Gaza: Gunmen destroy major UN facility
Dozens of masked gunmen stormed a UN-run Gaza summer camp early on Sunday and burnt it to the ground. According to AFP, the attackers assaulted a guard, tied him up and left a letter with four bullets threatening UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza director John Ging, according to agency spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna.
"The armed men torched the camp, which contained recreational equipment and (plastic) swimming pools, and completely destroyed it," Abu Hasna said, adding that UNRWA had planned to open the camp in the middle of next month. According to Abu Hasna, the gunmen blocked Gaza's main coastal highway before destroying the facility.
Ging later stated that the attack was carried out by people with an "extremist mentality" and vowed to continue his agency's work in Gaza. "UNRWA will not be intimidated by these attacks. UNRWA will repair this location," he said.
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