27 November 2023
- A UN official participating in a humanitarian aid convoy to northern Gaza reported that aid groups were making progress in delivering the largest shipment in over a month. Describing the dire conditions, the official noted that thin, gaunt residents eagerly drank water upon its arrival. Before a four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, concerns were raised about disease and dehydration in the blockaded northern Gaza. Aid supplies included high-energy biscuits, vitamin tablets for children, and medical kits to ease the suffering of a population cut off from aid for weeks. Despite the aid flow, fears remain, with Gazans heading south, fearing renewed Israeli bombardments if the ceasefire is not extended.
- China, Japan, and South Korea have agreed to resume cooperation and work towards a summit in a bid to ease tensions. While China seeks to improve ties with the United States, it is also concerned about the strengthening three-way partnership between the U.S. and its regional allies. The foreign ministers of China, Japan, and South Korea met in Busan, South Korea, for their first meeting since 2019, aiming to advance cooperation in areas such as security, economy, and technology. Starting in 2008, the countries agreed to hold annual summits, but disputes and the pandemic disrupted the plan. The ministers did not specify a timeframe for the upcoming summit.
- Ukraine experienced what officials claim to be Russia’s largest drone attack of the war, with a six-hour airstrike hitting different districts of Kyiv. The attack occurred on the day Ukraine commemorated the Holodomor famine, leaving five people injured. The Ukrainian Air Force initially reported 71 drones shot down, later revising the number to 74, with mobile fire units accounting for nearly 40% of the drones shot down. Ukraine’s president condemned the attack as deliberate and accused Russia of intensifying its efforts to destroy the country. The target of the attack wasn’t immediately clear, but Ukraine has warned that Russia is targeting its energy system.