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Palestinian children 'celebrate victory over Israel'

Palestinian children holding heavy weapons filled the streets of Gaza to "celebrate victory over Israel" on the third day of the latest ceasefire.

A truce, which took effect on Tuesday evening, ended seven weeks of fighting that has killed more than following more than 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.

Palestinian boys, sitting on the shoulders of Islamic Jihad militants, hold weapons during a rally celebrating 'victory'. Credit: Reuters
A Palestinian girl wearing a headband pictured during a rally in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

UN: 'Humanitarian assistance will continue in Gaza'

The UN has tweeted that they will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza following the end of the recent conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas.

Three months of Gaza food aid 'costs £42 million'

Around £42 million is required for the World Food Programme to continue food assistance to Palestinians for the next three months, the organisation said.

They said: "To continue its food assistance programmes in Palestine, WFP requires approximately US$70 million (£42 million) for its humanitarian response in Gaza for a period of three months."

Since the beginning of the latest conflict, they added that they had provided daily emergency food rations to up to 350,000 displaced people in Gaza, while reaching more than 120,000 people with emergency vouchers.

As a convoy carrying food for 150,000 people entered Gaza for the first time since 2007 today.

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Food convoy for 150,000 people reaches Gaza

A convoy carrying food for 150,000 people has entered Gaza for the first time since 2007, the World Food Programme has announced.

The aid reached the Rafah crossing from Egypt after a seven-hour drive from Alexandria, the organisation said. The convoy of 8 trucks was carrying 15,600 food parcels.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde said.

British Muslim and Jewish leaders unite over Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza celebrate after the ceasefire was announced. Credit: Khatib Abed Rahim/ABACA

Muslim and Jewish leaders in the UK have issued an unprecedented joint statement, calling on both faiths to "export peace" to Gaza.

The Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews made the joint call an open-ended truce was agreed in the Middle East.

Both Israel and Hamas have claimed victory following the recent conflict, which is thought to have claimed the lives of 2,143 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.

The MCB and the BoD said they condemned the civilian casualties and hoped for "lasting peace", while also stating Muslims and Jews should "get to know one another".

The death of every civilian is a tragedy, and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and for a lasting peace for all.

– Muslim Council of Britain and Board of Deputies of British Jews
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