Children brought to Ireland for respite to return to Gaza today

A group of children brought to Ireland for respite will return to Gaza this weekend.

The youngsters have spent the past week travelling the country playing soccer with host teams.

They are from the Al Helal Football Academy in Gaza and ordinarily would not get to meet with people of other cultures.

Zoe Lawlor from Gaza action Ireland has said the trip has given the children respite from the violence of their homeland.

"It is huge for the children because it is not just for them, it is for their families and the the whole communities as well," she said.

"It is a real window into the outside world, living in Gaza under Israeli siege is very difficult where most people can't travel.

"The kids are videoing everything and everything is being photographed and sent home just so people can see the outside world."

hmad Abu Naji of Al Helal, Gaza u-14's swap with Castleview Celtic's Aidan Higgins adn Liam Kavanagh for a joint team photo. Pic: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

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