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Picking up the pieces in Gaza after four weeks of intense conflict

Published on Aug 5, 2014 3:56 PM

A 72-hour truce came into effect Tuesday after four weeks of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants led by the Islamist group, Hamas. Israel has withdrawn all ground forces from Gaza, raising hopes of an end to the fighting which left 1,800 Palestinians and 67 Israelis dead. It's now left to the people on both sides to pick up the pieces.


THE PALESTINIANS - Glass and debris littered the road to Ahed Marouf's house in a northern Gaza town on Monday as he rode on a donkey cart with his wife and three children to check on their home during a seven-hour truce declared by Israel.

What they saw when they reached Beit Lahiya, near the Israeli border, persuaded them to return to their temporary shelter in a UN-run school in nearby Jabalya refugee camp.

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