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PHOTOS: Gazans use 'ceasefire' to pick up the pieces

Photos and text: Anne Paq, Basel Yazouri / Activestills.org

Tens of thousands of Palestinians returned to their homes across the Gaza Strip on July 26, after a 40-hour humanitarian ceasefire was agreed to between Israel and Hamas. Over 200,000 Gazans have been displaced since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, due to Israeli airstrikes across the Strip. The ceasefire came to an end on Sunday morning after rockets exploded in Israeli territory overnight, and Israel’s refusal to agree to an extension offered by Hamas.

The airstrikes destroyed homes, UN schools and hospitals last week, leaving a trail of devastation and bodies buried underneath the rubble. In places such as Shujaiyeh, and Abasan, Gazans spent the day digging for bodies and belongings in the rubble of their former homes.

However some locations, such as Beit Hanoun and Khuza’a, were out of reach for Palestinians. The dozens of residents of Khuza’a who fled the village, were fired at when they tried to return. Some residents are still trapped under the remains of houses, cut off from the outside world.

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 27, 2014.  The direct attack, which took place on 21 July, killed at least 5 Palestinians and injured 70. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 26, 2014.
The direct attack, which took place on July 21, killed at least five Palestinians and injured 70.
Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

 

Palestinians inspect damages of a destroyed ambulance in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Palestinians inspect damages to a destroyed ambulance in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood in east Gaza City during a ceasefire, July 26, 2014. During the July 26 ceasefire, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages, while medics attempted to rescue the wounded or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many below the rubble, as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment for digging. Israeli attacks have turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee.

 

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 27, 2014.  The direct attack, which took place on 21 July, killed at least 5 Palestinians and injured 70. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Damage is seen inside the Al Aqsa hospital following an Israeli attack, Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza., July 26, 2014.

 

Palestinians passed by destroyed buildings in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Palestinians pass by destroyed buildings in Shujaiyeh during a ceasefire, July 26, 2014.

 

Damages can been seen inside the burned home of Fares Abu Teir following Israeli attacks on Abasan village, East of Khan Yunis, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

The burned home of Fares Abu Teir, following an Israeli attack on Abasan village, east of Khan Yunis, July 26, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan to inspect the damage together with medics who attempted to rescue wounded or collect bodies.

 

Funeral in Bani Suhaila for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014.  The Al-Najjar family flew their homes in Khuza'a to take refuge fi-urther west.  Israeli attacks have killed 550 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. Khuza'a has been under heavy attacks and many fled their village as the Israeli army physically occupies the village. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A funeral in Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Younis, for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, July 21, 2014. The Al-Najjar family fled their homes in Khuza’a to take refuge further west. Khuza’a has been under heavy attack, with many fleeing after the Israeli army occupied the village. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Funeral in Bani Suhaila for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014.  The Al-Najjar family flew their homes in Khuza'a to take refuge fi-urther west.  Israeli attacks have killed 550 Palestinians in the current offensive, most of them civilians. Khuza'a has been under heavy attacks and many fled their village as the Israeli army physically occupies the village. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Funeral in Bani Suhaila for the 21 members of the Al-Najjar family, who were killed just before the ceasefire, July 21, 2014.

 

A woman mourns for her young kid who was murdered during an Israeli airstrike over UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, July 24, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A woman mourns for her young child who was killed by an Israeli airstrike over an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, July 24, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians inspect damages in Abasan village, East of Khan Yunis, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.  (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians inspect the damage in the village of Abasan, East of Khan Yunis, July 26, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A huge crater is seen in place of a home which had been bombed during an Israeli attack, Bani Suheila, East of Khan Yunis, July 27, 2014. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A huge crater is seen in place of a home that was bombed during an Israeli attack, Bani Suheila, July 26, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian shows pieces of Israeli weapon in Abasan village at the entrance of another village Khuza'a, East of Khan Yunis, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Residents of adjacent Khuza'a could not enter, as Israeli soldiers fired warning shots. Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian shows pieces of an Israeli missile in Abasan, July 26, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians look for injured or dead bodies under the rubble of the home of Abu Teir family which was bombed duri,h an Israeli attack, in Abasan village, East of Khan Yunis, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Abasan to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians search for wounded or dead bodies under the rubble of the home of Abu Teir family, which was bombed during an Israeli attack on Absan, July 26, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A Palestinian family had evacuated their house in Beit Hanoun after being warned by Israeli Occupation. Now the family lives in a store near to Kamal Edwan Hospital in Jabalya, July 24, 2014.  (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian family sits for a meal after evacuating their house in Beit Hanoun. The family now lives in a store near Kamal Edwan Hospital in Jabalya, July 24, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)

 

Palestinians walk through a destroyed quarter in Shujaiyeh neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.

