Gaza terrorists raided a United Nations beachside children’s summer camp Sunday and left death threat warnings for John Ging, the head of U.N. Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) Gaza operations. The attack was reported by the Associated Press but was ignored by most major local and foreign newspapers and web sites. No children were at the camp, which is to open in three weeks.
“We were shocked by this painful attack,” Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA spokesman said at a press conference. Hamas condemned the pre-dawn attack by black-masked terrorists who entered in jeeps and tied the hands of a guard. They damaged eight tents, burning several of them, and torched several plastic water tanks. The terrorists also left behind three bullets next to a written threat to kill Ging and other United Nations officials.
The Ahrar Islamic terrorist group took responsibility for the raid. That group and several other organizations even more extreme than Hamas have charged that the United Nations ruins Muslim values by teaching secular subjects and allowing boys and girls to mingle together. Hamas and other terrorist groups also have attacked Internet cafes, Christian institutions and music stores since the Hamas coup four years ago that resulted in the group's total control over Gaza.
Most newspapers, while ignoring the attack, published U.N. claims that most of the damage sustained from the Operation Cast Lead last year has not been repaired. The international agency blamed Israel for the state of affairs, charging that the partial closing of Gaza crossings has prevented needed materials from reaching the region.
The United Nations and news agencies continue to describe the situation at Gaza crossings as a “blockade” despite daily shipments of hundreds of tons of humanitarian and other aid. Israel closed the crossings to commercial traffic after Hamas kidnapped Israeli solider Gilad Shalit nearly four years ago.
Attempts by the IDF to reopen the crossings were thwarted by Hamas terrorist attacks on trucks and personnel bringing aid to Gaza residents. The de facto Hamas government in Gaza has been accused of preferring that the crossings stay closed so it can reap profits from the tunnel smuggling system along the border with Egypt.