Palestinians return to devastated homes as UN calls for Gaza dialogue

Palestinians return to devastated homes as UN calls for Gaza dialogue

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of his house destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Rafah, Gaza. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex

Tens of thousands of displaced Palestinians in Gaza have begun returning to their homes to inspect the devastation from 11 days of Israeli airstrikes in its war with Hamas.

Gaza City, on the Mediterranean coast, had been warped by the intense attacks, with gaping holes in the skyline from where high-rise buildings had collapsed, their remains sprawling into the street. Cars mounted pavements to avoid craters.

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