November 17, 2023

Armed conflicts and attacks

Israel–Hamas war

Ten fuel trucks enter Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah Border Crossing, carrying 150,000 litres of diesel fuel. (Al-Ahram)

2023 Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip

Israel calls on civilians to evacuate Khan Yunis in the south of Gaza and head to field hospitals, saying that Israeli troops will be carrying out a military operation in the area. (Reuters)

Myanmar civil war

Operation 1027

The military recaptures the town of Pauktaw, Rakhine State, from the Arakan Army following heavy bombardment of the town. (Myanmar Now)

A Myanmar Air Force warplane bombs a school in Chin State, killing at least eight children. (BBC News)

Operation 1107

Karenni rebels overrun military forces sheltering inside the district courthouse in Loikaw, Kayah State, subsequently setting the building on fire as fighting continues in the city. (The Irrawaddy)

Business and economy

The Al Dhafra solar farm, the largest solar farm in the world, comes online in the United Arab Emirates. The solar farm is expected to power around 200,000 homes. (Electrek)

Sam Altman steps down as CEO of American artificial intelligence developer OpenAI following a vote from the company's board of directors demanding his resignation. In response, fellow co-founder Greg Brockman quits his role as president of OpenAI. Mira Murati takes over as interim CEO. (CNBC)

2022–2023 food crises

Russia begins its shipments of free grain to Africa as part of President Vladimir Putin's pledge to send 200,000 tonnes of grain to six African nations. (AFP via The Moscow Times)

2023 United Auto Workers strike

The United Auto Workers and General Motors ratify a contract to end the strike at General Motors plants across the United States. (ABC)