Incredible footage shows Palestinian teens doing parkour as bombs hit Gaza strip only hundreds of metres away
This stunning footage shows Palestinian teens doing parkour as bombs hit the Gaza strip only hundreds of metres away.
Initially the acrobatic youths are filmed practising their unbelievable back flips and somersaults down a steep sand dune in the Khan Younis district of the southern Gaza strip.
Suddenly, in the near distance, a bomb lands throwing up a loud explosion and plumes of grey smoke.
Incredibly, the young men – part of Gaza Parkour Team – are unmoved by the shelling and continue their acrobatic manoeuvres.
Finally, their curiosity overcomes them and they end up searching the wreckage, even picking up shards of the diffused weapon.
Gaza Parkour Team (GPT) was founded in 2005 by Mohammed Aljkhbeer and Abdallah Enshasy, following Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza.
Mohammed said: “Parkour makes us feel free.
“It gives us hope in this difficult situation in Gaza.
“In this situation we are like caged birds – free running gives us a chance to spread our wings.”
Gaza’s urban landscape provides ideal conditions for free runners like GPT, who now boast 18 members aged between 17 and 25-years-old.
The daring group often train in cemeteries as the mere definition of parkour demands they interact with their surroundings, rather than deny their plight.
GPT hope to one day perform at international competitions, but are aware the current travel restrictions placed on Palestinians makes that difficult.