A group of UN agencies have called for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza as conditions worsen in the territory.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were among five agencies who described the situation in Gaza as “catastrophic” in a joint statement.

The UN’s plea for a de-escalation of the conflict comes as Israel warns of intensified strikes on Gaza.

On Saturday, 20 aid trucks crossed from Egypt for the first time in two weeks.

But campaigners said the aid that flowed through the Rafah crossing represented a “drop in the ocean” of what was needed.

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