Monday, December 10, 2007

Muslim gunmen target Christian in Gaza

by Khaled Abu Toameh from The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

Sources in Gaza City told The Jerusalem Post four masked gunmen tried to kidnap Nabil Fuad Ayad, who works as a guard at a local church. Nabil's cousin, Rami, was kidnapped and murdered two months ago by the same group, the sources said. The sources identified the gunmen as members of the radical Islamic Salafi movement. "They were dressed in the traditional Salafi clothes," said an eyewitness. "They were also carrying guns." ... The Salafis, who have become very active in the Gaza Strip in recent months, are totally opposed to common Western concepts like economics, constitutions and political parties. They refer to the 2,500 Christians in the Gaza Strip as Crusaders and have vowed to drive them out of the area. Hamas denied any involvement in the attack, saying its security forces had launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from the victim.

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