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Four months after ceasefire, many Gazans still displaced amid damaged city




Screen grab taken from the livestream video by Jehad Saftawi on July 23, 2014, Gaza City. Jehad and his wife, Lara Aburamadan, still live in the same 11th floor apartment in Gaza City.
Screen grab taken from the livestream video by Jehad Saftawi on July 23, 2014, Gaza City. Jehad and his wife, Lara Aburamadan, still live in the same 11th floor apartment in Gaza City.
Screen grab taken from Jehad Saftawi, Ustream

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This weekend, tensions rose again between Hamas and Israel after both sides exchanged rocket fire. It was the first time such an exchange occurred since a cease-fire in August ended two months of conflict.

This past summer was a brutal one in the region – especially in the area of Gaza.

That's where more than 2,000 people were killed by Israeli strikes, three-fourths of them were civilians, according to UN figures.

As part of our look back at the top stories of the year, we reached out again to Lara Aburamadan.

She's a photojournalist living in Gaza City. Along with her husband, Jehad Saftawi, they live-streamed the view from their 11th floor apartment during the summer's conflict.

Much of it is still fresh in their minds, said Saftawi.

"The sound of the airstrikes, the bombardments, the sound of the warplanes," said Saftawi. "I don't want to remember all these details."

Four months later, many residents are still seeking basic services, like housing, said the couple.

"They are trying to find shelter," said Aburamadan. "They don't have anywhere to go."

The bombings in Gaza destroyed or damaged more than 113,000 homes in Gaza, affecting 13 percent of houses, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA. During the conflict, the Israeli Defense Forces said it employed unmanned drones, or UAVs, "in order to prevent civilian casualties."
 

Listen to Lara and Jehad's previous interview with Take Two during the height of the conflict: Gaza couple live streams sights and sounds of city under seige