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PHOTOS: Gaza children return to school after 50-day war

September 15, 2014 10:22 IST

Almost 50,000 children in Gaza returned to school after the devastating 50-day war which has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians.

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The war has destroyed more than 25 schools and has damaged a little over 200. 

Palestinian students look inside a classroom that witnesses said was shelled by Israel during its offensive, on the first day of the new school year east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militants, mediated by Egypt, took effect on August 26 after a seven-week conflict.

Palestinian students walk past houses that witnesses said were destroyed by the Israeli offensive, as they make their way to the first day of the new school year in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

It called for an indefinite halt to hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt, and a widening of the territory's fishing zone in the Mediterranean.

Palestinian students sit inside their school that witnesses said was shelled by Israel during its offensive, on the first day of the new school year in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

The empty chair of student Najeah al-Helo, 14, who was killed during the Israeli offensive, is seen inside a class on the first day of the new school year in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Palestinian Palestinian students play inside their school that witnesses said was shelled by Israel during its offensive, on the first day of the new school year in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Palestinian students walk past houses that witnesses said were destroyed by the Israeli offensive, as they make their way to school on the first day of the new school year in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters