings


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Sign the petition:

https://dontextraditeassange.com/petition/


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Tell Congress to Help #FreeDanielHale

 

I’m pleased to announce that last week our client, Daniel Hale, was awarded the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence. The “Corner-Brightener Candlestick” was presented to Daniel’s friend Noor Mir. You can watch the online ceremony here.

As it happens, this week is also the 20th anniversary of the first drone assassination in Yemen. From the beginning, the drone assassination program has been deeply shrouded in secrecy, allowing U.S. officials to hide significant violations of international law, and the American Constitution. In addition to the lives directly impacted by these strikes, the program has significantly eroded respect for international law and thereby puts civilians around the world in danger.

Daniel Hale’s revelations threw a beam of light into a very dark corner, allowing journalists to definitively show that the government's official narrative was a lie. It is thanks to the great personal sacrifice of drone whistleblowers like Hale that public understanding has finally begun to catch up to reality.

As the Sam Adams Associates note:

 “Mr. Hale was well aware of the cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment to which other courageous officials have been subjected — and that he would likely suffer the same. And yet — in the manner of his famous ancestor Nathan Hale — he put his country first, knowing what awaited him at the hands of those who serve what has become a repressive Perpetual War State wreaking havoc upon much of the world.”


We hope you’ll join the growing call to pardon or commute Hale’s sentence. U.S. citizens can contact your representatives here.

Happy new year, and thank you for your support!

Jesselyn Radack
Director
Whistleblower & Source Protection Program (WHISPeR)
ExposeFacts

Twitter: @JesselynRadack

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Resources for Resisting Federal Repressionhttps://www.nlg.org/federalrepressionresources/

 

Since June of 2020, activists have been subjected to an increasingly aggressive crackdown on protests by federal law enforcement. The federal response to the movement for Black Lives has included federal criminal charges for activists, door knocks by federal law enforcement agents, and increased use of federal troops to violently police protests. 

 

The NLG National Office is releasing this resource page for activists who are resisting federal repression. It includes a link to our emergency hotline numbers, as well as our library of Know-Your-Rights materials, our recent federal repression webinar, and a list of some of our recommended resources for activists. We will continue to update this page. 

 

Please visit the NLG Mass Defense Program page for general protest-related legal support hotlines run by NLG chapters.

 

Emergency Hotlines

If you are contacted by federal law enforcement, you should exercise all of your rights. It is always advisable to speak to an attorney before responding to federal authorities. 

 

State and Local Hotlines

If you have been contacted by the FBI or other federal law enforcement, in one of the following areas, you may be able to get help or information from one of these local NLG hotlines for: 

 

Portland, Oregon: (833) 680-1312

San Francisco, California: (415) 285-1041 or fbi_hotline@xxxxxxxxx

Seattle, Washington: (206) 658-7963

National Hotline

If you are located in an area with no hotline, you can call the following number:

 

National NLG Federal Defense Hotline: (212) 679-2811


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1) Israel says it sent special forces into the largest hospital in southern Gaza.

By Vivian Yee, Feb. 15, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/15/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

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Inside a damaged room at the Nasser Medical Complex in southern Gaza in December. Credit...Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Israel sent troops into Nasser Medical Complex on Thursday in what it said was a search for Hamas fighters and the bodies of hostages, an incursion that raised alarm over the fate of hundreds of patients and medical workers and the many displaced Palestinians who had sought shelter there from the war.

 

The raid came two days after Israel’s military ordered displaced people to evacuate the hospital, the largest in southern Gaza and one of the last ones functioning in the enclave, and after warnings by health officials that a military operation there could be catastrophic for civilians.

 

Ashraf al-Qudra, the Gazan health ministry’s spokesman, said that the Israeli military had demolished the southern wall of the complex and begun storming it, overrunning the ambulance center and an area where displaced people had been living in tents.

 

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders, which has staff members at the hospital, said that shelling on Thursday morning had left “an undetermined number of people killed and injured” and called on Israel to halt the operation. Videos posted to social media on Thursday and verified by The New York Times show scenes of confusion, with people carrying backpacks and rolled-up bedding lined up inside the hospital grounds as a voice on a loudspeaker, apparently that of an Israeli soldier, tells them to leave.

 

The Israeli military said that special forces soldiers were “conducting a precise and limited operation inside Nasser” against Hamas, which it accused of hiding in the hospital among wounded civilians. Israel, which has said that Hamas uses hospitals across Gaza as cover for military operations, said it had intelligence, including from released hostages, that Hamas had held captives at the hospital and that their bodies might be there.

