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Thousands of Gaza kids break world record for kite flying

07-30-2010 11:20 BJT

GAZA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of children in the Hamas- ruled Gaza Strip flew simultaneously thousands of kites, entering the Guinness Book of Records as they succeeded to fly the biggest number of kites in one place.

The event was organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in an attempt to provide the children of the impoverished territory with some solace and entertainment on the summer holiday.

The Guinness organization did not assign an arbitrator to the even where colorful hand-made kites were flown from a former Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya.

"The kids succeeded in flying 7202 paper kites that they made themselves," UNRWA's chief in Gaza, John Ging told a press conference in the location of the event.

In July 2009, thousands of Gaza kids managed to fly 3200 kites in the same location. This year's record is the highest in the world.

"I'm very proud of these kids," Ging added. "They need to live like the other kids of the world."

The UNRWA announced last week that more than 7,000 Palestinian children to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as they, at the same time, dribbled basket balls for five minutes.

The event was organized in the destroyed airport near Rafah City, south of the Gaza Strip.

Breaking world records is part of the UNRWA's summer games programs that serve at least 250,000 children from Gaza.

UNRWA is a UN body that provides Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan with health care, education and food supplies.

The kites carried slogans calling for lifting the siege of the Gaza Strip as symbolic expression of the kids feelings to live under such conditions.

The Gaza Strip has been placed under tight blockade since the Islamic Hamas movement, one of Israel's bitter enemies, grabbed hold of the territory violently in 2007.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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