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Photo essay: The most beautiful places in Gaza

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Editor’s Note: We asked photo journalist Mohammed Asad to send us a photo essay of the most beautiful places and things in Gaza. This is what he sent us.

Gaza farmers harvest corn crops.
Gaza farmers harvest corn crops.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Visitors to Gaza's al-Nour park enjoy the spin-and-swing ride.
Visitors to Gaza’s al-Nour park enjoy the spin-and-swing ride.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Families swim in an artificial wave pool
Families swim in an artificial wave pool. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
An equestrian competition in Gaza city
An equestrian competition in Gaza city. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
A young basketball team trains at the Champion Club in western Gaza
A young basketball team trains at the Champion Club in western Gaza. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Shoppers in Zawya, Gaza's old traditional street market.
Shoppers in Zawya, Gaza’s old traditional street market. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
The gold market is all that remains of what was once a large covered market filled with tradesman specializing in different crafts.
The gold market is all that remains of what was once a large covered market filled with tradesman specializing in different crafts. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Diners crowd a traditional restaurant to buy falafel, hummus, and mutabbal.
Diners crowd a traditional restaurant to buy falafel, hummus, and mutabbal. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
A man works out on the Gaza shore
A man works out on the Gaza shore. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Palestinian woman weighs french fries at the Rosetta factory in northern Gaza
Palestinian woman weighs french fries at the Rosetta factory in northern Gaza. Two shipments were exported to Kuwait recently. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Agricultural engineers use the hydroponic method of agriculture, which grows plants in nutrient solutions with no soil
Agricultural engineers use the hydroponic method of agriculture, which grows plants in nutrient solutions with no soil.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Rana Ramlawi, 20, practices sand sculpture by carving drawings of national symbols on the beach sand near her house
Rana Ramlawi, 20, practices sand sculpture by carving drawings of national symbols on the beach sand near her house. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Worshippers in al-Omari mosque
Worshippers in al-Omari mosque, the oldest and largest in Gaza which dates back to over 1,370 years ago. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Palestinian handicrafter makes clay pots inside a factory which has been passed down through the generations of his family for centuries
Palestinian handicrafter makes clay pots inside a factory which has been passed down through the generations of his family for centuries. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
A youth soccer team holds its weekly practice on a playground in central Gaza City
A youth soccer team holds its weekly practice on a playground in central Gaza City. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Beach goers enjoy their summer holiday after finishing the school year
Beach goers enjoy their summer holiday after finishing the school year. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Volleyball players on the Gaza beach
Volleyball players on the Gaza beach. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
Youth learn the fundamentals of robot manufacturing in the Child Centre - Gaza Qattan Foundation
Youth learn the fundamentals of robot manufacturing in the Child Centre – Gaza Qattan Foundation (Photo: Mohammed Asad)
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Not what I was expecting to see at all – love the pictures, the market, the beach, the children, parents and families – so beautiful. I am continually in awe of the strength and resiliance of the Palestinian people. They are the true light unto the nations.

What a nice place is Gaza! The beach is wonderful, the high-rise apartment buildings are modern, the farming is impressive, the 14th century mosque is so picturesque, the amusement park is inviting – and everyone looks so healthy and well-dressed. It’s hard to imagine that Gaza is on the very brink of being totally uninhabitable.