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Gaza kids break second world record in week

July 30, 2010 9:33 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 4, 2010 11:10 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - For the second year in a row, Gaza children at the UNRWA Summer Games smashed a world record, flying 7,202 kites in the sky simultaneously on Thursday.

Gathering on Gaza Beach, the children launched their kites one by one with the help of UNRWA staff, breaking their own world record, set the summer earlier with some 3,000 kites in the air together.

A delighted UNRWA Gaza Director John Ging said, “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.”

The first world record of the week was set the week earlier in Gaza City, when over 7,200 children bounced 6,000 basketballs simultaneously for five minutes. The official world record approval from Guinness Book is pending.

“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."

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