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Palestinian girls walk past buildings in Gaza City that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. Dozens of Israeli soldiers have now given testimonials saying that indiscriminate firing was tolerated, or even encouraged at times. Thomas Coex /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

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In Gaza, all hermaphroditic goats will go to heaven. On Sunday, authorities ordered the slaughter of this animal — which had male sex organs and udders — lest people mistakenly believe that its milk had special powers. And if another hermaphrodite goat turns up, it too will face the knife. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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The ground floor walls of the Otaish family's home are gone and the rest of the house is also bombed out, but they have decided to live in what's left of it. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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With Few Choices, Gaza Family Makes Bombed-Out Shell Its Home

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The Islamist group Hamas, shown here in a rally in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 12, is the strongest faction in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic State, or ISIS, is not believed to be in the territory, though fliers purporting to be from the group have circulated in Gaza. They are widely believed to be fake, but both Israel and Hamas have tried to use them to their advantage. Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Gaza, The Specter Of ISIS Proves Useful To Both Sides

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A Palestinian worker checks a truck loaded with bags of cement as it crosses into southern Gaza from Israel last year. Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Tight Restrictions And Rubble, A Cement Shortage In Gaza

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Classrooms across Gaza are crowded with as many as 50 or 60 students, principals say, as dozens of school buildings have been destroyed or damaged, or are still housing people who lost their homes. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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In The Gaza Strip, The School Year Gets Off To A Rocky Start

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An Israeli couple, Noga and Moshiko Siho, kiss after they have their wedding photos taken Wednesday in an army staging area on the Israel-Gaza border, near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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Palestinian mourners carry the body of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas executed more than a dozen people it says were spying for Israel. Khalil Hamra/AP hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23. While the two countries are close allies, they have exchanged criticism during the recent Israel-Hamas fighting in Gaza. Pool/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

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Black smoke billows in the distance following an Israeli airstrike from the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Atef Safadi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Israel's Netanyahu Vows 'A Continuous Campaign' Against Hamas

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Smoke is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on Tuesday. Israel launched attacks in the Gaza Strip and recalled its negotiators from truce talks in Cairo after saying three Palestinian rockets had hit southern Israel, hours before a cease-fire was due to expire. Suhaib Salem/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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