Video shows Gazans cooling off at beach

Video and images showing masses of Palestinians in central Gaza frolicking at the beach provide a jarring counterpoint to the scenes of fighting, rubble and death that have come out of the Strip since war erupted over six months ago.

The scenes are filmed near Deir al-Balah, near an east-west corridor that is the only part of Gaza still actively occupied by troops. Despite its proximity, no soldiers are seen in the video, and the free movement of Gazans shows the extent to which troops have pulled back.

Online, some Israel advocates latch onto the footage as evidence that claims of famine or genocide are overblown.

Temperatures in the area soared to 36°C (96°F) today, according to nearby Israeli meteorological readings.

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