 

Neither Israel’s claims nor those of the Gazan authorities could be independently verified.

 

On Thursday, Israel said that it had detained “a number of suspects” at Nasser, in the city of Khan Younis, and Dr. al-Qudra said that Israeli forces had bulldozed graves on the hospital grounds. In past raids on Gaza hospitals during the war, the Israeli military has arrested medical staff members and dug up graves, saying it was searching for hostages’ bodies.

 

Hamas and hospital administrators have denied that Hamas uses medical facilities for military operations. International law experts have said Israel is obligated to protect hospitals and other civilian infrastructure with only narrow exceptions, such as if they are clearly being used for military purposes.

 

The Israeli military has faced rising international condemnation for its actions against Gazan hospitals, mosques and schools, and on Thursday it said that it aimed to ensure that Nasser could continue treating patients despite the military operation. Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, said that at the hospital’s request, the military had arranged to allow international aid groups to deliver medical supplies and equipment to the hospital in recent days, including oxygen tanks and fuel.

 

The United Nations has said that the Israeli military allowed supplies to reach Nasser on Feb. 9 after seven previous attempts to bring aid there failed, as anesthesia, fuel, food and medical supplies ran dangerously low. U.N. officials have said that the Israeli military has impeded deliveries of aid across Gaza, an allegation Israel has denied.

 

Nasser has become a focus of Israel’s ground offensive against Hamas in southern Gaza, and in recent days doctors there described bombings and gunfire killing people inside the complex as Israeli forces edged toward its gates. After the Israeli military ordered displaced people sheltering there to evacuate, hundreds of Palestinians fled the hospital on Wednesday, although it was unclear where they would go in a territory pounded by airstrikes and riddled with fighting.

 

Admiral Hagari said the Israeli military had opened a “humanitarian corridor” to allow civilians to leave the complex safely. But some Palestinians who left Nasser on Thursday risked drone fire outside, according to Mohammad Salama, a journalist who fled the hospital.

 

On Tuesday, doctors and health officials said that people who had tried to flee the hospital came under fire, and that some were killed.

 

Asked for comment, the Israeli military on Thursday did not offer specific responses to those allegations.

 

Patrick Kingsley contributed reporting from Jerusalem, Rawan Sheikh Ahmad from Haifa, Israel, Ameera Harouda from Doha, Qatar, and Adam Sella from Tel Aviv.


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2) Lebanese state media says Israeli strikes there killed 10 civilians.

By Adam Sella and Euan Ward, Feb. 15, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/15/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

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Rescuers on Thursday at a building in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh that was hit in a strike. Credit...Mahmoud Zayyat/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Israel’s military launched new attacks on targets in Lebanon on Thursday, a day after its strikes in southern Lebanon killed at least 10 civilians, the most in months of cross-border fighting.

 

The strikes — which came in response to a rocket attack from Lebanon on Wednesday that killed one Israeli soldier and wounded eight other people — amplified fears that months of cross-border clashes could escalate into a full-fledged war.

 

On Thursday, Lebanon’s state media reported that 10 civilians had been killed in the Israeli strikes, including seven members of one family in the city of Nabatieh. Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Najib Mikati, on Thursday condemned the Israeli military “aggression” and requested that an urgent complaint against Israel be brought before the U.N. Security Council, according to a statement from his office.

 

Israel’s military later said that its fighter jets had carried out more strikes inside Lebanon against targets belonging to Hezbollah, the powerful militia that is an ally of Hamas in Gaza. Hezbollah and Israel have engaged in intense cross-border strikes since the Hamas-led attacks in Israel on Oct. 7.

 

Since Wednesday, Hezbollah has announced the deaths of at least eight of its fighters, although it has not specified when or where they had died. Israel’s military said that one was a commander in Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Force that had been killed by Israeli strikes on Wednesday; the group confirmed the man’s death but did not describe his position.

 

The escalations have reignited fears that a second front could open in Israel’s war against Hamas. Hezbollah has vowed to respond to the Israeli strikes — and Israeli leaders have signaled that they, too, were prepared to fight.

 

“We have no interest in war, but we must prepare,” Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, said in videotaped remarks released on Thursday.  

 

Mr. Gallant said earlier on Thursday that he had spoken to the U.S. defense secretary, Lloyd J. Austin III, about the “ongoing threats and attacks” from Hezbollah.

