Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a Democracy Now! correspondent and a Puffin Fellow at The Nation Institute.
Seven people are dead and more than 670 were injured in the violence, as several officials resign in protest.
Civilians pay the heaviest toll in Gaza, and when the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas put an end to the violence, thousands took to the street to celebrate.
Despite the brutal last hours of the barrage, Gazans are celebrating the cease-fire as a victory.