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They just want to go home. But most have nowhere left to go to after the onslaught

Shona Murray

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

A Palestinian medic carries the dead body of an infant who was evacuated from under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghol family, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian medic carries the dead body of an infant who was evacuated from under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghol family, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian carries a wounded boy following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike at a United Nations-run school, where displaced Palestinians are taking refuge, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians carry a person killed in a blast outside a UN run school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. AP
Palestinians carry a wounded a boy who was evacuated from under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghol family, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Palestinians try to evacuate a wounded boy from under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man reacts as he stands next to the wreckage of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghol family, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Sun sets over northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli border. Reuters
A relative reacts at a badly damaged house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike that killed three Palestinians from the Wahdan family, in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian woman walks past buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli airstrikes and shelling in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian woman walks past buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian family salvages belongings from the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man smokes as he sits among the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man weeps after identifying the body of 9-year-old Rajab Al Shrafi, at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya. AP
A man grieves next to the bodies of Palestinians, whom medics said were killed during Israeli shelling and air strikes, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade return to Israel from Gaza. Reuters
A convoy of Israeli tanks drives near the border after returning to Israel from Gaza. Reuters
An Israeli tank drives as it returns to Israel from the Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
A Palestinian man salvages gas canisters from the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of their comrade Lieutenant Hadar Goldin in Kfar Saba, near Tel Aviv. Reuters
Relatives of Palestinians from the al-Ghol family, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike on a house, mourn during their funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014. Renewed Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza on Sunday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep up pressure on Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying a tunnel network that extends into Israel. Shelling exchanges continued on Sunday, pushing the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to 1,708, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian shelling has also killed three civilians in Israel. Israel began its air and naval offensive against Gaza on July 8 following a surge of cross-border rocket salvoes by Hamas and other guerrillas, later escalating into ground incursions. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY CONFLICT)

"Am I scared? No. I just want to go home."

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Nine-year-old Dahlia, from Al Zaiton near Shejaiya, doesn't know what happened. But she woke up in hospital, burned from head to toe.

"They attacked a Mosque near our house," she recalled yesterday. "Every day I was playing with my father and my sister until early in the night. My sister then didn't want to go to bed, to sleep, because she was scared, but I wanted to sleep.

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