Harrowing images of Gaza neighborhood hit hardest by Israel

Israeli forces bombarded a neighborhood in Gaza overnight Sunday. At least 100 Palestinians were killed in what was the heaviest bombardment in Israel's 13-day offensive. Read the full story.

Reporters who arrived in the mid-afternoon during the cease-fire, arranged by the Red Crescent humanitarian organization, witnessed chaotic scenes of ambulance drivers struggling to fill their bays with the wounded.

In 10 minutes, on one street, seven stretchers were carried out of the rubble. Some of the injured looked near death.

After a few hundred yards, Shijaiyah’s main boulevard became impassable for vehicles because of shredded trees and downed power lines. House after house showed signs of heavy damage and raging fires from sustained shelling by tanks and artillery.


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Palestinians react to their destroyed homes.


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Civilians run from eastern Shijaiyah.


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Two Palestinian girls run past a disabled ambulance.


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Two men flee their homes during a brief cease-fire.


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Ambulance drivers reported "great difficulty" entering the town.


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Civil defense workers remove the body of a little girl.


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Residents react to the intense firing.


(Hatem Moussa/Associated Press)

A Palestinian woman cries as she flees her neighborhood.


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William Booth is The Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He was previously bureau chief in Mexico, Los Angeles and Miami.
Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.
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