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'Gaza skate team' hits the streets

Members of Gaza Skating Team cast shadows as they practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8, 2019. Calling themselves the "Gaza skate team," a group of about 20 youths hold weekly training sessions overseen by two coaches, who watch videos on the internet to improve their skating skills. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team cast shadows as they practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8, 2019. Calling themselves the "Gaza skate team," a group of about 20 youths hold weekly training sessions overseen...more

Members of Gaza Skating Team cast shadows as they practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8, 2019. Calling themselves the "Gaza skate team," a group of about 20 youths hold weekly training sessions overseen by two coaches, who watch videos on the internet to improve their skating skills. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, puts on his rollerblades in his family house in Gaza City March 18. Skating equipment is hard to come by in Gaza, where poverty runs deep and Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain tight restrictions along the border. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, puts on his rollerblades in his family house in Gaza City March 18. Skating equipment is hard to come by in Gaza, where poverty runs deep and Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns,...more

Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, puts on his rollerblades in his family house in Gaza City March 18. Skating equipment is hard to come by in Gaza, where poverty runs deep and Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain tight restrictions along the border. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. "We tour the markets looking for second-hand stuff. We collect it and we make it fit for play," said Mohammed al-Sawalhe, one of the coaches.

"I try to change their thinking and turn it from thinking about the blockade, borders, and death, to thinking about sport," he said about the skaters. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. "We tour the markets looking for second-hand stuff. We collect it and we make it fit for play," said...more

Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. "We tour the markets looking for second-hand stuff. We collect it and we make it fit for play," said Mohammed al-Sawalhe, one of the coaches. "I try to change their thinking and turn it from thinking about the blockade, borders, and death, to thinking about sport," he said about the skaters. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills in Gaza City March 8. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza for security reasons after the Islamist group Hamas took control of the territory in 2007. The World Bank says the blockade reduced the territory, home to 2 million Palestinians, to a state of economic collapse. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills in Gaza City March 8. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza for security reasons after the Islamist group Hamas took control of the territory...more

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills in Gaza City March 8. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza for security reasons after the Islamist group Hamas took control of the territory in 2007. The World Bank says the blockade reduced the territory, home to 2 million Palestinians, to a state of economic collapse. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian boys of Gaza skating Team rollerblade on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian boys of Gaza skating Team rollerblade on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian boys of Gaza skating Team rollerblade on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team, Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, and Mustafa Sarhan, 19, practice their rollerblading and skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, rollerblades on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, rollerblades on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, rollerblades on a street in Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his rollerblading skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Mohammad Al-Sawalhe, 23, a member of Gaza Skating Team, practices his skating skills in Gaza City March 10. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Skating tools used by Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, are seen inside his family house in Gaza City March 18. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Skating tools used by Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, are seen inside his family house in Gaza City March 18. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Skating tools used by Mustafa Sarhan, 19, a member of Gaza Skating Team, are seen inside his family house in Gaza City March 18. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Gaza Skating Team practice their rollerblading and skating skills at the seaport of Gaza City March 8. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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