Here's an interesting insight from a blogger who's on the ground in the Gaza Strip:
By the time we got there all the furniture, including the toilets and bathtubs were long gone and swarms of Palestinians, young and old, were digging into the house’s infrastructure, ripping out electrical wiring from the walls, tearing out ceramic tiles from the bathroom, and ripping up the marble flooring. They were hammering out door frames, pulling wooden slats off the roof, carting out handfuls of spanish roofing tiles, and digging up the garden plants. Looters were uprooting 25 foot tall palm trees.
The boy digging up the tree paused and turned to us. “He lives like a king, and we have nothing to eat,” he said, before returning to his work.
At the fallen security compounds, Palestinians gathered around to curiously see Hamas’ new power. A 14 year old boy was banging down a Fatah flag hanging on an electrical pole.
"Fatah is in hell. They’ve fled to Israel. Fatah are cowards,” he said. “I will tear up this flag. We hate them because they are collaborators with the Jews.”