Trucks carrying aid, and one loaded with coffins, have entered Gaza for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war erupted. The BBC counted 20 vehicles with white flags moving through the Rafah crossing into Gaza from Egypt – the UN called it a “drop in the ocean” of what’s needed. Yesterday, Hamas released its first hostages since its major surprise attack on Israel two weeks ago. Mother and daughter Judith and Natalie Raanan were among about 200 people abducted; Natalie’s half-brother has told the BBC of his “overwhelming” joy at their release. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is trying to free more hostages, though his forces will also “fight till victory”. Israel continues to bombard Gaza. It’s two weeks since Hamas launched its assault on Israel, killing more than 1,400 people. Palestinian officials say more than 4,000 people have died in Gaza since then. And the leaders of Arab and European countries are meeting in Egypt to discuss the crisis, but expectations are low because key players like Iran – and Israel itself – aren’t attending.
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