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(photo credit: REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Israel Picture Servi)
A group of men early Thursday morning vandalized the UNRWA facility in the Gaza
Strip where, in the afternoon, thousands of children apparently set a world
record for the largest kite-flying event in history.
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No one was injured
in the attack, although part of the facility was set on fire and a United
Nations flag was burned, the WAFA news agency reported.
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Organized by the
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), the kite fliers
tried to launch 15,000 kites along the shores of the Mediterranean. They hoped
to break the world record set by China in April when kite enthusiasts in
Shandong province flew 10,465 kites.
“Taking on the might of China is a
daunting feat for the children of Gaza,” Christer Nordahl, UNRWA acting director
in Gaza, said earlier in the day. “I have no doubt that the kids of Gaza will
smash this record and achieve world record glory.”
“The stage is set for
another dramatic piece of world record mega-theater,” said Chris Gunness, the
“The kites will provide another iconic reminder of the
beauty and potential of these children, despite the injustices they face,”
This summer, UNRWA summer camps already broke world records
for the most people flying parachutes from the ground, dribbling soccer balls
simultaneously and producing the world’s largest ever handprint
painting.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.