Blinken, Netanyahu meet to discuss Gaza ceasefire

In tandem with Blinken's mission, Israeli authorities said they were allowing fuel, medicine, and food earmarked for Gaza's private sector to enter the territory for the first time since 11 days of cross-border hostilities started on May 10.

Blinken was also due to visit Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Cairo, and Amman, with the United States harboring "every hope and expectation" the ceasefire would continue to hold, a senior State Department official said.

But the official suggested it was too early for wider peace talks between Israel, in political flux after four inconclusive elections in two years, and the Palestinians, divided by enmity between Hamas and Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas.

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