Gaza borders remain shut and Senate’s first-ever mental health caucus : Morning Rundown

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former President Donald Trump and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

In today’s newsletter: Biden warns Israel against re-occupying Gaza. Companies are trying to get insurance to cover their weight loss drugs. And Rite Aid files for bankruptcy. Here’s what to know today. Gaza border remains closed to evacuees A hopeful crowd gathered at the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing this morning as it remained uncertain … Read more

Games, YouTube and hugs: How Gaza mothers calm terrified children amid war

A Palestinian boy watches news on his phone at his house in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza

Gaza City – As another Israeli air raid thundered, eight-year-old Pretty Abu-Ghazzah stood shell-shocked, while her five-year-old twin brothers rushed to their mother Esraa’s arms. Pretty’s youngest sibling, aged two, cried loudly. To escape the heavy bombardment in their neighbourhood of Deir el-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, Esraa brought her children to her in-laws’ … Read more

Doctors say Gaza hospital situation dire

PHOTO: A boy is treated for injuries at a hospital in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct.12, 2023, as battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day.

Hospitals in Gaza are in a dire situation as the Israel-Hamas conflict continues, putting the lives of civilians and health care workers at risk. Doctors say health care facilities are overcrowded, with workers dealing with a lack of supplies to treat patients. One aid group further said the patients at one of its clinics are … Read more

How the Israel war, blockade affect mental health of Palestinian children

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The children of the Gaza Strip know very well what suffering is. From birth, they have lived under a partial Israeli blockade, poverty and violence. And now, with the escalation of the Israeli offensive and a total blockade following the rocket and ground attacks by Hamas fighters, their suffering will likely only get worse. Dr … Read more