Southern Gaza hospitals have only three days of fuel left, WHO says

Hospitals in the southern Gaza Strip have only three days of fuel left due to the closure of border crossings, the head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning that health services "may soon come to a halt". Earlier, Israel said it had reopened the Kerem Shalom border crossing to humanitarian aid for the war-ravaged territory, four days after closing it in response to a rocket attack claimed by Hamas that killed four soldiers. Read our liveblog to see how the day's events unfolded.

Egyptian state-linked media said Tuesday, citing a "senior official", that "all parties had agreed to return to the negotiating table" for talks towards a truce in the Israel-Hamas war.

The Israeli army said early Tuesday that its forces had taken control of the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing after launching air strikes that killed at least 27 people, according to hospitals. UN officials said the seizure had rendered the second of Gaza's two main aid delivery routes unusable. "The two main arteries for getting aid into Gaza are currently choked off," a UN spokesperson said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters, AP)

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