Gaza City YMCA Library Destroyed

Ad Feedback - Citing the republication of cartoons of Islam's prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, as-yet unidentified gunmen blew up the library at the YMCA in Gaza.

Speaking with Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, Gaza-based Palestinians said at least 12 gunmen took part in the attack.

"The attackers kidnapped the two guards before they stormed the building in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City. Then they entered the library where they detonated a number of explosive charges, causing heavy damage," the source said.

The gunmen stole computers and other library equipment from the YMCA offices before setting off bombs that destroyed the 8,000-volume collection. They also stole one of the organization's vehicles.

Fatah blamed Hamas, and Hamas denied the charges, saying they were investigating the incident.

Over the past two years, al-Qaeda-affiliated terror cells have claimed responsibility for attacking Christian institutions in the Gaza Strip, promising to rid Gaza of the 3,000 Christians still living there.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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