 

The United States is one of several countries that have been involved in diplomatic efforts to defuse the cross-border tensions.


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3) Israel says a hospital raid was about the hostages, a source of division in the country.

By Cassandra Vinograd, Feb. 15, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/15/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

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Relatives and supporters of hostages taken in Israel on Oct. 7 posing in Tel Aviv this month. Credit...Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Israel’s military said its raid of Nasser Medical Complex in Gaza on Thursday was partly driven by intelligence showing that Hamas had held hostages there and that the bodies of captives could be at the hospital.

 

The operation came amid an increasingly divisive public debate in Israel over the government’s course of action in Gaza regarding the hostages captured by Hamas and other groups on Oct. 7. More than 130 hostages remain in the enclave, including at least 30 who are believed to have died, according to the Israeli security services.

 

Israel has said that securing their freedom is a key aim of its war, but rifts have been growing in Israeli society between those who seek an immediate deal to release the hostages and those who think a better deal can be secured after further military action.

 

Those divisions have been on stark display in recent days. On Monday, Israeli commandos freed two hostages in a rescue operation accompanied by airstrikes that killed scores of Gazans, on the eve of talks in Cairo aimed at securing a cease-fire and the release of hostages.

 

Officials from a number of countries, including Israel and the United States, met in Cairo to discuss a possible deal to trade hostages for Palestinians held in Israeli prisons and to suspend the war in Gaza. William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, who has been involved in efforts to free the hostages, visited Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, according to two people briefed on the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations.

 

But Israeli news media reported on Wednesday that Mr. Netanyahu had told his negotiators not to participate further in the discussions. Those reports infuriated some relatives of hostages, who say that the government is not doing enough to rescue their loved ones. The main alliance of the hostages’ family members protested outside the homes of Mr. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials that evening.

 

“This decision amounts in effect to sacrificing knowingly all of the hostages’ lives,” the alliance known as the Hostages and Missing Families Forum said in a statement.

 

A few relatives of hostages have said that the Israeli military should continue its war against Hamas until it has achieved its objectives, even if that means their family members remain in captivity.

 

Mr. Netanyahu said on Wednesday night that “strong military pressure and very tough negotiations” would be key to freeing more of the remaining hostages. In a post on social media, he also praised the Israeli military operation in Rafah on Monday that freed the two hostages held by Hamas.

 

Dozens of Palestinians were killed by strikes Israel carried out around that raid, according to the Gazan health ministry, further casualties in a war that the ministry there says has claimed the lives of more than 28,000 people in the enclave.

 

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday called for Hamas to speed up an exchange of hostages for prisoners to spare the Palestinian people further “catastrophe” in the war, according to the authority’s official news agency.

 

Israel’s claims about Hamas activity at Nasser hospital could not be independently verified, and Hamas and hospital administrators have denied that the group uses medical facilities for military operations.


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4) He Lost a Son, Then Chronicled Life in a Gaza Hospital

By Rachel Abrams, Aaron Boxerman and Ben Hubbard, Feb. 15, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/15/world/middleeast/gaza-nasser-hospital.html

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The scene at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in January, when Mustafa Abutaha was still there taking shelter. Credit...Ahmed Zakot/Reuters


For weeks, Mustafa Abutaha wandered the halls of one of Gaza’s few functioning hospitals and filled his days by volunteering to do whatever was needed — sweeping floors, baking bread, dressing injured patients, feeding dates or tomato sandwiches to those who couldn’t feed themselves. Anything to avoid thinking about his son, Muhammed.

 

As the Israeli military targeted the southern city of Khan Younis in early December and fighting with Hamas intensified, his family’s home was struck while he was visiting a neighbor, Mr. Abutaha said. His brother was killed. Three of his five children were injured. And Muhammed, 18, was found motionless in a stairwell.

 

“If somebody sends me his picture, I just shout at him and say: ‘Please don’t remind me of my son. He’s already dead. Please, I don’t want to bring back memories,’” Mr. Abutaha said. “Oblivion, forgetfulness, is a blessing from God.”

 

Soon after the strike, he said, he and his family fled to Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis, at the time one of the last facilities in the Gaza Strip still offering medical care and shelter to the displaced. Now, its operations are in peril.

 

Israeli forces raided the hospital on Thursday, saying this was aimed at Hamas activity inside, after ordering the evacuation of the thousands of civilians sheltering there earlier this week. Hundreds of patients, staff members and displaced Palestinians had already fled, including Mr. Abutaha, though many remained.

