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In pictures: Lebanon ceasefire

Smiling Israeli soldiers return to northern Israel

As a UN-brokered ceasefire comes into force between Israeli and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon, Israeli soldiers tread a dirt road back from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

Israeli soldiers stand at an artillery unit

Artillery units fell quiet after more than 30 days of constant shelling, and returning Israeli soldiers discharged their weapons.

Long queue of cars wait to pass destroyed bridge near Zahrani, south of Sidon

With a ceasefire in place, Lebanese people displaced by the fighting decided to return home. Long queues of cars packed with people and possessions were seen in southern Lebanon.

Boy in car holds up Hezbollah banner

Both Israel and Hezbollah claimed success in the conflict. Here, a displaced Lebanese boy holds up a celebration banner as he returns to a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.

Hezbollah supporter hands out poster to motorist in Beirut

Amid the rubble in the capital, Hezbollah supporters handed out posters adorned with the face of their leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.

Israeli flags being erected in Haifa

Meanwhile in the Israeli city of Haifa, one of the areas hardest hit by Hezbollah rocket fire, Israeli flags were erected on lamp-posts.

Displaced Lebanese pack their belongings in Damascus, Syria

For many Lebanese who fled the fighting, the ceasefire was finally a chance to pack their belongings and begin the journey home.

Red Cross worker stands in front of rubble being searched for victims in Beirut, after an Israeli strike on Sunday

For many, home no longer exists. The Lebanese government estimates the conflict has done $2.5bn of damage in the country; the Israeli government puts its figure at $1.1bn.






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