A group of Palestinian boys ride horse-drawn cart past destroyed houses in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City following the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians. After seven weeks of the deadliest Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, a long-term ceasefire took hold on Tuesday.
A graduation photo of a Palestinian boy is hung on the wall in a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border. A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as several Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.
A Palestinian Hamas policeman takes part in a graduation ceremony at the Arafat Police Academy in Gaza City. The Arabic writing on the wall reads, “The chains must be broken”.
Hamas soldiers take part in a parade of Hamas forces in Gaza City. Reports state that the Hamas Interior Ministry is marking the fifth anniversary of the three-week Israeli war against the Hamas movement in Gaza strip in which more than a thousand Palestinians were killed between late 2008 and early 2009.
Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday.
Armed Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the streets of Gaza City. Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy warned Hamas of a “harsh response” if the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules the neighbouring Gaza Strip were to threaten Egypt’s national security.