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Fri 31 Jul 2009 09:52 AM

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Gaza kids seek kite world record in uplifting moment

More than 6,000 boys, girls gather in northern Gaza to fly more than 3,000 kites.

Thousands of children in the Gaza Strip on Thursday sought to break the world record for kite flying in a rare moment of respite from the war-battered enclave's daily life.

More than 6,000 boys and girls gathered on a sandy beach in northern Gaza to fly more than 3,000 kites, according to the officials of the UN agency that organised the event.

If the figure is confirmed by Guinness the event will hold the new record for the highest number of kites flown simultaneously -- the previous high of 710 kites was reached in northern Germany last year.

The colourful kites were built as part of activities at the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) summer camps which hosted more than 240,000 children this year.

"Half of Gaza's population are children, these children are world class. Today they are going to break the world record of the number of kites flown," said John Ging, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza.

UN officials said Guinness did not send an adjudicator because of the security situation in Gaza and that the new record has to be confirmed by the organisation.

Many of the children in the Hamas-ruled territory still bear psychological scars from Israel's devastating January offensive where some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including more than 300 children.

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The Don 11 years ago

Peaceful salute to Gaza and its children who are suffering from the unfair, unjust, and illegal siege. These 3000 kites are 3000 thousands 3000 loud messages for freedom. Freedom to Gaza children.

elizabeth morley 11 years ago

For a brief moment one forgets that not so long ago the air above gaza was resounding not with happy childrens voices but with planes and terrifying bombs. When will the hard hearts melt?