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Aid Deal in Gaza

Shipments of medicine for both Palestinians and Israelis held hostage by Hamas began arriving in the Gaza Strip yesterday—aid delivered as part of a deal brokered by Qatar and France. The agreement marked the most significant diplomatic breakthrough since a November hostage exchange. 

Reports suggest supplies will provide three months worth of medicine for around 45 hostages with chronic illnesses. In exchange, 1,000 boxes of medical aid would be provided for injured and sick Gazans for each box delivered to hostages. Red Cross workers are said to be responsible for end-point delivery (how this would be confirmed was not specified).

Separately, US officials said yesterday the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group operating in Yemen would be redesignated as a foreign terrorist group starting next month. The decision comes after months of attacks by the group—purportedly in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza—on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The attacks have had a noticeable effect—insurance rates for cargo hauls have skyrocketed while global trade has dipped by more than 1%. Explore a map of maritime traffic in the region here

On the ground, Israel carried out a string of airstrikes in the southern city of Khan Younis, suggesting a more targeted phase of the war may begin soon. 

See updates on the broader conflict here.

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