Gunmen Trash UN Gaza Summer Camp

Militants torch camp seeking to shield kids from extremism
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 4:34 AM CDT
Gunmen Trash UN Gaza Summer Camp
A trainer helps Palestinian boys chant slogans during a summer camp run by Hamas at a school in Gaza City.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Dozens of masked gunmen attacked a United Nations-run summer camp for Gaza's children yesterday, tying up guards and setting the camp on fire. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the AP reports, although the UN camps are competing with camps run by Hamas, which teach an anti-Israel doctrine and military marching along with horseback riding and swimming.

The UN Relief and Works Agency's director of Gaza operations branded the attacks "cowardly and despicable," and promised that the camp will be rebuilt immediately, CNN reports. "This is another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza and further evidence of the urgency to change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism," he said. (More Hamas stories.)

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