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In pictures: Beach life in Gaza and Tel Aviv
Main beach at Gaza. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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Both Israel and the Gaza Strip share a beautiful coastline. By Palestinian standards, the Gaza Strip is a conservative place. Even on the beach, women are expected to observe normal dress codes.
Main beach at Tel Aviv. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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Tel Aviv is Israel's biggest city and its commercial capital. Culturally, it is Israel at its most European.
Main beach at Gaza. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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At the height of the peace process, in 1994 and 1995, there was talk of developing the coast line and building tourist hotels in Gaza. All such plans have fallen away now.
Main beach at Tel Aviv. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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Beach tourism is a vital industry in Israel that has suffered badly in recent years.
Main beach at Gaza. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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Gazan women and girls swim pretty much fully dressed.
Main beach at Gaza. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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Time at the beach is an escape from the poverty, overcrowding and violence of life in Gaza.
Main beach at Tel Aviv. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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End of a peaceful day in Tel Aviv, far from the anxieties of random violence and a depressed economy.
Main beach at Gaza. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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A regular scene in Gaza in summertime - the horses are being washed and cooled down after a day's work.
Main beach at Tel Aviv. Photographer Chryssa Panoussiadou
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The last customers at a Tel Aviv beach cafe watch the sun go down. [Photographs by Chryssa Panoussiadou for Panos].




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