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Palestinians left facing the odds alone after ceasefire

Families return to Beit Lahia in northern Gaza to pick up the pieces but find their homes almost completely destroyed.

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13-year-old Feras Abuelneen was wounded last week but now walks atop the rubble next to his former home (MEE / Mohammed Omer)

By: Mohammed Omer

Source: http://www.middleeasteye.net/

BEIT LAHIA, Gaza Strip – When Israel and Palestinian factions announced a 72-hour ceasefire, Umm Feras Abuelneen, 35, had few choices left open to her except to return to her apartment at al-Nada residential towers in Beit Lahia.

She expected little, but what met her eyes when she reached her home in the northern Gaza Strip was worse. The whole apartment was bombed and smashed. Dust and debris lay scattered everywhere, as if a hurricane had smashed straight into the center of it.

“They [Israel] bombed the hell out of our homes, with their Hellfire missiles, drones, tank-shells and gas which irritates the skin and eyes of my children,” says Abuelneen.

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Palestinians struggle to ‘dig out bodies’

Dozens of dead bodies remain under the rubble in Rafah, as Israel’s assault on southern Gaza kills scores of civilians.

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Local medics said that at least 110 people have been killed in Rafah in the past 24 hours.

By: Mohammed Omer

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Rafah, Gaza Strip – Under continued Israeli air strikes and artillery fire, Issa Akel has no other choice: The 50-year-old bulldozer driver must stop unearthing the dead bodies buried beneath the rubble in this southern Gaza town and seek safety for himself.

In Hay al-Junina, east of Rafah, Akel went on a mission to rescue the dead, but he soon realised that his life was in danger. On Saturday, the town’s roads were littered with dead bodies, left bleeding for hours without any ambulance crew arriving to rescue them.

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Gaza families bake Eid ‘cake of resistance’

Displaced Palestinians are baking traditional holiday cakes under Israeli bombardment, to bring joy to their children.

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By: Mohammed Omer

Gaza City – When Elham Elzanin fled her home in Beit Hanoun, she only had time to grab her terrified children and evacuate. Now sheltering at a school in Gaza City, Elzanin’s nine-year-old daughter Nima cries over missing one of the sweetest parts of the Eid holiday: cake.

“I said to myself, ‘We ought to make the children feel the atmosphere of Eid, even if warplanes are bombing,'” Elzanin, 39, told Al Jazeera. She said that the idea quickly spread among the children seeking refuge with their families at al-Hud school, and soon, a group of mothers began baking.

“The Israelis should know they will not stop us [from] finding some joy in making Eid cake,” she said. The cake, she added, represents “resilience and resistance”.

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