Palestinian kids break own kites record in ruined Gaza / PHOTO

Thousands of Palestinian refugee kids broke their own world record for second time, freeing the number of colorful kites flown simultaneously.

Palestinian kids break own kites record in ruined Gaza / PHOTO

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of Palestinian refugee kids on Thursday broke their own world record for second time, freeing the number of colorful kites flown simultaneously.

7,202 children flew colourful kites at a sprawling sandy beach, unofficially doubling the previous record in the event organized by the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) one week after 7,203 Gaza refugee children set a new world record for dribbling basketballs.

A delighted UNRWA Gaza Director, John Ging said on website, “We still have to await final confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records, but according to our figures the kids have done it, what an amazing achievement, two world records in a week.”

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“Like children anywhere in the world”, said Ging, “Children here must have a sense of normality, despite the abnormality they face in their daily lives, today’s achievement has lifted the spirits of the entire population here in Gaza . "

I ask all our supporters out there to go to our blog and leave messages of congratulation and encouragement at www.facebook.com/unrwa.", he added. 

The figure far surpassed the previous mass kite-flying record of 3,000 which was set last year by the Palestinian children in the Gaza.

One of the kites flown bore the name of Catherine Ashton, the European Union Chief of Foreign Policy, who visited the Gaza Strip last week. The kite was sent to greet her for her solidarity with Gaza.

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UNRWA Operations Chief John Ging told the children that they have to wait for an official confirmation from the Guinness Book of Records "because the initial information we have is that you managed in getting into the book."

"It's an amazing achievement to break two world records in one week," said Ging, referring to last Thursday's participation of the children in dribbling thousands of basketballs.

"Gaza children are like other children in the world, they have a feeling of living a normal life despite the anomalous situation that they face in their daily lives," Ging said.

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UN officials said Guinness did not send an adjudicator because of general government travel warnings on Gaza and it still has to confirm the new record.

Many of the children in the Gaza Strip still bear psychological scars from Israel's devastating January 2009 offensive, in which more than 1434 Palestinians were killed, s third of them were children.

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Rima Zayed, 14, said the event helped her forget the "tough days" of the war, when her family was homeless for several months. "At least today we can enjoy our freedom," she said.

Launching a massive land, see and air offensive on Dec. 27, 2009, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.

Israel also destroyed UNCHR facilities during the war.
 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2010, 13:30
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