Mohammed Salem / Reuters A Palestinian youth jumps with a sword, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Palestinian youths demonstrate their ninja-style skills in front of ruins of buildings that were destroyed in the 2014 war, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters A Palestinian youth blows fire, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Palestinian youths fight with swords, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters A Palestinian youth adjusts his face covering, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters A Palestinian youth holding swords, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters A Palestinian youth adjusts another young boy’s costume, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Two young boys jumping near the ruins of a building, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Young boys exercising, northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.
Mohammed Salem / Reuters Northern Gaza Strip, January 29, 2016.

The Ninjas of Palestine

In just two years, a group of Palestinian teenagers have learned how to somersault off buildings, blow fire, and fight with steel swords. They are learning freestyle nunchaku, a type of martial art that is part showmanship and part combat and involves performing a constant series of moves at high speeds. Ahmed Samour, 21, started the group in the hopes that it would gain as much notoriety as parkour has in Palestine and help lift them out of Gaza, which since the 2014 Israeli offensive, is still in ruins.

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