Palestinian girl Manar al-Shinbari at the ruins of her house that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during the war in Gaza.
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Although the fighting stopped more than four months ago, reconstruction has yet to begin in earnest for a variety of reasons, including delays caused by the conditions of Israel's blockade on the territory.Last week, a winter storm battered the region, leaving three infants dead and thousands of families suffering from the gale force winds, torrential rain and freezing conditions.Spain Jan. 1 began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council where the Palestinians tried and failed to have a resolution passed late last year calling to set an end date for the Israeli occupation.
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