More than 1,000 Palestinians have now died in the 19-day Gaza conflict as scores of bodies were pulled from rubble during a tense 12-hour ceasefire.

The dead included 18 members of the same family who were reportedly killed by Israeli tank shelling moments before the truce began this morning.

As the guns and bombs fell silent and Israeli soldiers reloaded tank ammunition, thousands of residents returned to survey the damage and watch rescue workers retrieve bodies from under collapsed buildings.

Neighbours of the Al-Najar family, which the Health Ministry said had been trapped inside their house in Khuzaa village east of Khan Younis since Thursday, watched as rescue workers removed bodies from the rubble of their home using a mechanical digger.

At least 85 bodies of Palestinians were pulled from the rubble in the hours after today’s humanitarian ‘pause’ was declared.

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