Africa-Press – Mauritius. Hostage tally: The return of 10 Israeli and two Thai hostages from Gaza on Tuesday leaves 161 hostages in the enclave, based on Israel’s latest tally.
Israel released another 30 Palestinian prisoners. An additional 10 Israeli hostages are set to be released Wednesday. U. S. role: The U. S. is pressing Israel to change tactics and fight a more targeted war in Gaza to better protect civilians.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to make his third trip to the region since Hamas’s attack. A group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered outside President Biden’s hotel in Denver, where he earlier attended a fundraiser.
Cease-fire talks: Efforts were under way to further extend the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Economic toll: The war with Hamas will cost Israel about $53 billion between 2023 and 2025, according to forecasts from Israel’s central bank.
Just over half of that amount is for increased defense spending. Humanitarian aid: The U. S. delivered 54,000 pounds of medical supplies and food to Egypt for civilians in Gaza on Tuesday, the first of three shipments planned over the coming days. A United Nations agency said aid reached its shelters in northern Gaza this week for the first time since the war began.