The brief pause in fighting has enabled civil defence teams in Gaza city to start pulling bodies from the rubble. But the terrible reality of repeated Israeli shelling coupled with a lack of proper tools makes it an almost impossible job for the men charged with the grim task.
The chief of Gaza city’s civil defence told euronews: “We need several days to finish our work to search in all the areas and evacuate all the bodies. We have old equipment and tools at civil defence. That’s because we have been under siege for eight years. We are scrabbling around in the dirt with our hands and nails!”
The neighbourhood of Shejaia has arguably become Gaza’s ground zero. Nothing is left here apart from death.
Bodies continue to be pulled from the rubble, bringing the total number of Palestinians killed since the conflict began way past one thousand.
More than 40 Israelis have died.
In the meantime, the sound of Israeli gunfire warning Gazans to stay away from the border fills the air.