In photos: Death, destruction and despair as Israel-Hamas war rages on after a month

The war in Gaza has sent 1.5 million people fleeing to other parts of Palestine in a desperate search for cover


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Published: Tue 7 Nov 2023, 10:40 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Nov 2023, 1:24 PM

For the past month, death and destruction have reigned on both sides of the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Grief is in the tears of Israelis burying the 1,400 people — mostly civilians — slain by Hamas militants who stormed into Israel on October 7.

It is in the anguished screams of Palestinians as the bodies of some of the more than 10,000 people reportedly killed by Israeli airstrikes — 40 per cent of them children — are pulled from the wreckage of shattered homes.

Early scenes of Palestinian men raising their arms in victory atop an Israeli tank set ablaze during the raid quickly give way to ones of devastation: whole blocks of Gaza reduced to black-and-white wastelands as relentless missile strikes light up the night sky in balls of flame and glowing clouds of smoke.

Rockets fired from Israel toward the Gaza Strip on October 7, in retaliation to the attack by Hamas.

Retaliatory rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel over destroyed buildings following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.

Israeli police evacuate a woman and a child from a site after a rocket from Gaza hits a site nearby.

The decapitated dome of Yassin Mosque rests atop the collapsed roof of the house of worship, one of many destroyed in Gaza.

Israelis look at and inspect a building damaged by Hamas-fired rockets.

Palestinians inspect the damage done by Israeli rockets as they walk on rubble on October 26.

Two Palestinians mourn their relatives killed in the bombardment by the Israeli Defence Forces.

Palestinians evacuate a building hit in an Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip in Rafah.

A Palestinian man walks by buildings destroyed in the Israel-Gaza war.

Residents of Kibbutz Kfar Azza, a small farming community in Israel, bind their hands and wear blindfolds during a rally in solidarity with friends and relatives held hostage in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian children sit by a fire in front of a UNDP-provided tent camp, after being displaced from their homes by the war.


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