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PHOTOS: Gaza after Israel's air strikes

Created on 09 December 2012

Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

 

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A child stands  amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

 

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A dentist chair remains among the rubble of a medical clinic destroyed by Israeli air strikes near Khan Yunis, Gaza. The clinic was the sole medical facility for a community of poor fishermen on the Gaza coast.

 

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Sami Arafat (age 4) and his brother Jilal (8) sit near the ruins of their home, in which their 5-year-old sister Runan was killed when 10 Israeli missiles struck this mostly agricultural area in the Al Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. Jilal and his mother, four months pregnant, were found alive in the rubble. The children now suffer from frequent panic attacks at night. The family does not know why their area was targeted.

 

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Majdi Whahidi, a steelworker, stands near a pedestrian bridge that he helped to build, now destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the Al Mughraqa area of the Gaza Strip. The bridge crossed an area regularly flooded by Israeli wastewater.

 

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The ruins of a Palestinian football stadium hit by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza City. The stadium also housed the Palestinian paralympic commiitee.

 

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A man holds his daughter, who was rescued after being buried to her neck in dirt thrown by Israeli air strikes that made the massive crater behind them in the Al Shoja’iya neighborhood of Gaza City.

 

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A mosque minnaret and communications tower rise above a field of rubble at Abu Khadra complex for civil adminstration, completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City.

 

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Palestinian youth on a Gaza City street sit in front of a spray-painted mural depicting rockets with the slogan, "Popular Resistance Movement".

 

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A government employee searches for important documents in the remains of his office amid the rubble of the Palestinian National Authority Council of Ministers building, one of many Palestinian government buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes.

 

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A woman stands in her kitchen, the walls cracked by Israeli air strikes that landed nearby in the Al Shoja'iya neighborhood of Gaza City.

 

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A Palestinian boy stands in his home, the roof of which was destroyed by debris thrown into the air by Israeli bombings in the Al Shoja'iya area of Gaza City.

 

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A mural of the Dome of the Rock appears on the interior wall of a bombed-out residential building in the Al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.