Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Wednesday, November 15, 2023.
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1. Israel receives worldwide condemnation as forces raid Gaza's largest hospital
Israel has begun conducting a raid of Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa, based on unsubstantiated claims that Hamas is using it as base. World leaders and humanitarian organizations alike have condemned the assault on the hospital, which staff vehemently deny is a Hamas command center.
Over 600 patients and 2,000 refugees are currently sheltering at Al-Shifa and have been denied the ability to leave since Israeli troops surrounded the facilities over the weekend. Every hospital in Gaza City has been forced to stop taking patients due to Israel's blockade on food, water, fuel, electricity, and telecommunications.
"I'm appalled by reports of military raids in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza," UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, wrote on X. "The protection of newborns, patients, medical staff and all civilians must override all other concerns. Hospitals are not battlegrounds."
2. Young voters turn against Biden for his support of Israel
Leaders of progressive groups focused on mobilizing young voters are also warning Biden that his handling of the war in Gaza could lower the turnout in a demographic that’s already notoriously difficult to get out on Election Day.
In a letter addressed to Biden, several youth organizations issued a stark warning that his administration’s stance is risking millions of young voters not voting or voting third party on election day.
According to a recent poll from Data for Progress, 66 percent of Americans support a ceasefire across party lines in order to prevent civilian deaths in Gaza. Despite this, the White House has not yet used the term, instead calling for "humanitarian pauses."
3. Biden to meet with China's President Xi Jinping in California
U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to hold a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping on Wednesday in San Francisco in an attempt to improve relations between the two nations. Expectations for major breakthroughs are low, according to political analysts, but the meeting still represents a positive-yet-tepid step forward for international affairs.
Both leaders reportedly wish to discuss concerns around their countries' respective economies, as well as conflicts in the Middle East and Europe.
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