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Photos: The 5-month mark passes as the humanitarian crisis grows in Gaza

Palestinian children carry banners during a march demanding an end to the war and an end to the famine that citizens suffer from due to the war on Wednesday, March 6, in Rafah, Gaza.
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Palestinian children carry banners during a march demanding an end to the war and an end to the famine that citizens suffer from due to the war on Wednesday, March 6, in Rafah, Gaza.

This past week, the five-month mark since the Oct. 7 attacks passed as hopes for a cease-fire deal diminished. Sweden and Canada announced they plan toresume funding the U.N. agency aiding Palestinians. President Biden announced on Thursday that the U.S. military would begin establishing a temporary port on the coast of Gaza that would allow ships to deliver food, water, medicine and temporary shelters to the territory.

Ramadan began Sunday night, the holiday consists of fasting, prayer, charity and feasts. This year, it takes on a different meaning, considering the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Gaza.

Here's a look at what photojournalists documented on the ground saw last week:

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A Palestinian artisan makes traditional "fanous" lanterns as Muslim devotees prepare for the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rafah on Wednesday, March 6.
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A Palestinian artisan makes traditional "fanous" lanterns as Muslim devotees prepare for the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Rafah on Wednesday, March 6.
An apartment building in Gaza seen Saturday, March 9.
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An apartment building in Gaza seen Saturday, March 9.
A nurse cares for babies at the premature ward of the Emirati Hospital in Rafah, in southern Gaza, on Friday, March 8. Sixteen premature babies have died of malnutrition-related causes over the past five weeks at the hospital.
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A nurse cares for babies at the premature ward of the Emirati Hospital in Rafah, in southern Gaza, on Friday, March 8. Sixteen premature babies have died of malnutrition-related causes over the past five weeks at the hospital.
People gather at Israel's Nitzana border crossing with Egypt in southern Israel on Tuesday, March 5, protesting against the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip until all of the hostages being held by Hamas have been released.
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People gather at Israel's Nitzana border crossing with Egypt in southern Israel on Tuesday, March 5, protesting against the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip until all of the hostages being held by Hamas have been released.
A Palestinian carries some of his belongings on Thursday, March 7, as he walks by buildings destroyed in Israeli bombing after returning briefly to Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, to check on what remains of his home.
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A Palestinian carries some of his belongings on Thursday, March 7, as he walks by buildings destroyed in Israeli bombing after returning briefly to Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, to check on what remains of his home.
People participate in the 13th annual International Jerusalem Marathon on Friday, March 8, in Jerusalem. Many participants this year wore shirts and ran with signs raising awareness for the hostages kidnapped on Oct. 7 by Hamas and still being held in Gaza.
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People participate in the 13th annual International Jerusalem Marathon on Friday, March 8, in Jerusalem. Many participants this year wore shirts and ran with signs raising awareness for the hostages kidnapped on Oct. 7 by Hamas and still being held in Gaza.
The bodies of Palestinians killed during the war were buried in a mass grave and the Gaza Ministry of Health said 47 bodies were confiscated by Israeli forces and delivered through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing on Thursday, March 7, in Rafah.
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The bodies of Palestinians killed during the war were buried in a mass grave and the Gaza Ministry of Health said 47 bodies were confiscated by Israeli forces and delivered through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing on Thursday, March 7, in Rafah.
Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on Monday, March 4.
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Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on Monday, March 4.
Smoke rises from an air strike on Gaza as seen from Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, March 7.
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Smoke rises from an air strike on Gaza as seen from Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, March 7.
Displaced Palestinians look out from a bus window in Rafah on Saturday, March 9.
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Displaced Palestinians look out from a bus window in Rafah on Saturday, March 9.
A woman holds up a sign for a hostage held captive by Hamas in Gaza as she stands next to Israeli soldiers at Israel's Nitzana border crossing with Egypt in southern Israel on Tuesday, March 5, where the group protests the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza until all of the hostages being held by Hamas militants have been released.
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A woman holds up a sign for a hostage held captive by Hamas in Gaza as she stands next to Israeli soldiers at Israel's Nitzana border crossing with Egypt in southern Israel on Tuesday, March 5, where the group protests the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza until all of the hostages being held by Hamas militants have been released.
A woman looks through the remnants of an apartment building in Gaza on Saturday, March 9.
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A woman looks through the remnants of an apartment building in Gaza on Saturday, March 9.
Humanitarian aid falls from planes over northern Gaza as seen from Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on March 7.
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Humanitarian aid falls from planes over northern Gaza as seen from Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on March 7.
Activists from "Standing Together" set out in a convoy, including a large truck carrying donated dried goods and cans, with the goal of delivering aid directly to Gaza on Thursday, March 7.
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Activists from "Standing Together" set out in a convoy, including a large truck carrying donated dried goods and cans, with the goal of delivering aid directly to Gaza on Thursday, March 7.
Israeli soldiers mourn during a funeral for Israeli Staff Sgt. David Sasson in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday, March 7.
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Israeli soldiers mourn during a funeral for Israeli Staff Sgt. David Sasson in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday, March 7.
Displaced Palestinians gather to receive food at a donation point in Rafah on Thursday, March 7.
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Displaced Palestinians gather to receive food at a donation point in Rafah on Thursday, March 7.
An armed and masked member of the so-called "Popular Committees of Protection" patrols the streets of Rafah on Wednesday, March 6.
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An armed and masked member of the so-called "Popular Committees of Protection" patrols the streets of Rafah on Wednesday, March 6.
Activists from "Standing Together" set out in a convoy, including a large truck carrying donated dried goods and cans, with the goal of delivering aid directly to Gaza on Thursday, March 7.
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Maya Levin for NPR
Activists from "Standing Together" set out in a convoy, including a large truck carrying donated dried goods and cans, with the goal of delivering aid directly to Gaza on Thursday, March 7.
Israeli soldiers carry the casket Israeli Staff Sgt. David Sasson as mourners gather during his funeral in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday, March 7.
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Israeli soldiers carry the casket Israeli Staff Sgt. David Sasson as mourners gather during his funeral in Netanya, Israel, on Thursday, March 7.
An Israeli soldier sits on a hill on Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, March 7.
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An Israeli soldier sits on a hill on Israel's southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, March 7.

NPR Staff