Palestinian prisoners plight
Israel’s apex court has dismissed an appeal for the immediate release of a hunger striking Palestinian prisoner who is at imminent risk of death. This is the fourth time the Israeli Supreme Court has rejected a petition filed for the release of Kayed Fasfous. A Palestinian commission for prisoners says the rejection shows the Israeli officials’ indifference and deliberate criminal disregard for the life of the inmate. 34-year-old Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 125 days in protest over his indefinite detention without charge or trial. Four other Palestinians are also refusing food for months over their so-called administrative detention. Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has expressed support for the detainees. It has called for urgent international action to save their lives.
Yemen food crisis
The World Health Organization has voiced concern over the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, warning that 75 percent of children in the country suffer from acute malnutrition. The WHO also said that over 16 million Yemenis are facing food insecurity. That is more than half of the country’s total population. Previously, the UN Security Council warned about the increasing risk of severe famine in Yemen, exacerbated by the poor economic situation. Yemen has been mired in crisis since a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating war on the country in 2015. Around 80 percent of the country’s population is now in need of humanitarian assistance.
'Playing with fire'
Taiwan is in focus, as US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping conclude their first face-to-face virtual summit. In a virtual conversation lasting more than three hours, the two leaders traded warnings on the future of Taiwan. Biden made a promise of remaining committed to the one-China policy, that confirms Beijing’s sovereignty over Taipei, but also opposed any unilateral move against peace and stability on the island. China’s Xi also had some tough words for Biden, likening Washington’s support for Taiwan’s independence to playing with fire. But in general, the two leaders called for furthering bilateral cooperation and communication.