Yolande Knell meets Gazans working to restore utilities
15 August 2014 Last updated at 00:04 BST
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to extend their ceasefire by five days as Egypt-brokered talks continue in Cairo.
The temporary truce is giving citizens on both sides the chance to try to restore normal life.
Yolande Knell in Gaza reports for BBC Newsnight on the Palestinians trying to keep the lights on and the water running.