 

Beginning in December, Mr. Abutaha, a professor of English, sent dozens of voice and video messages to The New York Times providing an unusually direct window into the struggle to survive inside an embattled Gaza hospital.

 

“Our situation is unbearable,” he said in one of the messages. “We can’t endure anymore.”

 

Blow by blow, the war in Gaza has dismantled Mr. Abutaha’s life, as it has for so many others in the territory of about 2.2 million Palestinians.

 

His university was shuttered by the fighting and it is unclear whether it will ever reopen. His wife managed to take his surviving children to Egypt for medical treatment, but it is not clear whether they will fully recover, he said. (His fifth and eldest child left the country before the war). He doesn’t know when he will see them again. He has tried to rejoin them, he says, but Israel and Egypt have made it extremely difficult to leave.

 

With nowhere to go after the strike on his home, Mr. Abutaha, 47, volunteered at the hospital, where he took advantage of the relatively reliable internet — a rarity in Gaza — to communicate with The Times. He connected reporters with hospital staff members and patients and shared videos, voice memos and texts showing the grim conditions.

 

Doctors struggling with scarce supplies. Displaced people sleeping in hallways. Hunger gnawing as food grew scarce. Casualties pouring into the hospital wards.

 

The war began after the Hamas-led Oct. 7 attack on Israel that, Israeli officials say, killed about 1,200 people. Israel responded with heavy bombardment of Gaza and a ground invasion that have devastated the small coastal enclave, killing an estimated 28,000 people, displacing most of the population and setting off a humanitarian catastrophe.

 

Israel has accused Hamas, which gained control of Gaza in 2007, of using hospitals for its military operations, turning them, the Israelis claim, into legitimate military targets. The Israelis have ordered evacuations from a number of hospitals, and Israeli soldiers raided some of them.

 

Hamas and hospital administrators have previously denied the Israeli claims. Classified Israeli intelligence reviewed by The Times suggests that Hamas operated under a major hospital, Al-Shifa, but it falls short of proving Israel’s early contention that there was a command center there.

 

In his many messages from Nasser hospital, Mr. Abutaha condemned Israel for its assault on Gaza.

 

But in conversations with The Times in recent months, he also criticized Hamas, sentiments rarely expressed publicly in Gaza during the war, in part for fear of retribution by the militant group. During the 2014 Gaza war, Mr. Abutaha wrote a handful of online posts that painted Hamas in a positive light, but now he suggested that the Oct. 7 attack had needlessly endangered Palestinians. And he said he opposed violence, including that attack.

 

“Lots of people cursing Hamas, cursing the leaders,” he said in a voice message, speaking English. “Hamas started the war,” but we are “the victims of this war.”

 

Mr. Abutaha’s video messages showed more people seeking shelter in the hospital each day, hanging laundry from the windows, sleeping in the hallways and stringing up sheets for a modicum of privacy. In the orthopedic ward, displaced Gazans struggled to find space inside a complex that was never meant to house so many people.

 

Without enough to eat, Mr. Abutaha noticed one day that he could see his clavicles for the first time in years.

 

“You see the bones?” he said in one video.

 

When he couldn’t find coffee, he poured hot water over burned toast or crushed date pits, just to have some black liquid to drink.

 

When aid convoys reached the area, people lined up for whatever they could grab, said Haneen Abu Tiba, 27, one of the people sheltering at the hospital whom The Times connected with through Mr. Abutaha.

 

Sometimes, chaos broke out and people pushed and shoved, she said, as Hamas’s security forces did little to keep order. She said she had fled airstrikes in her neighborhood with her mother and sisters.

 

In January, Mr. Abutaha and his cousin got an aid package and shared a video of the box’s contents: two kilograms of dates, 10 cans of beans, two kilograms of sugar and five kilograms of rice.

 

It seemed like a bounty at a time when hunger is so widespread.

 

Mr. Abutaha recounted how he had saved for years to build his four-story house in Khan Younis and had hosted Westerners who came to Gaza on humanitarian missions.

 

Now, the house is a shell of rubble and twisted metal, he said.

 

On the day that changed the family’s life forever, Mr. Abutaha’s wife, Reem, had left to run an errand right before their home was struck, she said in an interview. In the chaos, it was not clear where Muhammed’s body had been taken.

 

Ms. Abutaha barely made it to the graveyard in time to find neighbors burying him, she said.

