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Gaza kids break world kite-flying record

July 30, 2011 

Thousands of Gazan schoolchildren participating in the UN summer camps in the Gaza Strip break the world record for simultaneous kite-flying, an official says.

Some 8,000 kids taking part in the summer programs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) got together at a beach in the north of the coastal sliver on Thursday and flew 4,000 kites, dpa reported.

Chris Guness, UNRWA spokesman, said the kites were hand-made by Gaza kids, and were not imported.

The flying kites bore the four major colors of the Palestinian flag, with slogans calling on Israel to lift the over-four-year-old blockade on the impoverished territory.

Israel imposed a strict economic siege on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after the democratically-elected Hamas took over the administration of the enclave.

The kids also demanded Tel Aviv to let them live in peace and security during the record-setting event which marked the end of the five-week UNRWA summer camp program.

On Monday UNRWA stated that more than 80 percent of households in the sliver rely on food assistance from charity organizations like Cooperation Without Borders Association.

Israel denies people in Gaza their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

(Source: Press TV)