Security Chaos

Attacks on Public and Non-Governmental Organizations

Field Update

1 June 2008


Unknown Assailants Attack on El-Manara School in Gaza City for the 2nd Time

Yesterday morning, unknown assailants broke into El-Manara School situated near El-Ahli Arab Hospital in Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City. The assailants stole a bus belonging to the Bible Society. The Centre views this attack as a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

PCHR’s preliminary investigation and the guards’ statements indicate that at approximately 2:00 on Saturday, 31 May, unknown gunmen broke into El-Manara School owned by the Bible Society of the Baptist Church, located in Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City. The assailants detained the two school guards and beat them. Then they stole a white bus belonging to the Bible Society and fled the scene. The guards freed themselves and headed to the Sheja’eya police station and submitted and official complaint. It is noted that the same school was the subject of a similar attack by unknown gunmen on 21 February 2008.

The Centre strongly condemns the recurrence of these attacks, and calls upon the authorities to investigate them seriously and prosecute the perpetrators.


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