 

At the hospital, a close friend of Mr. Abutaha’s, Dr. Ahmed al-Farra, who ran Nasser’s pediatric ward, treated those wounded in the strike.

 

“This was the worst day of my life,” Dr. al-Farra said in an interview. “The E.R. was full of blood and injured children and injured patients, and there weren’t enough doctors to help them.”

 

Mr. Abutaha’s daughter, Leyan, 14, had a brain injury that left her in a coma for a month and a half, her mother said. Another son, Abdul Aziz, 16, had a skull fracture, a broken jaw and a crushed foot. Yamen, 6, had a thigh wound and burns.

 

Every time Mr. Abutaha speaks with his wife in Egypt, she begs him to come help her care for their children in the unfamiliar country. He tells her he is trying.

 

Last month, fearing for his safety as the Israeli military approached the hospital, Mr. Abutaha fled with a handful of doctors. He is now living in a tent in al-Mawasi, an area with little infrastructure that has become overcrowded with displaced Gazans.

 

He said he has developed a bad cough, and with little water or soap for bathing, he has taken to swimming in the sea and rubbing his body with sand to get clean.

 

Mr. Abutaha is still trying to stay busy, he said, but there is not much to do, and so the memories keep coming back.

 

“I can’t forget,” he said.

 

He has deleted the photos of his dead son from his phone.

 

Video production by Axel Boada.


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5) Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Dies in Prison, Russian Authorities Say

The opposition leader, who was poisoned in 2020, had spent months in isolation.

By Andrew E. Kramer and Valerie Hopkins, Feb. 16, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/world/europe/aleksei-navalny-dead-russia.html

Mr. Navalny was routinely arrested, including in Moscow in 2013. Credit...Evgeny Feldman/Associated Press


Aleksei A. Navalny, an anticorruption activist who for more than a decade led the political opposition in President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia, died Friday in a prison inside the Arctic Circle, according to the Russian authorities.

 

His death was announced by Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, which said that Mr. Navalny, 47, lost consciousness on Friday after taking a walk in the prison where he was moved late last year. He was last seen on Thursday, when he had appeared in a court hearing via video link, smiling behind the bars of a cell and making jokes.

 

Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s longtime chief of staff, said he was not yet ready to accept the news that Mr. Navalny was dead. “We have no reason to believe state propaganda,” Volkov wrote on the social platform X. “If this is true, then it’s not ‘Navalny died,’ but ‘Putin killed Navalny,’ and only that. But I don’t trust them one penny.”

 

Mr. Navalny had been serving multiple sentences that would most likely have kept him in prison until at least 2031 on charges that his supporters say were largely fabricated in an effort to muzzle him. Despite increasingly harsh conditions, including repeated stints in solitary confinement, he maintained a presence on social media, while members of his team continued to publish investigations into Russia’s corrupt elite from exile.

 

Mr. Navalny was given a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence in February 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany, where he had been recovering from being poisoned with a nerve agent the previous August. In March 2022, he received a nine-year sentence for embezzlement and fraud in a trial that international observers denounced as “politically motivated” and a “sham.” And in August 2023, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison for “extremism.”

 

Mr. Navalny had effectively returned from the dead after his 2020 poisoning and had conducted multiple hunger strikes to improve his treatment, with many of his supporters believing him to be all but invincible.

 

During his detention, Mr. Navalny was repeatedly placed in solitary confinement, and complained about severe illnesses. In December, he disappeared for three weeks during his transfer to a penal colony 40 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

 

Mr. Navalny was an unflinching critic of Mr. Putin, a former K.G.B. officer whom he accused of corruptly skimming the country’s oil profits to enrich his friends and entourage in the security services. Mr. Putin’s political party, he said, was a party of “swindlers and thieves,” and he accused the president of trying to turn Russia into a “feudal state.”

 

Mr. Navalny was known for his innovative tactics in fighting corruption and promoting democracy. Defying expectations, he cannily used street politics and social media to build a tenacious opposition movement even after much of the independent news media in Russia was squelched and other critics were driven into exile or killed in unsolved murders.

 

In the years before Russia invaded Ukraine, many of Mr. Navalny’s associates, and in some cases their relatives, were arrested or forced into exile.

 

Before his reported death, he was the most prominent critic of Mr. Putin still standing in Russia, at a time when the president has engineered a path to remain in power until at least 2036.

 

Mr. Navalny was thought to have been physically attacked at least twice before: a suspected poisoning attempt when he was in jail in 2019; and an assault in 2017 in which someone threw a green liquid in his face, nearly blinding him.

