As Al-Jazeera reports:
Armed men have opened fire and thrown grenades near a children's festival at a UN-operated elementary school in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a local Fatah leader's bodyguard and wounding seven people.It seems at the moment that by some miracle the children were not injured, though I doubt if any of this activity provides them with a happy and contented childhood.
This was not just another attack in the never-ending civil war in Gaza (the civil war that dare not call its name if most of the western media is anything to go by). It was a definite statement of disgust with the school and UNRWA's activity.
According to Majed Abu Shamaleh, the Fatah officila whose bodyguard was killed:
The group had apparently announced that any festivities held where girls and boys mixed, showed dissent against Islam.Well, this blog has a solution. Disband UNRWA (yes, of course, getting rid of the UN would be an even better idea but we must have one thing at a time). That way they will not be able to do anything about weakening people's faith. Just to make sure that nothing like that happens, stop all aid money going to Gaza.
Abu Shamaleh said they had issued a warning on Saturday in which they blamed the UN for "turning people away from Islam."
The men had said John Ging, director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza, was "at the head" of an alleged movement to weaken people's faiths.
Abu Shamaleh said the shooting appeared to have been carried out by the same group who had been behind a string of bombings of internet cafes and pool halls in Gaza.