Palestinians walk through a destroyed quarter in Shujaiyeh neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 26, 2014.

 

Palestinians walk out with belongings in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, during a ceasefire, July 27, 2014. During the ceasefire on 26 July, many Palestinians went back to Shujaiyeh to inspect the damages together with medics who attempted to rescue injured or collect bodies. Dozens of bodies were collected but many remain as Palestinians do not have all the necessary equipment to dig. Israeli attacks turned the neighborhood into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and thousands forced to flee.  Israeli attacks have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians and injured around 5,000 in the current offensive.  (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians walk with their belongings in Shujaiyeh. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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    1. Craig Vale

      Outright wanton slaughter. Bibi makes Bashir look like a rank amateur, Have Israeli’s no conscience at all. Are they that morally bereft that they sit atop the hills overlooking the Gaza and cheer for the deaths of children? All done in the name of Lebensraum.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        Hamas uses the cement donated by the naive world to dig Beslan tunnels. For the glorious purpose of Arab Lebensraum.

        Justice demands that the Sudeten-Arabs illegally colonizing Jewish land (the Land of Israel) abandon their stolen residences and go back to Arabia. No justice, no peace! End the illegal Arab occupation of the Land of Israel!

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    2. Jan

      When is the world going to sanction Israel for what clearly are war crimes?

      As Israel continues its attack on Gaza have they no sense that what they are doing will sear into every Palestinian brain as well as into the brains of people around the world a hatred for Israel that may never end.

      Only if Israel ends these attacks with a promise to end the occupation and allow the Palestinians to live without oppression will Palestinians and the world to be able to forgive what Israel has done to them for decades. They may forgive but they will never forget.

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      • Reza Lustig

        It’s a vicious cycle that Israelis refuse to see. It helps them sleep better at night if they believe hard enough that Palestinians are a bunch of inhuman, monstrous “others,” who just naturally hate.

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        • Whiplash

          Reza Lustig: “Palestinians are a bunch of inhuman, monstrous “others,” who just naturally hate.”

          Not true. There is nothing natural about the hate incited against and practiced against Jewish Israelis by Arabs generally and Palestinians particularly. Back in 1937 the Peel Commission observed that hatred of the Jews permeated Arab Palestinian society and it has been so since then.

          Hatred of Jews has been taught to Arabs and Palestinians from the cradle to the grave. Hatred is taught from the pulpit, at schools, at cultural events and in the media.

          For example, Qatar TV, broadcast the incendiary sermon of Sheikh Al-Hawwas on July 8, 2014 in which he said:

          “Oh, Allah increase the pressure You exert upon the plundering Jews,demonstrate upon them the miracles of Your might, for they are no match to You. Count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them.”

          This mirrors Hamas’ desired solution for Jews. Out of the leaders of Hamas we hear how they will harvest the skulls of Jews and when how they will kill the Jews when they are submissive. It is what is taught to Palestinian children. How many times have we seen cartoon characters asking Palestinian children to pledge themselves to killing Jews, every last one of them?

          The societal indoctrination of hatred against Jews in general and Israel specifically leads to violence and conflict.

          One will remember that under the Oslo Accords the Palestinians were to tackle incitement to hatred and terrorism. The Palestinians have failed on both counts.

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    3. Richard

      And meanwhile Hamas spokespeople are explaining that their progress should renew Palestinian hopes that Zionists will be expelled from the river to the sea. While Israel haters lie to western imbeciles – telling them the war is about the blockade – the cynical Hamas capos and enforcers double down on a strategy aimed at increasing Palestinian suffering so they can enrich themselves and keep seats at the political table. If the world recognized this for the hostage situation it is and allowed Israel to decisively crush Hamas’s offensive military capabilities, many Palestinian lives would be spared over the coming years. Unfortunately the IDF care more about Palestinian lives than the American and British Muslim activists who march for the spilling of Palestinian blood because their adolescent “activism” is more important than the lives of people in Gaza and Israel.

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    4. Warren R. Smith

      The lesson in democracy has certainly not come from Israel.

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      • AVdim

        Of course not, we are known for our love of life, not for out love of death.

        People abroad don’t seem to realize that Hamas actually means what it says.

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        • Reza Lustig

          You certainly don’t love of the lives of Gazan civilians. Otherwise your measures to ensure their safety from your turf war with Hamas went beyond dropping leaflets, and giving 1-3 minutes to flee your tanks and bombs.

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