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Inside one of Hamas' youth training camps

Hamas’ military wing has started organizing youth camps across Gaza to train the younger generation to defend itself and fight the occupation, some say promoting a culture of violence among the youth.
Palestinian youth take part in military exercises during a graduation ceremony as part of a training camp run by the Hamas movement on January 29, 2015 in Gaza City.  AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Most of the military training sites of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which can be found in many places in the Gaza Strip, have been turned into military training camps for thousands of Palestinian youths for an entire week during the midterm school holiday.

“The vanguards of liberation camps,” which are organized by Hamas’ military wing, have witnessed for the first time a large number of young men participating amid diverging views as to the goals behind these camps and their benefit to the young trainees, while the Gaza Strip is going through harsh economic and political times.

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