Thousands of displaced Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip have already begun returning to their homes to check for damage, while Israelis have returned to normal life, much like a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. held after 11 days of deadly fighting.
Palestinian officials on Friday put the reconstruction costs at ten million dollars. Five more bodies were recovered from the Gaza rubble, killing 248, including 66 children, with more than 1,900 injured.
The Israeli military says an Israeli soldier was killed, as well as 12 civilians, including two children. Hundreds were treated for injuries after rocket salvoes caused panic and sent people far away in Tel Aviv rushing to shelters.
World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris said health facilities in Gaza were at risk of being overwhelmed by thousands of injured.
He called for quick access to the Gaza Strip for medical supplies and staff.
“The real challenges are the closures,” he said at a virtual briefing at the UN.
Gaza has for years been subject to an Israeli blockade that restricts the flow of people and goods, as well as Egyptian bans.
Fabrizio Carboni, regional director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, echoed WHO’s call for urgent medical supplies, adding, “It will take years to stand up – and even more so to stand up to the broken life. “
Hundreds of homes were destroyed
Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from Gaza, said nearly 1,000 individual homes were completely destroyed, 700 were severely damaged, and another 14,000 housing units were partially damaged.
“[There is a] ratio of more than six people per home in this town and on the Strip, more than 80,000 people have lost their homes or have had their homes seriously damaged or damaged. This is a big disaster for the community, ”he said.
Nazmi Dahdouh, 70, father of five, said her home in Gaza City was damaged in an Israeli attack.
“We have no other house. I will live in a tent on top of the rubble of my house until it is rebuilt, ”he told the AFP news agency.
Malak Mattar, an actor in Gaza City, told Al Jazeera that the ceasefire brought relief to his family.
“We are relieved. We finally got a lot of hours of sleep where something took us the last 10 or 11 days, so it was a good thing we felt safe, with no bombings, ”Mattar said.
“We now get food supplies… so, we’re relieved.”
In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police closed down protesters on Friday in the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, two weeks after a similar crackdown caused escalation of violence. The site is sacred to Muslims and Jews, who call it the Temple Mount.
Clashes also began in many other parts of Israeli -occupied East Jerusalem, and at the crossing point between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Israeli police said, adding hundreds of officers and guards to the boundary is activated.
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said that as the Gaza war ended, tensions still persisted everywhere.
“There was a ceasefire but that ceasefire only focused on Gaza. All the remaining issues between the two sides are there,” Abdel-Hamid said.
“Today, people are also celebrating and they are comforted that the war in Gaza is over, but the tensions are still there.”
Israel and Hamas claim victory
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s bombing campaign by Palestinian armed groups killed “more than 200” Gaza militants, including 25 -year -old commanders, whom he described as a “remarkable success”.
Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls the coastal enclave, also claimed a “victory”.
“We have inflicted a painful and severe blow that will leave its deep mark” on Israel, said the movement’s political leader Ismail Haniya, who has vowed to rebuild Gaza.
He also thanked Iran for “providing funds and weapons” to Hamas.
Many world leaders have welcomed the ceasefire deal. U.S. President Joe Biden said he believed there was “a real opportunity to grow” and valued his commitment to “work towards it”. The European Union insists that working towards a “two -state solution” is the only possible option. Russia and China have called for a return to peace talks.
Netanyahu’s office announced the ceasefire “without precondition” on Thursday night, with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – another armed group in Gaza – confirming it shortly afterwards.
Egyptian state media reported that two Egyptian security delegations had arrived to track down the ceasefire deal from anywhere.
The U.S. State Department says top diplomat Antony Blinken “will meet with Israeli, Palestinian and regional counterparts in the coming days to discuss recovery efforts and work together to build a better future for Israelis and Palestinians ”.
UN leader Antonio Guterres said Israel and the Palestinians now have a responsibility to have “a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict”.
He also called for a “strong support package for a rapid, sustainable construction and recovery”.