 

He had spoken openly of the possibility that he might be assassinated.

 

“I’m trying not to think about it a lot,” he said in an interview with CBS News in 2017. “If you start to think about what kind of risks I have, you cannot do anything.”

 

Mr. Navalny became violently ill and fell into a coma on Aug. 20, 2020, shortly after boarding a flight from Siberia, where he had met with opposition candidates for local office.

 

He said the poison had been planted in his underwear at his hotel sometime before he boarded the plane. The flight made an emergency landing in the Russian city of Omsk, where doctors for two days resisted his wife’s pleas that he be transferred to Germany for treatment.

 

Mr. Navalny was eventually evacuated to Berlin on an air ambulance flight arranged by the foundation of a movie producer based there. A little more than a week later, the German government announced that he had been poisoned with a nerve agent from the highly potent Novichok family of toxins. The evidence, German officials said, was “unequivocal.”

 

Russian officials had previously deployed a low-level campaign of harassment against Mr. Navalny. He was frequently arrested and jailed for short spells, usually for minor offenses related to protesting without a parade permit.

 

Mr. Putin barely mentioned Mr. Navalny’s name, and the state news media steadfastly ignored him throughout his decade-long anticorruption campaign. Yet Mr. Navalny, a young, scrappy politician, found a base of support in the Russian middle class, and that clearly irritated the Kremlin.

 

Dismissing him as an unpatriotic gadfly, the Kremlin at times seemed willing to overlook his criticisms to give Mr. Putin the veneer of running a government that tolerated dissent. The short detentions allowed the Russian authorities to keep Mr. Navalny out of sight for important events, like organized protests, while escaping criticism for harsh treatment that might make him a martyr.

 

Despite the attacks and the jail terms, Mr. Navalny persevered, he said, out of a desire to change the course of his country and not let down the people who worked with him. He was angry at what he called Mr. Putin’s self-dealing inner circle and the security services that protected it.

 

“I do this because I hate these people,” he said in an interview with The New York Times in 2011, before he rose to prominence.


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6) Israel’s military is in control of Nasser hospital, Gazan officials say.

By Victoria Kim and Adam Rasgon, Feb. 16, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/16/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

Video obtained by Reuters showing people inside the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis on Thursday. Credit...via Reuters


Israeli special forces were combing the grounds of southern Gaza’s largest hospital on Friday and questioning suspects, the military said, as Gazan officials announced that five patients had died there after all power was lost amid an Israeli raid on the facility.

 

Gaza’s Health Ministry said that electric generators had cut out and that all power was lost at the hospital, the Nasser Medical Complex, but did not specify the reason. The ministry said on Facebook that the Israeli military was in control of the complex, which it raided early Thursday.

 

The Israeli military said in a statement on Friday that its forces had arrested 20 people who it said had participated in the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack, and that it had detained dozens of others for questioning. It also said its troops had found mortar shells and grenades belonging to Hamas in the area of the hospital.

 

In announcing its raid, the Israeli military said that its action was based partly on intelligence that hostages had been held at the complex and that their bodies could have been there. Late Thursday, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military’s chief spokesman, said that its forces had not found any hostages taken in the Oct. 7 attack, but that their search was continuing.

 

On Friday, the Israeli military said medication bearing the names of Israeli hostages had been discovered during the search of Nasser hospital. The source of the drugs and how they were used was “being looked into,” the military said in a statement.

 

While Israel and Hamas reached a deal last month that would allow medications to be delivered to Israeli hostages, it was unclear if any had reached the captives.

 

Neither the Israeli claims nor those of the Gazan authorities could be independently verified. Communications with people inside the Nasser complex, in the city of Khan Younis, have been extremely spotty since Israel’s military pushed into its grounds before dawn on Thursday, smashing through the perimeter and entering the compound as explosions and gunfire rang out.

 

Videos showed chaotic scenes inside the hospital’s smoke-filled corridors, with parts of the ceiling collapsing and wire and beams protruding as gurneys were rushed past.

 

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday that its staff had had to evacuate but that the weakest patients had stayed behind. The Israeli military ordered all remaining workers and patients into one building, according to a voice memo from a doctor provided by the group.

 

Israel has accused Hamas of using hospitals for military purposes, and its raid on the Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza in November revealed a stone-and-concrete tunnel shaft below.

 

The army said in January that it had detected the launch of mortar fire from the Nasser complex toward Israeli soldiers.

