Wednesday Briefing: Updates on Gaza’s Main Hospital | ET REALITY


Al-Shifa, Gaza’s main hospital complex, has been without electricity for days. Hospital officials warn that the lives of about three dozen premature babies are threatened now that the incubators needed to keep them alive have lost power.

As fighting approached Al-Shifa last week, many of the more than 60,000 people sheltered in the hospital complex fled, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. But the babies’ fragile health makes their transfer difficult, complicating Israel’s stated goal of emptying the complex of civilians before its troops attempt to enter. Israeli and American officials say the hospital houses an underground Hamas command center, a claim Hamas and hospital officials reject.

The Israeli military said late Monday it was working to deliver mobile incubators and ventilators to help evacuate babies. The Times was unable to reach the hospital director or the Gaza Health Ministry to ask about Israel’s offer, the details of which remained unclear.

Here’s the latest.

Persuade a watching world: Israel released videos from inside Gaza’s main children’s hospital that it said showed weapons and explosives found in the medical center and in a basement where the military said hostages were being held. The claims could not be independently verified, and Gaza’s Health Ministry said the basements shown were used as shelters “for those fleeing airstrikes.”

Countries are only taking “baby steps” to control greenhouse gas emissions, a senior UN official said, summarizing a new report on pledges made by the world’s governments so far.

If every country did what it had promised to curb global warming (a big if), emissions would grow 9 percent between now and 2030, compared to 2010 levels, according to the report. The figure was slightly better than last year, but findings like that are likely to be central to the debate in Dubai. this month at the UN’s annual global climate negotiations.

Related: A separate study by researchers in Saudi Arabia found that the country could face an “existential crisis” (threatening food and water supplies, along with the health of religious pilgrims during the Hajj) if warming occurred at the level projected if each country meets its climate objectives.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has pardoned Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, convicted of organizing the murder of a journalist, in exchange for his services in Ukraine, his lawyer said yesterday. It was the latest in a series of such pardons for high-profile criminals in Russia.

Journalist Anna Politkovskaya had become one of the most acclaimed in Russia for her reporting on human rights abuses during the country’s wars in Chechnya in the 1990s. She was shot dead in 2006 in the elevator of her apartment building. apartments in Moscow, causing shockwaves in Russia and abroad and highlighting the growing dangers of reporting in the country.

Lost: a tool bag. Where: About 250 miles above Earth.

Two astronauts left the bag behind this month after completing their first spacewalk to perform maintenance on the International Space Station.

You won’t be alone. The European Space Agency said in September that there were more than 35,000 pieces of debris, including tools such as grease guns and bolts, floating above our heads. They are tracked so as not to damage the satellites.

Thirty years ago, Neil Sunderland began collecting maps, amassing more than 130 dating back to the 15th century. Now that this multimillion-dollar treasure has been digitized as Oculi Mundi (the eyes of the world), an online archive overseen by his daughter Helen Sunderland-Cohen.

“There is an incredibly wide range of people around the world who are interested in maps because they are extraordinary objects,” Sunderland-Cohen said. “Some people just like to admire them. And they trigger all kinds of imaginative stories, like ‘Treasure Island’ or the map at the beginning of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’”

Maps are artifacts of people’s efforts to determine where they were and where they were going in the era before the advent of GPS and phones that could tell us exactly where we are. Each map usually has its own story. Perhaps it was made by a now-famous artist like Albrecht Dürer, represents the first known map of a given area, or was created using new technology for the time.

That’s all for today’s briefing. See you tomorrow. — Justin

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