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Thousands of Gazans returned to survey the damage to their homes during a 12-hour humanitarian truce on Saturday. A Palestinian woman, above, was overwhelmed by the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. The Israeli military had requested that civilians not return to homes they had evacuated during the cease-fire.

Two men, right, stand in the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of east Gaza City duringa 12-hour ceasefire on July 26.OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA