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Boys learn combat skills at Hamas-run summer camp

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Palestinian boys perform exercises at a summer camp run by Palestinian Islamic organization Hamas near the border between Gaza and Egypt in Rafah, Gaza Strip, June12, 2013.

ANSAmed: GAZA - As schools close for the summer in Gaza, children from age six to 16 are taking part in recreation camps organised by both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements in a paramilitary style.

At the camps, the children receive arms made of wood and take part in exercises which simulate combat. In several cases they are called upon to crawl under barbed wire and demonstrate their courage avoiding fire.

In one recent case they simulated an attack on a small Israeli fort. Continue reading.

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Hamas camps for children and youths in the Gaza Strip start in June every year. Hamas teach the children athletic games, scouts activities, reading, hunting, basic military exercises, as well as providing religion classes.

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Palestinian boys listen to an instructor demonstrating how to use an assault rifle.

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Palestinian boys, pictured through a canvas which provides shade to Hamas camp instructors, perform exercises at the camp.

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