A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force on Saturday, with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 76 bodies from the rubble of Gaza inhomes.
The bodies were retrieved in the first few hours of the "humanitarian" truce that came into effect at 05:00 GMT as top diplomats gathered in Paris to press efforts for a longer-term ceasefire.
They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. 
Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead.
Soon after the fragile ceasefire took effect, Palestinians ventured out into the streets of Gaza, with many returning to areas that had been too dangerous to enter for days.
 
Bodies in the streets
In northern Beit Hanun, southern Khan Yunis and eastern Shejaiya and Zaitun, they found scenes of utter destruction, with homes flattened and bodies lying in the streets and under rubble.
In Beit Hanun even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling, and AFP correspondents came across the charred body of a paramedic as emergency workers combed the debris for more dead.
Trails of blood on the ground were crossed by Israeli tank tracks, and there were holes where it appeared Israeli forces had been searching for Hamas tunnels.
Palestinian television showed footage of similar scenes in Shejaiya, which has been subjected to days of relentless Israeli tank fire.
Stiff bodies lay on the floor of a room in one building, one caked in dried blood, all of them covered in dust.
Emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said the three hours into the truce, rescue workers recovered 13 bodies in Shejaiya in eastern Gaza City, 13 more in Deir al-Balah and Nusseirat in central Gaza, and nine in north Gaza.
 
– AFP