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EDITORS' PICK: MEE coverage of the 51-day Gaza war

Our editorial staff selects some of the strongest coverage to emerge from the bloodiest Gaza conflict to date
Medics at the al-Shifa hospital mourn their colleague targeted and killed in Al Shejaiya neighbourhood in Gaza City (MEE / Anne Paq)

A year ago today, the people of Gaza and Israel woke to the news that a new war had begun. Over the course of the following 51 days, much of Gaza was levelled with more than 2,200 Palestinians being killed or subsequently dying of their injuries.

On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians were also killed with Hamas rockets penetrating further north than ever before.

While the close of hostilities brought big hopes that a lasting ceasefire would be penned and the Israeli blockade of Gaza eased or ended, no such détente has officially emerged. A UN report released last month said that more than 100,000 Gazans are still homeless and that 39 percent of the strip’s 1.8 million inhabitants live below the poverty line.

To mark the start of the war, MEE looks back at the some of our best coverage.

'Please don't shoot me': Evidence of a summary execution in Gaza

By Mohammed Omer - 10 August, 2014

Raghad Qudeh stands outside her uncle's home in Khuza'a where she says an Israeli soldier executed him on 25 July (MEE/Mohammed Omer)

Shocking testimonials emerged from a family in Khuza'a who insist that an Israeli soldier shot their relative point blank as he waved a white flag, tried to negotiate the exit of women and children from their homes.

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Israeli airstrikes destroy towering Gaza City apartment complex, sending families fleeing

By MEE staff - 25 August, 2014

The moving video looks at rare footage of a large-scale apartment block in Gaza City being hit and quickly collapsing. MEE talked to survivors, neighbours as well as friends and family of those killed or made destitute in the blast.

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Butchery in Rafah. The dead are kept in vegetable refrigerators

By Mohammed Omer - 2 August, 2014

Corpses of the dead stored in a vegetable refrigerator in Rafah (Twitter / @FoolowGaza)

Following a bout of particularly heavy Israeli bombing over Rafah in southern Gaza, local vegetable sellers and farmers were forced to keep the bodies of dead men, women and children in their refrigerators with the local hospitals either having to close or running out of space. MEE visited their homes to talk about the shocking realities of war.

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The empty streets of Israel's Sderot

By Brenda Stoter and Andrea DiCenzo – 9 July, 2014

MEE visited Sderot in southern Israel at the start of the war to find the streets largely deserted. Many people seemed scared for their homes and their safety, while others would venture to the hills to observe Israeli missiles pound Gaza mere kilometres away.

"It's not easy to live here. Not a day goes by that I don't think about what might happen to us. I think the Palestinians in Gaza feel the same way. They are poor, cannot get out of the area and are living under the rule of radicals,'' a local Israeli resident Chen told MEE.

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'Streets were full of martyrs' in Gaza's Shejaiya

By Ala Qandil – 20 July, 2014

A Palestinian killed during the latest round of Israeli attacks against Al Shaja'ia is seen under the rubble of a house (MEE / Anne Paq)

Shejaiya, an eastern suburb of Gaza city, played witness to some of the heaviest shelling since the beginning of the Israeli offensive. Those who escaped talked about “massacre” and "streets full of martyrs".

"We went to UNRWA schools, but they are full, they closed the gate, so we went to Shifa [hospital], but there was no place for us neither," a family of seven wandering in the streets of Gaza in search of shelter told MEE.

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