Gunmen set fire on a children’s camp organized by the UN in Gaza
UN spokesman reported that “40 unidentified gunmen set on fire today a space for a children’s summer camp in Gaza organized by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).”
Security sources told the international media that “unknown people blocked the coastal highway and attacked the security guards stationed at the entrance to the construction site of the camp, whose inauguration was scheduled for June 22. When leaving the area they gave the guards a threatening letter and four bullets in the envelope addressed to the director of operations for UNRWA, John Ging. “
UNRWA representatives explained that “are going through a serious financial crisis and are providing services to 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the Arab world, organize every year several summer camps on the beach of the Mediterranean coast of Gaza, a territory controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas since 2007.
So far nobody claimed responsible for the attack, but the Department of Palestinian Refugee Rights, run by Hamas, accused the UNRWA in a statement of doing a cultural invasion of Palestinian children.”
And that “The UN agency makes a cultural invasion on the minds of Palestinian children to tear and scatter their beliefs through forgiveness, coexistence and to forget their past.”
This morning, at a press conference after the incident, Ging remarked the “determination of the agency to continue giving the children of Gaza the support they need” adding that “They live under physical and psychological pressure and are entitled to happiness, which lately has been denied for them.”
While UNRWA spokesman in Gaza, Adnan Abu Hasna, said he was “shocked by the burning of a project that seeks to entertain children psychologically destroyed by the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which left some 1,400 Palestinians killed , mostly civilians.”
Abu Hasna asked the Executive of Hamas to “find those responsible for the attack and also ask where were the police and security forces in Gaza when forty militia closed the Gaza coastal road and entered a summer camp on the beach”.