 

Early Friday, the health ministry in Gaza said that the hospital’s power supply had cut out, endangering the lives of six adult patients in critical care and three infants in incubators who were dependent on oxygen. About 40 minutes later, the ministry said that three of the patients had died. The deaths of two others who had been dependent on oxygen were announced later.

 

Oxygen is pumped from a central station to patients’ beds and the pumping process requires power, Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the ministry, said in an interview.

 

He noted that 186 patients, 95 health professionals and 176 other people were still inside the hospital. Among the remaining patients, Mr. al-Qidra said that 18 were in particularly concerning condition.

 

Nasser had been the largest functioning hospital left in Gaza. Two days before the raid, the Israeli military began ordering the evacuation of the thousands of civilians who were sheltering at the complex, setting off alarm from international observers.

 

“Nasser is the backbone of the health system in southern Gaza,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization, wrote on the social platform X earlier in the week. “It must be protected.”

 

Several people were also killed or wounded in Thursday morning’s incursion, including at least one doctor and one patient, according to Doctors Without Borders, Gazan health officials and a doctor at the hospital.

 

Aaron Boxerman contributed reporting.


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7) The W.H.O. requests access to Nasser hospital amid ‘deeply alarming’ reports from inside.

By Nick Cumming-Bruce reporting from Geneva, Feb. 16, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/16/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

An Israeli helicopter flying over Khan Younis on Thursday. Credit...Mohammed Dahman/Associated Press


The World Health Organization said on Friday that it was urgently requesting access to the Nasser Medical Complex amid a raid by Israeli forces that Gazan health officials said had resulted in deaths and injuries among Palestinians and damage to the hospital facilities.

 

Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, called the reports emerging from the hospital “deeply alarming” and said the agency “fears for the safety” of the people still inside.

 

“There are still critically injured and sick patients inside the hospital,” Mr. Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. “We are asking urgently for access.”

 

Before the raid began on Thursday, the W.H.O. had reported that the hospital had 402 patients, including around 80 in intensive care.

 

Mr. Jasarevic could not confirm reports that some patients had died after electric generators at the hospital had cut out and that all power was lost. But he said there was an urgent need for fuel to operate the hospital’s generators and ensure the continuation of lifesaving services.

 

“Additionally, medical assessments are required to identify the most critical patients and facilitate their safe referral,” he said.

 

Reports that Israeli forces had forcibly transferred many patients to other buildings within the complex were “gravely concerning,” Mr. Jasarevic said, pointing out that such movement could lead to deterioration in their condition or even death.

 

The W.H.O. has described Nasser hospital, in the city of Khan Younis, as the “backbone of health care in southern Gaza.” But it was barely functional before the raid, according to the W.H.O., because weeks of intense fighting in the surrounding area hindered the delivery of supplies.


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   8) As Israel pushes Gazans into Rafah, Egypt is building a new wall near the border.

By Nada Rashwan and Christiaan Triebert reporting from Cairo and New York, Feb. 16, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/16/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

Construction of a wall along the Egyptian border with Rafah is seen in this satellite imagery. Credit...Maxar Technologies


A wall is going up in the desert of Egypt near the border of the war-torn Gaza Strip, but no one is talking much about it.

 

Satellite imagery, photographs and video analyzed by The New York Times show a large patch of land being bulldozed and the wall being built in the buffer zone between Egypt and Rafah, the southern Gaza city overflowing with over a million displaced Palestinians that Israeli forces are poised to invade.

 

The satellite imagery clearly shows newly graded land south of the Rafah border crossing. An analysis of the satellite images indicated that the work began around Feb. 5.

 

But the Egyptian government, which has looked on with concern as Gazans displaced by the war between Israel and Hamas mass in Rafah, has declined to discuss the new construction. A spokesman for the government would only refer to statements by the government in recent weeks highlighting its fortification of the border.

 

It was not clear whether the structure might be intended to hold Gazans who crossed the border, but if it were to be used that way, it would be a major reversal of Egypt’s stance.

 

A contractor and an engineer who were interviewed by The Times and provided photos said they had been commissioned by the Egyptian Army to build a five-meter-high concrete wall — about 16 feet — to close off a five-square-kilometer plot of land at the site. They said they had begun work on Feb. 5 and started on the wall two days ago.

 

The contractor and the engineer spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying that they feared reprisals. The Egyptian authorities heavily restrict information coming from the border area.

