Gazans take to the streets to stock up on food and supplies during a humanitarian truce requested by the U.N and agreed upon by Israel and Hamas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Palestinians rushed to shops and banks in Gaza on Thursday (July 17) as a five-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas came into force.
The break in 10 days of fighting was requested by the United Nations to allow residents of the Gaza strip, ruled by the Hamas group viewed by Israel as terrorists, to gather supplies and repair damaged infrastructure.
On Thursday, Gaza roads which had been almost deserted over days of conflict were once again filled again with traffic.
Hundreds lined up outside banks to collect salaries paid directly into their accounts.
During the ceasefire, air raid sirens went off briefly in southern Israel and the military said three mortars landed in open areas. No group in Gaza claimed responsibility for the mortar fire and there were no reports of Israeli retaliation.
At least 224 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting, Gaza health officials say. In Israel, one civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza, where the Israeli military says more than 1,300 rockets have been launched into the Jewish state in strikes that have made a race to shelters a routine for hundreds of thousands of people.
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