Just minutes after a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinian groups began Tuesday evening, hundreds of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza City to celebrate what was being touted as a victory.
Meanwhile, Israeli leaders praised the success of the military operation and the resilience of their people, particularly those living in the south of the country who were subjected to a barrage of rockets from Gaza.
Now for the inevitable question: What, if anything, has changed on the ground for either side as a result of the war?
After the Truce: Gaza Conflict 101
More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed during seven weeks of fighting, some 11,000 injured and 10,000 buildings damaged. Meanwhile, 69 Israelis died — 65 of them soldiers. This is the highest fatality rate since Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Seven weeks ago, Israel said it was going after Hamas’ ability to fire rockets. Some called on the army to completely destroy Hamas, the militant group that runs the enclave.
Neither goal was realized.
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