The first day of a new school year in Khan Younis

Palestinian schoolgirls, pictured through a hole in the roof of a classroom that witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, attend a lesson on the first day of a new school year at Suhada Khouza school in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
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A Palestinian boy sits on top of the ruins of a house

A Palestinian boy sits on top of the ruins of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a rally marking Nakba Day in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The remains of her family’s house destroyed by Israeli shelling

A Palestinian girl looks out of a tent erected near the remains of her family’s house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the 50-day war in the summer of 2014, on a rainy day in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip.

When Gaza Burned

Since the end of the deadly 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and 73 in Israel, little has changed on the ground in Gaza. Swathes of Palestinian territory lie in ruins and tens of thousands of people remain homeless, the plight of whom was neglected as international attention focused on events in Ukraine and Russia.
With reconstruction still conspicuous by its absence and talks to bolster the August truce repeatedly postponed, frustration is growing in Gaza — and with it the danger of a new outbreak of violence. This weekend, for the first time since the war ended on August 26, Israeli warplanes struck southern Gaza, bringing back memories of 2014’s bloodiest but largely forgotten conflict.

A Palestinian man rests inside his makeshift shelter next to the remains of his house

A Palestinian man rests inside his makeshift shelter next to the remains of his house, which witnesses said was destroyed in the Israeli offensive, during a 72-hour truce in Khan Younis the southern Gaza Strip

A Palestinian family salvages belongings from the ruins of buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes

A Palestinian family salvages belongings from the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip