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Gazans gather bodies, survey carnage

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Palestinians look over the damage to buildings in Gaza following weeks of war with Israel. (Source: CBS) Palestinians look over the damage to buildings in Gaza following weeks of war with Israel. (Source: CBS)

KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA STRIP (CBS) - A new cease-fire between Israel and the militant Hamas group appeared to be holding in the Gaza Strip on Monday, a day after the two sides agreed to resume talks in Cairo.

Fighting continued late on Sunday, before the cease-fire went into effect with a mosque destroyed in an Israeli airstrike.

Kamal al-Ansary, a mosque muezzin, or official who calls faithful to prayer, said, "They are fighting our religion. This is not the first or the last mosque to be demolished. Every day they are destroying five or six mosques. If a church in Israel or in any place in the world or even in an Arab country had a stone destroyed, this will not be accepted at all. But they are destroying our mosques because they want to destroy our religion but the religion exists and we will keep praying even at the rubble and will continue praying no matter what," the elderly bearded man said.

Israel says Hamas militants use civilian infrastructure, including mosques, schools and hospitals as cover for its operations and weapons.

On Monday morning local residents were surveying the damage to their mosque in the town of Khan Younis. And gathering bodies for the morgue. 

Meanwhile three Palestinians were killed on Sunday evening when the motorcycle they were travelling on was struck by Israel.

Elsewhere, Gazans displaced by the fighting were beginning to return home.

At a U.N. school in Gaza City, where many were seeking shelter, people packed up their belongings.

The Israeli military said no rockets were fired at Israel overnight and that it hadn't targeted any locations in Gaza since the cease-fire went into effect.

The quiet allows for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in Gaza that has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, most civilians.

On the Israeli side, 67 people have died, all but three of them soldiers.

Enshirah al-Attar, who was displaced in the conflict said that the current cease-fire was not enough.

"We want a complete cease-fire. We don't accept a two or three-day truce. We want to go back to our homes. We want to end this situation and live a comfortable life," she said, wrapped in a pike headscarf. 

Palestinian negotiators are pressing for an end to the crippling Gaza blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel, while Israel wants all Gaza militants to be disarmed, insisting that anything short of that will expose Israelis to militant attacks.

Israeli tanks sat silent as the cease-fire endured on Monday.

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