The Gaza Strip, December 2014: Life amidst the ruins

The following photographs were taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s field researcher in the northern Gaza Strip. This is his account of the story behind the images: “The fighting during Operation Protective Edge made it practically impossible to get around Gaza to document events as they unfolded. It would have meant risking life and limb. For the past three months, B’Tselem’s three field researchers in Gaza – Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, Muhammad Sa’id and I – have been carefully going through the Gaza Strip, following up on reports one neighborhood at a time, one house at a time. We take pictures of formerly vibrant, densely populated neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble. We meet people living amidst the ruins. They have nothing. They tell of their efforts to take shelter from the elements, to ward off the cold and the rain. They tell of their despair and helplessness. The extent of devastation defies the imagination. It is nightmarish. The only ray of hope is the sight of children playing, playing in the rubble.”

A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
Al-Bureh neighborhood, Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
Al-Bureh neighborhood, Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
The home of ‘Abd al-Halim al-Masri, Al-Masriyin St., Beit Hanoun, 3 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014
A-Zanah region, east of Khan Yunis, 4 December 2014

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