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Gaza women study self-defense against domestic violence

Faten al-Naqla, a Gaza-based kung fu instructor, took it upon herself to train women in self-defense amid the rise of women’s deaths at the hands of their husbands.
Gaza self-defense classes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Years ago, Faten al-Naqla, chair of the Women's Board of Directors of the Palestinian Wushu Kung Fu Federation, received intensive kung fu training from her husband and trainer, Sameh al-Naqla, to gain the confidence and ability to defend herself.

In light of the increasing number of deaths among women following severe beatings by their husbands in the Gaza Strip, Naqla started thinking about training other women to defend themselves.

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