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Caught up in the war in Gaza, civilians anxiously await aid

Despite some aid trickling into Gaza through Egypt's Rafah crossing, needs are soaring as tensions flare that could cause the Israel-Hamas war to spread to other countries.

Bombed out buildings in Gaza (AN/Mohammed Ibrahim/Unsplash)

As fears grew that the Gaza war could spread in the Middle East, Israel and Hamas traded blame for the explosion that killed hundreds in a Palestinian hospital and international aid organizations struggled against dwindling supplies and aerial bombardments to help civilians trapped by the fighting.

A humanitarian aid convoy of 20 trucks carrying life-saving supplies finally arrived in Gaza on Saturday, the first such delivery to the besieged territory since Hamas' surprise morning rocket against Israel on Oct. 7. Food, water and medicine – but no fuel – provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent and United Nations was handed over to the Palestinian Red Crescent with the support of U.N. personnel.

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