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Saturday 20th September 2014
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Palestinians Hit The Beach During Gaza Ceasefire

Saturday, 30th August 2014 11:49

Palestinian families have been enjoying a trip to the beach as life in Gaza slowly returns to normal after nearly two months of war.

As temperatures reached 32C on Friday, children could be seen building sandcastles and splashing about in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza City.

Last month, the same beach was the scene of a deadly Israeli attack when four cousins aged nine to 11 were killed as they played football.

Gaza's health ministry described the attack as "cowardly" at the time, while the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said the deaths were a "tragic outcome" of a strike aimed at Hamas.

"I am telling you, we are living now a new life. Thank God we are back to life. We were dead," said Reyad Ajooz, sitting in the shade on the beach.

"You know what it means to be dead? We really were dead, but thank God we are here and we hope the ceasefire will continue."

Another resident, Maha, said: "It is the first time after 51 days of war that we have come to the sea.

"It is good for our children to forget the sound of rockets and the sound of shelling.

"Seriously, we were living difficult and scary days. Thank god we came here and our children can live a normal life like any other children in the world."