Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit (c.) is escorted by members of Hamas and Egyptian mediators on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing on Oct.18. Mr. Shalit and hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel's borders in opposite directions as a thousand-for-one prisoner exchange brought joy to families but did little to ease decades of conflict.
More than half a year after a devastating conflict in Gaza, large sections of the Palestinian territory show little sign of a rebuilding effort, leaving tensions to build toward another war.
In a Gaza City neighborhood that saw some of the fiercest fighting in last summer's war, a children's center teaches free thinking, life skills, and ethics.
An Israeli promise to refrain from shelling most of Gaza today to allow for humanitarian aid was met by reports of airstrikes, setting off recriminations.