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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins

From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins in Gaza

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These images were taken in April 2024, in Khan Younis and Rafah, in south Gaza, Palestine, by a Médecins Sans Frontières staff member. They offer a glimpse into the campaign of annihilation waged by the Israeli army in Gaza since the start of the war, a strategy which inevitably leads to massacres of Palestinian civilians.

From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
People and vehicles traverse the main road to Khan Younis. Israeli forces have completely destroyed the area with intense bombing and artillery fire. Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
Life returns to the streets of Khan Younis, following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area which allowed some Palestinians to return to the city. Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
Gazans try to identify the bodies found in a mass grave on the grounds of Nasser hospital. MSF staff provided 80 body bags as requested by the civil defence teams in charge of exhuming the bodies. Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
Tents are unloaded at the Médecins Sans Frontières logistics warehouse in the city of Rafah, Gaza. This warehouse was eventually evacuated following the first evacuation orders for eastern Rafah at the beginning of May. Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
People put out spot fires in the grounds of Nasser hospital, after a siege by the Israeli forces. Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
Ben Milpas/MSF
From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
Debris is scattered across an operating theatre inside Nasser hospital, after a siege by the Israeli forces. Palestine, April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
Rising smoke partly blocks the view of Khan Younis from the roof of Nasser hospital, formerly the largest hospital in southern Gaza. Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Palestine, 22 April 2024.
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From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
A man digs a hole in front of a mosque in Khan Younis. The city has become completely unrecognisable after the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area, leaving it in ruins behind them. Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
Ben Milpas/MSF
From Rafah to Khan Younis, lives in ruins
A woman and her daughter climb the stairs of their destroyed house. The withdrawal of Israeli forces from Khan Younis allowed some Palestinians to return to the city, where most of them discovered their homes in ruins. Gaza, Palestine, April 2024.
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