30 Jul 2010

Kite world record broken in Gaza

11:29 am on 30 July 2010

The United Nations says thousands of children in Gaza appear to have broken their own world record for the number of kites being flown simultaneously.

More than 6200 children taking part in a three week summer camp organised by the UN Relief and Works Agency gathered on a beach to fly a colourful kite each.

Gaza director John Ging said the achievement had lifted the spirits of the entire population of Gaza.

The BBC reports the latest attempt is still to be confirmed by Guinness World Records.

Last week more than 7,000 children in Gaza bounced basketballs simultaneously for five minutes, doubling the previous world record.

UNRWA runs schools and clinics and provides food aid for the one million registered refugees in Gaza - about two-thirds of the population.