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Gazans Visit Graves on First Day of Eid Festival

A woman prays over the grave of a relative at Sheikh Radwan cemetery in Gaza City on July 28, 2014.

The hardship of daily life for civilians in war-struck Gaza was felt more keenly Monday, the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is meant to be a joyous time of festive meals, shared traditional sweets and family visits.

Marco Longari / AFP

A boy stands near a massive crater left by an Israeli strike at a cemetery in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza. Several graves were damaged in an airstrike a week ago. "They are even chasing the dead," said a young man who had climbed into the crater, retrieved a bone from the bottom and wrapped it in cloth.

Khalil Hamra / AP

A man guides a girl in prayer at the grave of their loved one in a cemetery in Gaza City. Visiting the graves of one's ancestors is part of the Eid al-Fitr morning ritual.

Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

Men clean up graves that had been covered in debris when a nearby house was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, in the Sheik Radwan cemetery in Gaza City.

Oliver Weiken / EPA

A woman and a girl carry flowers to a family grave at a cemetery in Gaza City. The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a festival marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire.

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Palestinian boys play on a damaged ferris wheel in the wartorn Shejaiya district of Gaza City on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Mahmud Hams / AFP