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November 16: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
16th Nov 2023
November 16: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.

More Irish citizens on list to leave Gaza today
The names of more Irish citizens in Gaza have been added to a list of those to be allowed passage out of the territory today. The precise number has yet to be clarified. It is believed that more than a dozen citizens remain in the Palestinian enclave. Yesterday, 23 Irish citizens, including families with children, crossed into Egypt. Tánaiste Micheál Martin is holding a series of engagements in Israel and the West Bank following his visit to Egypt yesterday.
RTÉ

Israeli forces remain in Al-Shifa hospital as UN calls for ‘urgent humanitarian pauses’
Israeli troops remain in Gaza’s largest hospital today, targeting what it said was a Hamas command centre nestled among patients, medics and the displaced. “Tonight we conducted a targeted operation into Shifa hospital,” said Major General Yaron Finkelman, the head of Israeli military operations in Gaza. “We continue to move forward.” Gaza’s health ministry said today that Israeli bulldozers had “destroyed parts of the southern entrance” of the hospital. Both Israel and its top ally the United States believe Hamas has a command centre below the Al-Shifa complex, which has become a focal point in the conflict. The Palestinian militant group and directors at the hospital have denied the charge.
The Journal

‘I would never blackball anyone. I like Ryan’ – Kevin Bakhurst on Tubridy and RTÉ stars’ pay cap details
The director general’s corner office on the top floor of the mid-century modernist RTÉ administration building overlooks the comings and goings at the newish entrance on to the Donnybrook campus. There have been a lot of departures out the gate over the past five months and more to follow after the announcement of 400 redundancies in the strategic plan, “A new direction for RTÉ”.
Independent.ie

Two arrested after car fails to stop at Cork checkpoint
Gardaí have arrested two males after a car failed to stop at a checkpoint on the northside of the city. It is understood the incident is not related to a feud which has been ongoing in the city in recent days.
The Irish Examiner

Top general locked away evidence of SAS executions
One of the UK’s most senior generals was warned in writing in 2011 that SAS soldiers were claiming to have executed handcuffed detainees in Afghanistan. BBC Panorama can reveal that Gen Gwyn Jenkins, who is now the second most senior officer in the British armed forces, received accounts of conversations in which members of the SAS described extrajudicial killings. But instead of referring the evidence to military police, Gen Jenkins placed it in a classified dossier and locked it in a safe.
BBC News

Joe Biden issues strident defence of refusal to call for ceasefire in Gaza
Joe Biden has presented an unapologetic defence of his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, arguing that Hamas presented a continuing threat to Israel and that Israeli forces were seeking to avoid civilian casualties. After a summit meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Apec summit in San Francisco, Biden told reporters on Wednesday night that Hamas had pledged to continue its attacks on Israel. Biden also argued that Israeli forces had switched from aerial bombardment, which he seemed to acknowledge had been “indiscriminate” in parts, to more targeted ground operations, after more than 11,000 Gazans are reported to have died.
The Guardian

Today’s forecast
Mist patches and a few bright spells in the far north at first. Otherwise, this morning will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the west spreading across the country, reaching the northeast in the early afternoon. The rain will be followed by sunny spells and showers in the afternoon and early evening. Cool with highest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds veering west, fresher at times on Atlantic coasts. Tonight will bring clear spells and some further scattered showers with possible hail or thunder. It will turn chilly with lowest temperatures of zero to 5 degrees, with frost developing in places, in mostly light southwest or variable winds. Some mist and fog will form too, especially in northern areas.
Met Éireann