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Gaza hospitals on emergency-only status

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As fuel supplies teeter on the brink of depletion UN facilities are grappling with a surge of 600,000 displaced Palestinians, straining their capacity.

The health ministry, under the control of Hamas in Gaza, has reported over 700 casualties due to Israeli airstrikes, which have persisted for two consecutive days. Israel maintains that the targets of these airstrikes are primarily Hamas fighters and their infrastructure. This military response was triggered by a large-scale cross-border assault on 7th October, leading to over 1,400 casualties and 222 hostages. Israel, along with the UK, the US, and other nations, designates Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Fuel deliveries to Gaza have been obstructed by Israel, citing fears that the fuel could be diverted by Hamas for military purposes. Israel accuses Hamas of hoarding diesel, refusing to distribute it.

Gaza’s hospitals, facing a dire situation, have taken the painful decision to close down all departments except emergency rooms to conserve fuel for life-saving equipment like ventilators, incubators, and dialysis machines.

As the situation worsens, healthcare facilities are at risk of collapsing. The World Health Organisation’s representative, Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, warns that UN-supported hospitals are operating generators at minimal levels for critical operations.

Gaza’s electricity has been sporadic since Israel halted its supply in response to the Hamas attacks. With the sole power station running out of fuel on 11th October, backup generators are the only source of electricity.

Aid groups and medical professionals in Gaza are sounding the alarm, emphasising that more lives are at risk if essential equipment fails due to the absence of electricity. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), overseeing the largest humanitarian operation in Gaza, has declared it will cease operations if additional fuel supplies aren’t secured by Wednesday night.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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