|UNRWA condemns attack on its Summer Games location
23 May 2010
At 0230 on Sunday 23 May 2010, a group of approximately 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA recreation facility under construction on the beach in Gaza City. The location is one of 35 beach facilities currently under construction, which will form part of UNRWA’s annual “Summer Games” programme for over 250,000 refugee children in Gaza, due to commence on 12 June.
UNRWA’s Director of Operations in Gaza, John Ging, condemned the incident, calling it :“vandalism linked to extremism and an attack on the happiness of children.” He went on to reassure parents and the children of Gaza that: “UNRWA will not be intimidated by such acts and will quickly rebuild the location in good time to host the Summer Games.”
UNRWA's Summer Games, conducted for the fourth year with the full support and involvement of the community, is the largest recreation programme for Gaza’s children providing a diversified set of activities including sports, swimming, arts and crafts, theatre and drama. It is of immense physical and psychological importance for children who would otherwise have no other similar recreation opportunity.