Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Palestinian women react to the destruction in Beit Hanuon, northern Gaza Strip, during the ceasefire. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians appear dazed by level of damage as they check homes, retrieve possessions and search for bodies of relative

Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week.

Israel and Hamas both agreed to a UN request to stop fighting from 8am until 8pm on Saturday. An Israeli cabinet minister said on Saturday night that Israel had agreed to prolong the truce by four hours. Hamas gave no immediate response to the extension.

Shortly before the ceasefire took effect, at least 18 members of the al-Najar family, including many children, were killed in an air strike on Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip. The family had recently gone there to escape fighting in a nearby village, a Palestinian health official said.

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