Friday, February 15, 2008

Library Destroyed in Gaza

Agence France Presse reports that the YMCA library in Gaza was attacked and destroyed by a group of armed thugs:

A gang of gunmen attacked the Gaza City premises of the YMCA before dawn on Friday and blew up its library, the head of the centre said.

Eissa Saba said the attack on the Young Men's Christian Association centre, which left thousands of books burned, was carried out by 14 masked men who overpowered two security guards and tied them up.

He said the men also broke into the YMCA office and stole a computer before placing another bomb, which did not explode.

The guards were later taken to the northern Gaza Strip, where they were freed.

(Emphasis added-DD)

This is the second time in the last year that a Christian library was bombed in Gaza. In addition, the tactics used by the YMCA attackers are almost identical to those used in an April 2007 attack on Gaza's American International School. All of these previous incidents were part of a campaign of bombings directed at Internet cafes, music sellers and other possible sources of immorality and "un-Islamic" ideas, and carried out by a radical Islamist group calling itself "The Swords of Truth". It is highly likely that they are the perpetrators of this latest act of barbarism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible isn't it, but don't count on ALA speaking out about this. They're too busy writing meaningless resolutions about the conflict in Kenya.

3:46 PM  

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