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Photo Essay: Life in Gaza comes to a standstill

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Editor’s Note: Despite a reported truce agreement between Islamic Jihad and Israel, Palestinians in Gaza are still afraid go out the streets and return to normal life. Mohammad Asad sends us scenes from Gaza today.

This street is usually crowded at twelve o’clock noon but today is empty. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
An empty coffee shop
An empty coffee shop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
All government ministries and headquarters are closed in Gaza except the Ministry of Health
All government ministries and headquarters are closed in Gaza except the Ministry of Health (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
One of the most popular falafel and hummus restaurants in Gaza is supposed to be full of customers in the morning
One of the most popular falafel and hummus restaurants in Gaza is supposed to be full of customers in the morning. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Palestinian universities are shut down.
Palestinian universities are shut down. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
UNRWA has suspended its services and closed all Gaza Strip schools in conjunction with government schools
UNRWA has suspended its services and closed all Gaza Strip schools in conjunction with government schools (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Construction has halted as workers stay home. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Construction has halted as workers stay home. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
The majority of shops in the Gaza Strip are closed
The majority of shops in the Gaza Strip are closed. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Trees in agricultural areas were uprooted throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of the shelling
Trees in agricultural areas were uprooted throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of the shelling (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
A Bedouin woman drives a donkey cart with extreme caution to collect firewood from agricultural areas, most of which are vulnerable to shelling.
A Bedouin woman drives a donkey cart with extreme caution to collect firewood from agricultural areas, most of which are vulnerable to shelling. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
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As recent expert and advanced DNA analysis has discovered, Including their ancestors, Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for at least 15,000 years and they will still be there long after Zionism has been relegated to history’s dust bin.