UNRWA: Gaza children set kite-flying record

July 28, 2011 23:19

GAZA - Some 15,000 children flew kites over the Gaza Strip on Thursday, claiming a new world record for most kites flown simultaneously and raising cheers in the Palestinian enclave that is more used to poverty and conflict.

The launch on a golden beach within view of an imposing Israeli power station across the border took place despite overnight vandalism of facilities set up by a UN humanitarian agency.

Chris Gunness, the spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said verifiers had so far tallied at least 13,000 kites were flown and the final figure would be published on Friday.

"The children broke the record today, it was absolutely beautiful," said Julia Hurley, one of a group of visitors to the Gaza Strip who had come to verify the record.

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