 

Since October, when a Hamas-led attack on Israel led to immense Israeli military retaliation in Gaza, Egypt has repeatedly rebuffed any suggestion that it take in some of the Gazans who have fled air and ground assaults to areas near the border in Rafah. Egyptian officials fear that an influx of refugees would pose a security risk, and many Palestinians suspect that Israel might not allow people who leave Gaza to come back when the war is over.

 

In recent weeks, uprooted Gazans have crammed into Rafah, on the border of Egypt, struggling to survive in tents and makeshift shelters with scarce access to food and other critically needed supplies, aid workers say. One Gazan official in Rafah, Ahmed al-Soufi, estimated that there were over 100,000 displaced Palestinians in encampments pressed against the border.

 

At a meeting convened by Egypt on Thursday, Martin Griffiths, the United Nation’s top aid chief, said that “the possibility of spillover, a sort of Egyptian nightmare, is one that is right before our eyes.”

 

Like Israel, Egypt has sealed its borders with Gaza, and in recent months it has been adding fortifications to its border area.

 

A day after the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel, the governorate of North Sinai — where the work captured in the satellite images is taking place — said in a statement that the governor had held an emergency meeting with senior local officials to “study the capacities of schools, housing units and empty land that can be used as shelter sites if necessary.”

 

But on Thursday, the deputy governor of North Sinai, Maj. Gen Hisham el-Khouly, said he was not aware of any new construction. And the governor of North Sinai, Maj. Gen Mohamed Shousha, did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

 

Ahmed Ezzat, the head of emergency operations at the Egyptian Red Crescent, which coordinates Gaza-related humanitarian assistance work at the border, said he had not heard of the project.

 

Nick Cumming-Bruce contributed reporting from Geneva, and Adam Rasgon from Jerusalem.


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9) Medical workers describe chaos as Israeli forces raided Nasser.

By Vivian Yee, Feb. 16, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/02/16/world/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news

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Screenshot of hospital in chaos.


Confusion and fear spread through and beyond the Nasser Medical Complex in southern Gaza on Thursday as an Israeli military raid on one of the region’s few functioning hospitals sent panicked workers and sheltering civilians fleeing.

 

A doctor at the hospital, Islam Sawaly, said she fled on foot around 3 a.m. after a rocket struck the orthopedic department.

 

“Only a few doctors remained,” she said after what she described as a walk of more than four hours along a dark and damaged road to the area of Miraj, about halfway between the hospital in Khan Younis and Rafah. That city along the border with Egypt has become the destination of many fleeing Gazans.

 

Video verified by The New York Times showed the aftermath of a strike, with injured people being rushed through a smoke-filled corridor amid debris and the sounds of gunfire. It is unclear what time the video was filmed.

 

The number of casualties from the raid was unclear.

 

Doctors Without Borders said that shelling had left “an undetermined number of people killed and injured.” In voice notes released by the group, a doctor at the hospital said a rocket attack around 2 a.m. had killed a patient in his bed and injured six others.

 

Dr. Sawaly told The Times that a rocket attack had left two people with burns and killed a doctor, although health officials in Gaza said the doctor had been injured.

 

Doctors Without Borders also said that one of its workers was unaccounted for after being detained at a checkpoint and called for the “protection of his dignity.”

 

An Israeli military spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said late Thursday that “dozens” of people had been arrested, and the military released photos of three individuals it said were suspected of terrorism.

 

Conditions at Nasser — where health officials said about 8,000 displaced Palestinians were staying before an evacuation order — deteriorated rapidly in recent days, and then grew still worse overnight when Israeli forces entered the complex.

 

The Doctors Without Borders physician, whose name the group withheld for his protection, said that Israeli troops had ordered the medical staff to move all the patients into the oldest building of the hospital. The doctor said only about 40 health care workers and administrative staff members were left. Some 300 medical workers were there before the evacuation order, Gazan health officials have said.

 

Tanya Haj-Hassan, a pediatric intensive care doctor for the group,  described the situation there as “catastrophic and utterly unbearable.” The hasty evacuations set off in recent days by Israeli warnings, she said, meant that those left behind at Nasser were the sickest patients, who could not be moved, and an unknown number of evacuees who turned back after coming under fire while trying to get out.

 

Rik Peeperkorn, the World Health Organization’s representative for the West Bank and Gaza, said Nasser had been treating about 400 patients on Wednesday, including about 80 in intensive care, with 35 on dialysis.

 

Rawan Sheikh Ahmad and Ameera Harouda contributed reporting.


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