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The Wider Image: Bee-sting therapy...A Palestinian beekeeper uses smoke to calm bees in the process of collecting honey at a farm in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip April 11, 2016. Rateb Samour sees 250 patients a day, whose complaints range from hair loss to cerebral palsy and cancer. He is not a doctor and has never worked in a hospital. Samour inherited the skill of bee-sting therapy from his father. From 2003 the agricultural engineer dedicated all his time to study and develop the alternative-medicine treatment of apitherapy, which uses bee-related products from honey, propolis - or bee glue used to build hives - to venom. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem   SEARCH "GAZA BEE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A Palestinian beekeeper uses smoke to calm bees in the process of collecting honey at a farm in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip

Beekeeper Andrew Cote lights a hive smoker in preparation to inspect the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel's bee hives, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in New York.  The hotel, a favorite of U.S. presidents, harvest its own honey from six hives kept on the 20th floor for use in specials at all three restaurants as well as in the Guerlain Spa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Beekeeper Andrew Cote lights a hive smoker before inspecting the Waldorf Astoria hotel’s beehives in New York on Tuesday. The hotel harvests its own honey from six hives kept on the 20th floor to use at its three restaurants. 

Honey-bee farmers at work in Al Moghraqa area in the central Gaza strip

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Palestinian beekeepers inspect beehives at the honey-bee farm in Al Moghraqa in the central Gaza strip on Thursday. The beekeepers collect honey and wax from the beehives at this time of year.

Beekeepers protest in Parliament Square to urge Britain's government to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, in central London, April 26, 2013. EU governments failed last month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, but the European Commission is threatening to force such a ban through unless member states agree a compromise.

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Beekeepers protest in Parliament Square to urge Britain’s government to ban the use of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, in central London. EU governments failed last month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, but the European Commission is threatening to force such a ban through unless member states agree a compromise.

Palestinian beekeepers collect honey at a farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

Palestinian beekeepers collect honey at a farm in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/REUTERS

Beekeeping is a Palestinian tradition nearly seven millenia old – the oldest archaeological remnants shows mud beekeeping in the Canaanite era in the Babb El Wad area, now called West Jerusalem.