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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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Former PM Tony Blair welcomes Gaza ceasefire

Former prime minister Tony Blair has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire in Gaza.

The Middle East peace envoy congratulated the Egyptian government on its successful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian factions.

The Quartet will now concentrate on a long-term plan for Gaza and for its reconstruction, including the effective and efficient reopening and reconnection to the outside world under the authority of the Palestinian authority government.

Such a plan will enable a proper and decent life for the people of Gaza, as well as protect the security of the people of Israel.

It is only tragic that such a ceasefire has come too late to save the lives of so many innocent people.

– tony blair, middle east peace envoy

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