As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire, fishermen return to sea

Gazans take pride in their seafood, and the return of fishing buoyed hopes that the ceasefire will hold.

The Associated Press May 24, 2021 14:40:41 IST
As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire, fishermen return to sea
As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

The frenzied shouts of an auctioneer at Gaza City’s main fishing port brought a welcome reprieve from the din of gunfire and explosions as life begins slowly returning to normal following 11 days of hostilities between Hamas and Israel. | In the picture: Fisherman load a horse-drawn cart before delivering their haul to market in Gaza City, on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

Israeli security forces prevented fishermen from sailing during the conflict, but they began allowing a limited number of ships to set out beginning Saturday as Egyptian mediators worked to firm up a ceasefire that took effect on Friday, 21 May. | In the picture: Lots of seafood are organized on the ground as buyers browse the day's catch at auction in Gaza City, on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

Gazans take pride in their seafood, and the return of fishing buoyed hopes that the ceasefire will hold. | In the picture: A fisherman sorts crabs on deck before delivering the haul to market in Gaza City on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

After a night out on the water, fishermen unloaded their bounty of crabs, shrimp and other fish at first light on Sunday at Gaza City’s al-Mina port, where Hamas police were present to maintain order. | In the picture: A fisherman takes a drag of a cigarette as the day's haul is delivered to market in Gaza City, on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

Buyers were already waiting to make their bids on boxes of fish arrayed on the ground after being unloaded from the boats, where young boys working as deckhands assisted older men in sorting and washing their catch. The fish were then loaded onto horse-drawn carts for delivery to local markets. | In the picture: A fisherman climbs out of the hold as the boat's haul is sorted before delivery to market in Gaza City, on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

Meanwhile Sunday, hundreds of municipal workers and volunteers began clearing rubble from Gaza’s streets. The work began outside a high-rise building that was flattened by Israeli warplanes during the early days of airstrikes on Gaza, with workers loading rubble into donkey carts and small pickup trucks. | In the picture: A young fisherman helps load a horse-drawn cart before delivering the haul to market in Gaza City on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

As life begins to come back to normal in Gaza post ceasefire fishermen return to sea

The recent war saw Israel unleash hundreds of airstrikes across Gaza at what it said were Hamas militant targets. Hamas and other armed groups fired more than 4,000 rockets toward Israel, most of which were intercepted or landed in open areas. At least 243 Palestinians were killed, as were 12 people in Israel. | In the picture: A fisherman takes a drag from his cigarette while sorting shrimp on deck in Gaza City on Sunday, 23 May, 2021. Photo via The Associated Press/John Minchillo

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