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In pictures: In Gaza, a church becomes a sanctuary

The Greek Orthodox St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City has opened its doors to Muslim residents seeking refuge from Israeli bombardment

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Palestinian boys play on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians.

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Palestinian men examine a mosque destroyed in an Israeli airstrike the night before in Gaza City, July 23, 2014. Israel has worked to draw attention to what it calls Hamas' use of human shields, but while militants indisputably are operating in Gaza's civilian areas, there is no evidence they force civilians to stay in places under attack.

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A Palestinian boy walks through the rubble near a mosque destroyed in an Israeli airstrike the night before in Gaza City, July 23, 2014.

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A Palestinian family sits inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City where many Palestinians have sought refuge from the war, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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Palestinians start their day on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City where many Palestinians have sought refuge from the war, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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Palestinian children play on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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A boy walks past sleeping men inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes.

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Palestinians take shelter inside the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church.

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An Itfar meal belonging to a Palestinian Muslim family is photographed before they break their fast, on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Iftar is a social event as much as it is a gastronomical adventure for Muslims worldwide. Under normal circumstances, the celebratory meals give people reason to reconnect with friends and family, and gather around shared platters of food.

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Malak Hijazi, 5, has her hair combed by her mother Gaza, as they begin their day on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians, some of the more than 140,000 who have fled their homes, according to the UN.

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Palestinians pass time on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Entire families are sleeping on thin sheets on the hard church floors, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Palestinians sit on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. St. Porphyrios Church has thrown its doors open to hundreds of displaced Palestinians.

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Palestinian boys pose for pictures as they play on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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Farha Salameh, sitting under a bell, holds her baby on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

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