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In pictures: Gazans relax on beaches as they seek normalcy

Though Palestinians are weary of a lasting peace, Gazans have attempted to rebuild their lives
A Palestinian man smokes shisha on the beach (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

The violence of the previous weeks which claimed over 2140 lives is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon.

But the Palestinians of Gaza will attempt to rebuild a semblance of a normal life, while always awaiting a possible reversion to fighting and bombardment.

The beaches of Gaza have been blighted by a lack of clean water and pollution, as well as an Israeli blockade that attacks ships that venture too far out from the coast.

Nevertheless, in this period of relative calm, the people of Gaza venture out to sands to try and unwind and keep the horrors of bombings and the need for long-term rebuilding from their minds.