Ibrahim Mohammad al-Toum, 85, poses in his home that he says has been bombed three times in six years by the Israeli army, in Gaza City, August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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Palestinian Ibrahim Mohammad al-Toum, 85, sleeps on the floor on a thin mattress in a Gaza schoolroom, displaced for the third time in six years.This is despite a higher death toll – 1,938 Palestinians and 67 Israelis – than in past Gaza clashes.Local rights activists say the monthlong conflict has displaced around 520,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and at least half of them, like Toum and his family, have been staying in United Nations refugee camps in schools.Toum is not sure how he will repair his house again.When the fighting began, Toum traveled to the U.N. camp in the school on a donkey cart with members of his family, taking only two mattresses and a coarse gray blanket, which four of them would later share.Then back to Tawam, and they had destroyed my home," he said, starting to cry quietly.He was given 4,000 euros from the United Nations to rebuild the house but four years later it was bombed for a second time.
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