On Tuesday morning, a 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Egypt took effect in Gaza after nearly a month of fighting, broken only by brief humanitarian ceasefires of a few hours, and one failed attempt at a longer truce that broke almost as soon as it began. Israel pulled back its troops and Israeli officials said that all military forces had left the area Tuesday. According to the New York Times, as of Aug. 5, 67 Israelis had been killed. More than 1,800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, also lost their lives in the fighting.
The intense fighting started after Israel launched its offensive against Hamas on July 8, in response to a series of rockets fired on Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Israel's subsequent strikes have demolished swaths of Gaza, leaving little behind but rubble and ruins. The U.N. reports that of Gaza's 1.8 million people, some 260,000 are still displaced. After the cease-fire was declared, Palestinians returned to their neighborhoods in Gaza to see what was left of their homes and businesses and to look for unaccounted for members of their families.
Above, two Palestinian men look through the rubble for relatives.
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