Gazans yearn for peace amid the destruction

Gazans yearn for peace amid the destruction

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Residents of Gaza look over damage following an Israeli airstrike.  (Source: CNN) Residents of Gaza look over damage following an Israeli airstrike. (Source: CNN)
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GAZA (CNN) - Israel says Hamas militants in Gaza never stopped firing rockets during an attempted cease-fire proposed by Egypt.

Israel unilaterally stopped its airstrikes on Gaza, but resumed them after six hours.

A Hamas spokesman says the group rejected the cease-fire because it didn't go far enough.

He says Palestinians don't want just an end to Israeli attacks, but also an end to daily injustices.

Ordinary Gazans were hopeful that the Egyptian mediation would lead to a cease-fire.

But on Tuesday those hopes for a cease-fire were quickly dashed.

The Aziz family is taking away what they can.

The apartment above them was hit at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Their home was destroyed as well.

Just four hours before an Egyptian sponsored cease-fire was supposed to go into effect.

Farida was asked whether she wanted a cease-fire or an escalation.

"We hope," she says, "For a cease-fire and peace."

By the time we got to their house any hopes for a cease-fire had collapsed. Israeli airstrikes were back on.

A strike could be seen from the kitchen window. Rockets went out from Gaza all morning long. People want a cease-fire and they want calm. But at this point it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Israel announced it would abide by the cease-fire.

Hamas said no.

Throughout Tuesday morning and into the afternoon rockets roared toward Israel.

The prospect of renewed conflict dashing hopes.

Mustafa once worked in Israel.

"I'm not happy to see Israeli children hurt," he says. "I have grandchildren. I don't want them to be hurt. We want to live."

In the market of the Shati refugee camp, the sound of a distant explosion elicits cheers and then it's back to business.

Abu Ashraf, 65, has seen wars a plenty in his time.

What Gaza needs now, he says, is a solution.

“We need peace. But we don't want to still in jail. We are in jail here. Big jail. We are not free. I like to be free, like the other people. Like Swedish, Norwegian, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, like these people. Canada. Why not? We are people you know," he said. 

For now, though, Gaza's future may be one of more war, and more destruction.

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