Daily Israel Report

Gaza: UN Camp, Resort Attacked

Unknown assailants targeted a UN camp for children and a beach resort, setting fires and threatening employees.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/29/2011, 10:41 AM / Last Update: 7/29/2011, 1:32 PM

UNRWA summer camp burnt
UNRWA summer camp burnt
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Armed gangs in Gaza targeted a children's camp and a resort in recent days. Both sites were torched, and resort staff were threatened.

The camp attacked is a United Nations-run program for local children, located in northern Gaza. Attackers set fires but did not harm UN personnel.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the UN would continue its plans for the camp. He condemned the attack as “an attack on the children of Gaza as much as on the United Nations.”

Two UNRWA camps were torched last year as well. At the time, UN officials responded by calling to “change the circumstances on the ground that are generating such extremism.”

Gaza terrorists also targeted a resort. On Wednesday, armed men burst into the Rais resort, set it on fire, and threatened staff members. Staff told local media that they had sought protection from Hamas' police force prior to the attack, after receiving threats, but that police refused to take action.

Gaza businesses have increasingly come under attack in recent years for a string of “offenses” including selling Western music or providing internet access, in what has been seen as a sign of the growing Al-Qaeda presence in Gaza.