We will not be intimidated. That is the message from the UN today after dozens of masked men vandalised a summer camp being set up for children and teenagers in Gaza.
A guard was tied up before tents were burnt and other facilities wrecked.
Some 250,000 children are due to attend the camp.
The UNRWA’s Director of Operations in Gaza, John Ging, said: “I reassure the children and their parents that UNRWA will not be intimidated by these actions. We will repair the situation here, and we will prepare ourselves to provide an excellent summer games programme for all of the children here in Gaza, because that’s what they deserve.”
The attackers reportedly left behind bullets and a note threatening to kill UN officials unless the camp is cancelled. It has has been criticised by Islamic extremists, while Gaza’s Hamas rulers have also set up rival camps.