Khan Younis: A Gaza city on its knees, now with a million mouths to feed
The city of Khan Younis in Gaza is facing a dire humanitarian crisis as it struggles to shelter and feed the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled there from northern Gaza. The population of the city has more than doubled from 400,000 to over a million overnight as people escape the violence and bombings in the north. Scarce resources such as food, water, and medical supplies are running out fast, and the main hospital in Khan Younis is now serving as a refuge for the injured and sick. Schools and homes are also filled beyond capacity, with people having to share cramped living conditions. The situation is catastrophic, with the city continuing to be bombed and invaded by the Israeli military, and the possibility of starvation and thirst looming. At present, the only way out of Gaza is through the Rafah crossing into Egypt, but it remains closed, leaving one million refugees stuck and waiting for a chance to leave. However, once the crossing does open, chaos and a new humanitarian disaster are likely to ensue.
Polish election: Right-wing ruling party to lose majority - exit poll
Poland's right-wing populist Law and Justice party (PiS) looks set to win the most seats in the country's general election, but is unlikely to secure a third term in office, according to an exit poll. The poll suggests that PiS will win 36.6% of the vote, with the centrist opposition predicted to take 31%. If accurate, this means Donald Tusk’s Civic Coalition has a better chance of forming a coalition and ending PiS’s eight-year rule led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski. The Ipsos poll indicates a 72.9% turnout, the highest since the fall of communism in 1989. "Poland won, democracy has won," Tusk told a large crowd of jubilant supporters. PiS is expected to fall short of the 231 seats needed for a majority and is unlikely to have backing from the far-right Confederation party, which has underperformed.
Huge numbers of A&E waits in Wales not counted for a decade
The true extent of A&E waiting times in Wales has been seriously under-reported for the past decade, according to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). Thousands of hours are missing from monthly figures because of "breach exemptions," which means patients who wait longer for treatment for various reasons are not included. The Welsh government initially disputed the RCEM's claim, but after seeing detailed figures obtained through freedom of information requests to health boards, it changed its position. Once the missing data is taken into account, it suggests that A&E waiting times in Wales are worse than in England. The RCEM is calling on the Welsh government to publish all of the figures.