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In pictures: Devastation in Gaza

Destroyed house in Ezbat Abed Rabbu area, in Jabaliya, northern Gaza (20/01/2009)

Fresh images from the Gaza Strip are showing the massive scale of destruction of Israel's three-week bombardment and ground offensive, which ended on Saturday.

Destroyed street in Ezbat Abed Rabbu area, in Jabaliya, northern Gaza (20/01/2009)

In Ezbat Abed Rabbu, part of Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza, residents have been returning to find their entire neighbourhood reduced to rubble.

Family having breakfast in Ezbat Abed Rabbu

Palestinian families left destitute by the Israeli military campaign struggle to utilise some of what remains of their property, in this case a veranda which somehow escaped unscathed.

Palestinian children play with a burning lump of white phosphorus in Beit Lahiya (photo taken 19/01/2009, published 20/01/2009)

Dangers remain for Gazans - more than 36 hours after Israeli leaders declared a unilateral ceasefire, a suspected lump of Israeli-fired white phosphorus is ignited in a street in Beit Lahiya.

A Palestinian family huddle around a fire made with wood salvaged from destroyed houses, next to their destroyed house in the heavily hit area of Beit Lahiya.

The UN has warned reconstruction in Gaza Strip will cost billions of dollars, with tens of thousands of people left homeless and hundreds of thousands with with no running water or electricity.

Palestinian boys sift through broken gravestones at a cemetery allegedly damaged by Israeli army bulldozers in Beit Lahiya (20/01/2009)

As well as destruction caused by air strikes, artillery and bombardment from the sea, Gaza residents say this cemetery in Beit Lahiya was damaged by military bulldozers.

Israeli infantry soldiers patrol near the border with the Gaza strip (20/01/2009)

On the Israeli side, infantrymen patrol near the fence around Gaza. The fragile ceasefire appears to be holding, but no long-term solution seems near at the moment.



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