GAZA CITY: A truce of 12-hour among Israel and Hamas entered into force Saturday, with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza families. The bodies were recovered in the first three hours of the “humanitarian“ truce that came into effect at 0500 GMT as top diplomats gathered in Paris to press efforts for a longer-term ceasefire.
Shortly after the fragile ceasefire took effect, Palestinians proceeded out into the streets of Gaza, with many coming back to areas that had been too dangerous to enter for days.
In northern Beit Hanun, southern Khan Yunis and eastern Shejaiya and Zaitun, they found scenes of complete destruction, with homes flattened and bodies lying in the streets and under debris.
Blood trails along the ground were crossed by Israeli tank tracks, and there were holes where it appeared Israeli forces had been searching for Hamas tunnels.
Representative of emergency sevices Ashraf al-Qudra stated the three hours into the truce, rescue workers retrieved 13 bodies in Shejaiya in eastern Gaza City, 13 more in Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat in central Gaza, and nine in north Gaza.