The conflict in Gaza and Southern Israel may finally be coming to a halt, but eight days of violence have left behind a trail of destruction and death all too familiar to the region. This latest escalation, expertly covered by journalists and citizens alike, also left incredible images like never before. And while the photos of destruction may have been heartbreaking, they were stranger still over the last day or so: beyond negotiations over a ceasefire were the parallel stories of rocket attacks from both sides, of the tragic deaths of Palestinian children, of the brutal executions of suspected spies, and, then, of this morning's Tel Aviv bus bombing.
(Warning: some of the images contain dead bodies and may be disturbing to some.)
The rubble of destroyed government offices is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
"The crater left by bomb from an F-16 last night in a lot next to three hotels packed with journalists." (Abigail Hauslohner/The Washington Post)
Shoes and burnt debris in a house damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip after it hit in a community in Be'er Tuvia Regional Council, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip towards Israel is about to explode inside the Gaza Strip as seen from the border between Gaza strip and Southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A man carries the body of nine-year-old Mohammed Ashour ahead of his funeral in the Gaza Strip November 21, 2012. Ashour's family said he was killed on Tuesday near his house by an Israeli air strike. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
Israeli soltiers clean the barrel of a 155 mm mobile artillery near the northern Gaza border November 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)
Israeli police officers examine a destroyed bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City November 20, 2012. Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who "were caught red-handed", according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Smoke and a ball of fire are seen after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)\
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