A band of 14 masked gunmen forced its way into YMCA offices in the Gaza Strip and exploded a library there, Israel Radio reported Friday.
Thousands of books were reportedly burnt in the ensuing fire. The YMCA in Gaza also operates a gym and a wedding hall.
The gunmen laid a second explosive device near a computer in the library but it failed to detonate. Two security guards on the scene were not able to block the intruders; they were taken by them from the YMCA and later released in the northern Gaza Strip.
The latest incident is another link in an ongoing chain of attacks against Palestinian Christians which has worsened since Hamas took power of the Gaza Strip last June.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Gunmen bomb Gaza YMCA library
Stories like this reminds me that militant Islamist groups -- not to be confused with righteous Muslims -- don't just hate Jews and Israel, but all who disagree with their vision for world supremacy. (Remember what Hamas did to its Fatah brothers in June?)