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PHOTOS: Balloons, ice creams, siesta amid Israel-Hamas war

August 06, 2014 12:49 IST

PHOTOS: Balloons, ice creams, siesta amid Israel-Hamas war

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What do the residents of a country do when their country finally witnesses some peace after constant war and destruction for a whole month?

After 29 days of constant war, guns firing, Palestinians came out of hiding on Tuesday on the first day of the three-day ceasefire announced.

Kids playing, enjoying ice cream, laughter rung out in the area after ceasefire held, which is now the longest lull in a war that has killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians.

Here are some of the moments captured. 

Palestinians enjoy an afternoon out during the first day of a three day ceasefire, in Gaza City.

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Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

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After the guns, comes the peace. And on Tuesday, after hiding, Palestinian children enjoyed some time playing at a United Nations-run school. The war has claimed 393 children.

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Photographs: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

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Palestinians crowd into an ice cream shop during the first day of a three day ceasefire, in GazaCity. Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.

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Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

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An Israeli soldier from the Nahal Brigade rests after returning to Israel from Gaza. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt.

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Photographs: Baz Ratner/Reuters

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Israeli soldiers from the paratroopers brigade drink after returning to Israel from Gaza. Troops have been in the Gaza Strip for a month carrying out extensive attacks on the city.

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The ceasefire also was a time of mourning as several residents buried their dead and mourned for those who had been sacrificed in the war. A Palestinian woman is seen at her son’s grave, after he died in the offensive.

 

 


Photographs: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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