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Food aid convoy for 150,000 people enters Gaza

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

The aid reached the Rafah crossing from Egypt after a seven-hour drive from Alexandria, the organisation said.

An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has so far held, with both sides claiming victory after the seven-week conflict.

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Abbas: We must stop the flow of blood in Gaza

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and other officials in Cairo.

Palestine's authority president Mahmoud Abbas Credit: Lemouton Stephane/ABACA/Press Association Images

Abbas and el-Sissi discussed ways to resume the temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas which collapsed earlier this week, bringing the Egyptian-brokered talks to a halt.

Speaking at a news conference after the meeting, Abbas said:

What matters to us now is to stop the flow of blood, and to stop these acts that cause more sacrifices. And as soon as it stops, we must support the humanitarian effort and reconstruction of Gaza.

Afterwards, the different factions can sit together, after the cease-fire is in place, in order to talk about all the demands that are on the table.

– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

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