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Monday, May 7, 2007

Gaza School Attacked

Regarding the attack on a school in Gaza, Associated Press reports the following:


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The gun and homemade bomb attack on the U.N. school in the southern Gaza refugee camp of Rafah began with a protest by Muslim extremists in long robes, who said a sports festival the school was hosting was un-Islamic. One protester's sign said the U.N. "is turning schools into nightclubs."

Protesters also accused the top U.N. official in Gaza, John Ging, who was in the school, of leading a movement to weaken people's Islamic faith.

The group of protesters tried to enter the school and Palestinian security officers fired in the air to keep them away. In the ensuing chaos, at least one bomb was thrown into the school, wounding many of the seven who were hurt. A gun battle followed.

A senior Fatah official, Majed Abu Shamaleh, was leaving the school when his bodyguard was killed in sight of terrified youngsters. Ging was not hurt.

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AP says that, according to the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mezan, 57 people were killed in factional fighting in Gaza in 2004, 101 in 2005 and 252 last year. In the first three months of this year another 147 Gazans died in intra-Palestinian violence, including 10 children.

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