Football training gives Gazan children respite from war

Chan Yunis (AFP) – Shouting and screaming with glee and frustration, Gazan boys kick footballs around with their bare feet. Gaza has been ravaged by eight months of war triggered by the unprecedented October 7 attack on southern Israel by Palestinian militants from Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures. Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at least 36,550 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.


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