Gazans return to their neighborhoods — and find them decimated


Displaced Palestinians leave a U.N. school in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip to return to their homes. (Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse)

Another cease-fire took effect between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza, allowing many residents to venture back to their homes. Many found their houses in ruins and tried to salvage any belongings that might have survived the fighting. Others took the time to search for any victims buried in the piles of rubble. Intense airstrikes and ground attacks have taken a huge toll on many towns in the region. Here is a look at Gaza almost a month after Israel began Operation Protective Edge.


A Palestinian woman leads a girl past destroyed buildings after returning to Beit Hanoun. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency says there are almost 300,000 displaced Gazans seeking shelter in 90 U.N. compounds.

Artillery shells were found on many streets.


A woman inspected the damage done in a Khan Younis neighborhood. All that is left is a satellite dish. (Mohammed Saber/European Pressphoto Agency)


Here is what's left of a building in a Beit Lahiya. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)

Shijaiyah was one of the neighborhoods in Gaza City hit hardest by Israeli forces.


One family returned to their home in an attempt to salvage their belongings. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)

A woman looks through her damaged home after returning to Beit Hanoun. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

Rescue workers buried bodies they found in the rubble of the collapsed buildings and homes. (Said Khatib/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

 

Swati Sharma is a digital editor for World and National Security and previously worked at the Boston Globe.

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