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Gaza children protest Israeli siege

Jan. 22, 2015 10:34 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2015 10:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian children protested against the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip at the coastal enclave's port on Wednesday, hoping to highlight the effects of a blockade entering its eight year.

"We are here to remind the world to uphold its responsibilities and open the Rafah crossing to Gazans," Israa Khalil, one of the protesters, told Ma'an, noting that all six of the other border crossings connecting Gaza to the outside world are closed.

Khalil added that even Rafah is "constantly closed and is only open under what is called 'good intentions.'"

She also expressed her hopes that Gazan children would be able to live decent lives like children in other parts of the world.

The protest came as part of a series of rallies across the Gaza Strip designed to draw attention to the Israeli siege and how it has prevented the reconstruction of Gaza in the wake of Israel's 50-day summer war that destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

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