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Ceasfire allows Gaza families to relax on the beach

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2014-08-30

As life in Gaza slowly gets back to normal, families enjoyed something they were unable to do during the Israel-Gaza war: spend a day on the very beach where four children were killed during the conflict.

With temperatures reaching 32°C, the Friday holiday was spent by children splashing in the water, under the watchful eyes of their mothers.

A rocket launched by an Israeli ship killed four children on the same beach during the war, and the tension of the past few months was on everyone's mind.

"I am telling you, we are living now a new life. Thank God we are back to life. We were dead," said Reyad Ajooz, as he smoked his water pipe on the beach.

More than 2,200 people were killed and 11,000 wounded in the Gaza-Israel war, according to Palestinian health officials. The United Nations estimates that 17,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed, leaving 100,000 people homeless.
Seventy one people were killed on the Israeli side, including six civilians.

(AP)

Date created : 2014-08-30

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