In Pictures: Gaza Devastation

Displaced Palestinians returned to inspect the damage of their homes during Friday’s brief ceasefire.

Displaced Palestinians across the Gaza Strip took advantage of a brief ceasefire on Friday to inspect their homes. But the lull in fighting was short-lived – within two hours, the truce collapsed with Israel and Hamas blaming each other for violating the agreement.Thousands of buildings have been damaged since Israel began bombardment of the besieged territory on July 8. Mosques, hospitals, residential buildings and schools have been targeted.
Residents returned to Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, during the truce on Friday.
Khuzaa has been heavily bombarded during Israel’s offensive.
Thousands of buildings have been damaged in the Israeli offensive.
Palestinians salvage what they can at the al-Shati refugee beach camp in Gaza City.
Palestinians run for cover after Israeli shelling while they were inspecting the damage to their houses in Khuzaa.
Israel and Hamas accused each other of violating the truce on Friday.
About 1.8 million Palestinians live in the densely populated area.
More than 1,650 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 9,000 wounded in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.
More than 440,000 people have been displaced, according to the UN.
Seraj Ismail Abdel Al, 5, lightly wounded in an overnight Israeli strike, inspects the damage to buildings in Gaza City.
A poster of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is seen on the rubble of a destroyed house in the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
Diplomatic efforts are under way to secure a durable truce, but so far, all ceasefires have been short-lived.

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