Civilians under siege

Gaza residents veer between hopelessness and defiance as the Israeli bombing resumers, writes Shona Murray in Gaza City.

10th August, 2014
A Palestinian medic carries a wounded girl into the Shifa hospital in Gaza City last Friday. Picture: AP Photo

As the day drew to a close on Thursday night and alongside it, any hope for an extension of the 72-hour truce, a different type of tension engulfed Gaza.

In the days before the truce, during nights of relentless shelling, resulting in civilian deaths, the maiming for life of children and the displacement of nearly half a million people, Gazans managed their fear and despair. Families moved in together, neighbours offered shelter and support.

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