Troubling photos of destruction as Gazans return to their neighborhoods

As a 12-hour pause begins in Gaza, residents returned to their streets and surveyed what was left of their neighborhoods. Eight-five new bodies were dug out of rubble Saturday morning, and ambulances were still trying to reach other areas in Gaza.

According to reports, the destruction in the past 48 hours far exceeds previous Gaza wars.

The U.N. school that was bombed earlier this week was located in Beit Hanoun. This is how a neighborhood looked on Saturday morning.

A Palestinian women hauls a television set she salvaged out of her destroyed house  in Beit Hanoun. 


(Oliver Weiken / EPA)

Shijaiyah was heavily bombarded by Israeli forces. On Sunday alone, 70 civilians died in the Gaza City neighborhood.

Ambulances struggled to reach the dead. Search crews followed bulldozers that cleared a path forward. There were reports of wounded still trapped in buildings.

The destruction was taken in by residents and journalists during the 12-hour cease-fire.

Many roads were barely passable, and almost quiet. Women did not wail. The men looked stunned.

The scale of the damage from Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire was the worst seen in 19 days. Much of the damage witnessed Saturday occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours.

Families in Gaza used an open lot to dig graves, according to NBC News's Ayman Mohyeldin.

Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. Death toll passes 1,000 as the 12-hour truce allows Gazans to come home only to find more dead. Meanwhile, world leaders gather in Paris to push for an extension of the cease-fire. (Reuters)

 

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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