Gaza : Second Anniversary of the devastating invasion of the coastal enclave

Published December 28th, 2010 - 09:19 GMT

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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday marked two years since Israel's devastating invasion of the coastal enclave at a time of renewed high tensions with the Jewish state.

In Jabaliya, just north of Gaza City, about 1,000 people attended a rally organised by the Islamic Jihad movement to commemorate the start of Israel's Operation Cast Lead, chanting for "resistance" against Israel.

The Islamist Hamas movement which rules the Gaza Strip put on a musical and theatrical performance at Gaza City's main cultural centre.

"There were 366 sons of the police and security services martyred in the conflict," said Hamas interior ministry spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein, adding 70 percent of police stations destroyed in the conflict had been rebuilt. Continue reading below »

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Islamic Jihad supporters walk at the USA and Israeli flag during a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.
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Islamic Jihad supporters protest as they mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.
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Palestinian children take part in a protest to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive, in which over 1000 people were killed, in Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza.
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No for killing innocent children sign, held by Palestinian children who took a part in protesting against the invasion of Gaza two years ago.
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Around a hundred pacifist and leftist Israelis, holding up placards against the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza since 2007, demonstrate outside the Jewish state's ministry of defense in Tel Aviv.
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Armed Palestinians are seen giving a press conference to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.
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Members of a displaced Palestinian family sit outside their tent.
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A displaced Palestinian woman carries her child outside their tent, in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip.
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11A displaced Palestinian woman carries her child outside their tent, in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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Children of a displaced Palestinian family are reflected on their ten as they play outside on in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip two years ago.
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Islamic Jihad supporters walk at the USA and Israeli flag during a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Image 1 of 11Islamic Jihad supporters walk at the USA and Israeli flag during a demonstration to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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Islamic Jihad supporters protest as they mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Image 2 of 11Islamic Jihad supporters protest as they mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian children take part in a protest to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive, in which over 1000 people were killed, in Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza.

Image 3 of 11Palestinian children take part in a protest to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive, in which over 1000 people were killed, in Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza.

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No for killing innocent children sign, held by Palestinian children who took a part in protesting against the invasion of Gaza two years ago.

Image 4 of 11No for killing innocent children sign, held by Palestinian children who took a part in protesting against the invasion of Gaza two years ago.

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Around a hundred pacifist and leftist Israelis, holding up placards against the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza since 2007, demonstrate outside the Jewish state's ministry of defense in Tel Aviv.

Image 5 of 11Around a hundred pacifist and leftist Israelis, holding up placards against the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza since 2007, demonstrate outside the Jewish state's ministry of defense in Tel Aviv.

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Armed Palestinians are seen giving a press conference to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Image 6 of 11Armed Palestinians are seen giving a press conference to mark the second anniversary of Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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Armed Palestinians are seen following a press conference.

Image 7 of 11Armed Palestinians are seen following a press conference.

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Members of a displaced Palestinian family sit outside their tent.

Image 8 of 11Members of a displaced Palestinian family sit outside their tent.

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A displaced Palestinian woman carries her child outside their tent, in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Image 9 of 11A displaced Palestinian woman carries her child outside their tent, in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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Children of a displaced Palestinian family are reflected on their ten as they play outside on in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip two years ago.

Image 10 of 11Children of a displaced Palestinian family are reflected on their ten as they play outside on in the Ezbet Abed Rabbo area, that was heavily destroyed during Israel's 22-day offensive on the Gaza Strip two years ago.

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Members of a displaced Palestinian family sit outside their tent.

Image 11 of 11Members of a displaced Palestinian family sit outside their tent.

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Hamas said it would also plant 1,440 seedlings in northern Gaza, one for every Palestinian the group said was killed during the 22-day invasion Israel launched on December 27, 2008.

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