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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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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