Middle East: children take up arms in Gaza in summer

Military flavour to activities of Hamas and Jihad

12 June, 18:43

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    (ANSAmed) - GAZA - As schools close for the summer in Gaza, children from age six to 16 are taking part in recreation camps organised by both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements in a paramilitary style.
    At the camps, the children receive arms made of wood and take part in exercises which simulate combat. In several cases they are called upon to crawl under barbed wire and demonstrate their courage avoiding fire.
    In one recent case they simulated an attack on a small Israeli fort.
    Several groups organised by Hamas marched on the streets of Gaza yesterday carrying the green flags of the movement.
    Local sources say the camps organised by the Islamic Jihad operate on a more technical level, while those of Hams offer more hospitality and generous lunches.
    Islamic Jihad has organised one of the camps in the south of the Gaza Strip. Every morning they will travel by bus collecting children from Rafah, Khan Yunes and Nusseirat.
    After four hours of activities the children return home. (ANSAmed).

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