Today was a day of thanks and remembrance in Gaza City. The people turned out during the day to celebrate the brokered ceasefire accomplished by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi between Hamas and Israel. In the evening, children of Gaza City held a candle lighting ceremony on rubble in Gaza City. Photos by Mohamed el-Saife/DPI.
As the situation in Gaza City continues to unfold, Hamas militants conduct an anti-Israel rally. Photos by Mohamed el-Saife/DPI.
What is victory? Maybe all victory is fleeting. What does victory mean for the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip? Does it mean that they are happy to have survived the bombing? Does it mean that they are edging closer to having their own state? Do they believe that their enemy is defeated? Is there a long game here that they are playing? War is horrific no matter when or where or who is involved, and the innocents always suffer and will continue to do so as long as a lasting peace remains elusive. The history of mankind does not support the argument that war will be no more. It just goes on and on and on. New faces to be sure. Maybe it is something ingrained in humankind that has become part of our collective DNA. This brings us to an armistice between two warring parties in this blog, Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip under the Hamas government and the State of Israel. DPI’s war correspondent in Gaza City, Mohamed el-Saife, has contributed this collection of photos showing Palestinians in Gaza celebrating the announcement of the armistice.