11 December 2023
- Israeli tanks advanced into Khan Younis, a key city in southern Gaza, with intense combat that resulted in casualties and destruction. Health authorities in Gaza claim around 18,000 Palestinians have been killed, and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns of the collapsing enclave with the potential for a humanitarian disaster. Reports indicate conflicting information about the surrender of Hamas fighters, and the situation is dire, with extensive displacement, abuse allegations, and an overwhelmed healthcare system. The international community, including the U.S., faces criticism for failing to enforce a UN Security Council resolution for a ceasefire. The conflict raises fears of radicalization and accusations of genocide.
- The United States, South Korea, and Japan have jointly developed new strategies to counter North Korea’s cyber threats, which include cryptocurrency misuse and space activities. National security advisers from the three countries met in Seoul to address concerns about North Korea deploying more spy satellites. The initiatives, which emerge from commitments made at a trilateral summit in Camp David in August, are aimed at combating cybercrime, cryptocurrency money laundering, and North Korea’s space and ballistic missile tests. The coordinated efforts also focus on potential economic coercion threats and include a supply-chain early warning system for critical minerals and rechargeable batteries. North Korea’s determination to launch more spy satellites has been countered by arguments that its activities involve ballistic missile technologies violating UN resolutions. The nations emphasised their commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and freedom of navigation in the East and South China Seas. The meeting also addressed concerns about North Korea supplying weapons to Russia in the Ukraine war.
- Ukraine has strongly condemned Russia’s plan to hold presidential elections in occupied territories next spring, calling them “null and void.” Russia’s upper house has scheduled elections for March, claiming residents in four occupied Ukrainian regions would be able to vote. Ukraine rejects Russia’s annexation claims for Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson, urging the international community to condemn the move and impose sanctions on those involved. Ukraine warns against sending observers to the “pseudo-elections,” and threatens to hold the perpetrators criminally responsible.. Ukraine emphasises that every election in Russia is not about democracy but a tool to maintain the regime’s power.