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Israel allows aid into Gaza as WHO tries to raise money for more

Israel allows aid into Gaza as WHO tries to raise money for more
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The World Health Organisation launched an urgent appeal for aid for Gaza on Sunday, as the conflict with Israel continues.

The UN’s public health arm is trying to raise 7.8 million euros for medical supplies.

At the same time, Israel has allowed aid to enter Gaza, opening the Kerem Shalom border crossing for the first time since the latest outbreak of attacks.

The US is balancing support for Israel with finding a diplomatic solution.

Speaking from Bangkok, US President Barack Obama said: “There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. We are actively working with all the parties in the region.”

As well as saying he is prepared for “a significant expansion” of the Pillar of Defence operation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had been speaking to world leaders about the crisis. Netanyahu also added that the Israel is doing all it can to avoid harming civilians.

Under pressure from some ministers for action rather than words, Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby and foreign minister from Arab countries will visit Gaza on Tuesday to show solidarity with the Palestinians.