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The Israeli military has informed the UN that the entire population of northern Gaza should relocate to the southern half of the territory within 24 hours, a spokesman said, adding that such a move – involving more than a million people – would lead to “devastating humanitarian consequences.” “

It came as Israel’s army said its troops were preparing “for the next stage of the war”. The country has called up 360,000 reservists, and Israel has warned that, following the massacre of its citizens by Hamas on Saturday, the rules have changed. “All Hamas members are marked for death,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In Gaza, the humanitarian crisis deepened after six days of Israeli bombing of the crowded and blockaded territory in retaliation for the brutal incursion by Hamas, the Palestinian militant organization that controls the enclave. UN officials have warned that people in the territory are experiencing “horrible” suffering as they face a “huge disaster.”

Toll: More than 1,200 Israelis and 1,500 Palestinians have been killed, officials said, and more than 300,000 Palestinians have been forced from their homes.

Humanitarian corridor: Egypt said it would facilitate the movement of urgently needed aid to Gaza, but officials in Cairo were adamantly opposed to allowing Gazans into the country, their only viable exit.

What else to know:

  • More details were emerging about the atrocity of Hamas’ attack on dozens of cities and a military base: civilians, including children, shot dead in homes, cars, streets and hideouts.

  • A U.S. Treasury Department official said Hamas-supporting Iran would be prevented from accessing $6 billion that the Biden administration had sent to Qatar to be released for humanitarian purposes.

  • While Israelis have largely shown solidarity since the Hamas massacre, Netanyahu’s government has begun to face a backlash from people angry over its security failure.

A large assembly of more than 400 bishops and lay Catholics, called by Pope Francis, is being held in Rome to discuss the future of the Church. Agenda items include the ordination of women deacons, clergy celibacy and the blessing of same-sex couples.

Outside of the conference, all ideological stripes of Catholic activists and special interest groups have also descended on the Italian capital, hoping to share the spotlight. These include advocates for women’s ordination, conservative and progressive cultural warriors, and abortion rights advocates. (At least one had been formally excommunicated).

Nearly two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the two countries are seeking to strengthen their diplomatic alliances and influence public opinion to bolster their respective military causes.

Since Hamas’ attacks on Israel last weekend, Ukraine has sought to position itself as a friend of Israel, while claiming that Moscow would try to use the conflict to drive a wedge between Ukraine and its allies. Russia, in turn, said Israel’s war in Gaza showed the failure of the West and, in particular, US policy in the region.

Judy Chicago’s monumental 1979 installation, “The Dinner Party,” is among the most famous works of feminist art. However, she had never conducted her own survey in New York…until now. “Seeing it in the context that I have carried in my heart and in my mind, and that has sustained me, is overwhelming, completely overwhelming,” she said.

“Herstory,” which spans four floors of the New Museum, covers six decades of Chicago’s work, along with pieces by artists and thinkers such as Hilma af Klint, Zora Neale Hurston, Virginia Woolf and Frida Kahlo.

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