Celia Peterson

Life amongst the rubble in the Shajaya and Beit Hanoun neighbourhoods in Gaza, both border towns that were  severely destroyed by the war with Israel, ‘Operation Protective Edge’.

50 days after the war, life resumes with a backdrop of destruction. Posters of the deceased are hung on the outside walls of the destroyed houses, contact details of the old home owners stand on top of the piles of rubble. With winter approaching, the humanitarian situation in Gaza becomes more catastrophic with an estimated 6 billion euros required to reconstruct the damage.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of a Gazan woman inside her badly damaged house. She lost many family members in 'Operation Protective Edge', including her two grand children who went out to buy milk for the family and were both killed by shelling. 35 members of her extended family all lost their homes within one hour of intense bombing, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The Nasseir family at their partially destroyed home in the recent war with Israel, Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine. The family remain at their house during the day and leave for a school where they have temporary accommodation by night.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war in the Shajaya neighbourhood.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A family stand outside their partially destroyed home, bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A child's burnt English school work in a street in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A portrait of kids playing inside their house, partially destroyed during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war, 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A young girl surveys the damage outside her house, wearing adult boots she has salvaged from the rubble. Pictured in a poster on the door is her uncle who died trying to launch a rocket at an Israeli plane during 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A family stand outside their partially destroyed home, bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war in the Shajaya neighbourhood.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The aftermath of the August 2014 war in the Shajaya neighbourhood, Gaza, Palestine.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Gazans on top of piles of rubble in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of Mohamad Hassan Faraj outside his home, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Portrait of two men outside their house, in a neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: A horse tethered to the remains of a building in the Shajaya neighbourhood that saw 60% of the buildings destroyed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Shajaya, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: The remains of a burnt mattress in the street.

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Middle Area, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Om Abdullah Musleh outside her destroyed house, showing the one thing that remains from her previous home: a wire. Her family's home was bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge' and they have erected the basic silver structure to temporarily provide the family with shelter.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.

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Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Palestine - 20/09/2014: Kids play football in the streets of the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza, heavily bombed during the August 2014 war with Israel, codenamed 'Operation Protective Edge'.