Israel hit a mosque in Gaza that was being used to store weapons, and the international condemnation was fierce. Somehow I doubt that those who were so angry about that attack on a mosque will be upset about this one at all. More on this story. “Mosque gun battle rages in Gaza,” from the BBC, August 14 (thanks to Dupont):
At least six people have been killed and dozens injured in a fierce gun battle in Gaza, emergency services say.
Eyewitnesses say hundreds of Hamas fighters and policemen surrounded then raided a mosque where followers of a radical Islamist cleric were holed up.
They had fired rocket-propelled grenades at the mosque in Rafah, near the Egyptian border, witnesses say.
It is thought that at least 100 supporters of the al-Qaeda-linked group, Jund Ansar Allah, were inside.
Hamas said a grenade fired from the mosque killed one of its fighters. The other fatalities were reported to be gunmen, and a child was also killed.
Earlier, during Friday prayers, hundreds of worshippers at Ibn-Taymiyah mosque declared Gaza an “Islamic emirate”.
The mosque’s imam – Abdul-Latif Moussa – and armed supporters swore to fight to the death rather than hand over authority of the mosque to Hamas.
Jund Ansar Allah (Army of the Helpers of God) gained some prominence two months ago when it staged a failed attack on a border crossing between Gaza and Israel.
The group is very critical of Hamas, which governs Gaza, accusing the Islamist group of not being Islamist enough….
“I would have such a fellow whipped for overdoing Termagant; it out-Herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.”
Anyway, I guess now Hamas is officially and undeniably “moderate.” Let the jizya flow!