Twenty-two days of Israeli bombardment by land, sea and air left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead and 5,000 injured; approximately 4,000 homes destroyed and 17,000 others damaged; and entire neighborhoods wiped out. The attacks, which began on 27 December 2008, mostly ended on 18 January 2009 after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire.
The below photographs are a selection of images from the month of January 2009. “The month in pictures” is an ongoing feature by The Electronic Intifada. If you have images documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, or of solidarity with Palestine, please email images and captions to photos A T electronicintifada D O T net.
Palestinians inspect a house destroyed by Israel in the al-Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, 18 January. (Mohamed Al-Zanon/MaanImages)
Palestinians work on constructing new and repairing old smuggling tunnels along the border with Egpyt, damaged during the Israeli military operation, 22 January. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Jazeera hotel destroyed by Israel, 22 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Palestinian students in Rafah attend a class set up outside their school, which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, 25 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Palestinians attend the Friday noon prayer outside Gaza City’s al-Taqwa mosque, which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, 23 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on 18 January. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)
Palestinian supporters of Hamas take part in a rally celebrating “victory” over Israel, 20 January. (Mohamed Al-Zanon/MaanImages)
A Palestinian student inspects the rubble of the Khalil al-Nubani school destroyed by Israel in Gaza City, 24 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Human Rights Watch senior military analyst Marc Garlasco inspects remains of Israeli weapons used in the attacks on Gaza, 28 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media as he visits the still-smoldering UN headquarters in Gaza City, 20 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Palestinians in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip huddle around a fire next to their home destroyed during Israel’s 22 days of attacks on Gaza, 22 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Fishermen, able to return to work after Israel’s unilateral ceasefire but still inhibited by the siege, work near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea near Gaza City, 28 January. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
Doctors treat a wounded Palestinian boy following an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 29 January, days after the Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)
A Hamas security officer inspects the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City, 21 January. (Mohamed Al-Zanon/MaanImages)