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Father defends taking Kan. children to Gaza Strip

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A divorced Palestinian man accused of illegally moving his three young children from their Kansas home to the Gaza Strip insists they are safe.

Ahmed Abuhamda was charged in Kansas with aggravated interference with parental custody after he took his children overseas earlier this year amid a custody dispute with their American mother.

He told The Associated Press in an interview that while he believes the family is in no real danger, as a Muslim he has taught his children that everybody has to die one day.

Nine-year-old Jannah Abuhamda told AP in a phone call from Gaza that she can hear the barrage of bombings as she plays with her Barbie dolls in her father's home.

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