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Hi, this is Michelle. All eyes are on Gaza as fears mount of an imminent ground assault by Israel that may unleash catastrophic consequences.

Humanitarians have been desperately calling for civilians to be spared – including their own staff trapped in the enclave – and for humanitarian aid to be allowed in as water, electricity and other supplies run dry. But after diplomatic efforts largely failed to deliver yesterday, the UN aid chief has decided to take matters into his own hands.

In other international Geneva fronts, the World Health Organization is looking to make more informed decisions about drug pricing and with Cop28 right around the corner, a negotiator from the south voices her frustrations.

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Michelle Langrand


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Palestinians with dual nationalities wait to cross the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, southern Gaza Strip, 16 October 2023. Israel has warned all citizens of the Gaza strip to move to the south ahead of an expected invasion. US and Egypt's attempt to convince Israel to stop bombing near the crossing to open it failed on Monday. (Keystone/EPA/Haitham Imad)

⛔UN aid chief heads for Middle East to help Gaza aid talks. Martin Griffiths said his office was in "deep discussions" with actors, including Israel and Egypt. Efforts to secure a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza through the Egyptian Rafah crossing were largely unsuccessful yesterday.

Reuters (EN)

🪖'Gazans are not military objectives,' says ICRC regional director. Over one million people have fled south of the strip following Israel's order to out of the way ahead of its imminent ground assault. Fabrizio Carboni urged for the protection of those who still remain.


❓What's next for aid organisations in Gaza? Following a UN appeal for $294 million to fund humanitarian aid in the region, funds have started to roll in. But organisations face major challenges, including access and safety.

Devex (EN)

💊WHO establishes group to advise on medicine pricing policy. One of the key tasks of the 17-member group will be to advise the UN health agency on the role of price and cost in the selection of essential medicines.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

💰It’s up to rich countries to fix loss and damage finance problems, says former lead negotiator. Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s former climate minister, criticises the “burden” on vulnerable countries to find the cash for the new loss and damage fund.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

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