Both Israeli forces and Hamas fighters have called a ceasefire and let's all hope that it can last. But the scale of the carnage is so high it is difficult to see where reconstruction is to begin, let alone how the psychological wounds can be healed.
This bombardment and invasion has scarred a generation and levelled the infrastructure of Gaza. Israel's claims to be targeting military targets were flimsy lies from the very start when they targeted a traffic police graduation ceremony. One in three of the dead are children.
It looks like they've succeeded in closing down the tunnels that were flouting the blockade bringing in food, medicines and other goods that would not have been available had those tunnels not existed. Israel's objectives of collective punishment on the people of Gaza have been met. The immiseration of the Gazans is complete and what's left of Hamas and the state are left to pick up the pieces under the glare of international censure.