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Palestinian school boys scramble and push to buy sweets at a small kiosk inside the grounds of the United Nations elementary school in Beit Lahiya on the first day the students returned to classes since the outbreak of the Israeli offensive against Hamas that began almost one month ago, 24 January 2009. The boys a short while later left the grounds and Palestinians girls came in to begin their school day at about noon. Tens of thousands of Palestinians returned to schools throughout the Gaza Strip today as the cease-fires prevail and it remains quiet.  APAIMAGES PHOTO / Ashraf Amra
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