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Last Updated: Monday August 14 2006 16:11 GMT

In pictures: Lebanon ceasefire

Smiling Israeli soldiers return to northern Israel

The United Nations has helped bring in a ceasefire in the Middle East. After it began these Israeli soldiers headed home along a dirt road from southern Lebanon into northern Israel

Israeli soldiers stand at an artillery unit

Big land-based guns, called artillery, fell quiet after more than 30 days of constant firing, and returning Israeli soldiers gave back their weapons

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

With a ceasefire in place, Lebanese people forced from their homes by the fighting decided to return home. Long queues of cars were seen in southern Lebanon

Boy in car holds up Hezbollah banner

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

Hezbollah supporter hands out poster to motorist in Beirut

In the Lebananese capital Beirut, Hezbollah supporters handed out posters showing 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 put up 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 (1.3bn) of damage in the country; the Israeli government puts its figure at $1.1bn (580m)



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