A Palestinian boy plays on a beach during the first few hours of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza City August 1, 2014.REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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After spending most of the monthlong Gaza war trapped at home watching the news for hours, Palestinian Salam al-Bayid returned to her university for the first time Thursday to find the administration building with its facade in pieces.Apart from the considerable material damage that has been visited on the territory, young people in Gaza say the security situation means they have little to do after work and studies.Some dream of a life outside the impoverished Gaza Strip, where around a third of people are unemployed.A university graduate turned market vendor, Shurafa thinks life would be better in a foreign country but he would prefer to improve the situation in Gaza instead, so that he can stay in the place he has grown up in.Young people, many of them highly qualified, often complain about how difficult it is to leave the Gaza Strip, a small, densely populated territory that is subject to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on goods and people.
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