Showing once again what the character will be of that viable, contiguous state that George Bush wants to give them. “Gaza: Gunmen loot American school; policeman shot dead,” from AP (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Gunmen smashed windows, burned buses and looted computers belonging to a private American school in Gaza before dawn Saturday, an attack officials believed was linked to US President George W. Bush’s visit to the West Bank earlier this week.
Also in Gaza, a roadside bomb injured three Hamas policemen, while medics found the body of another policeman who had been shot to death.
Saturday’s attack on the American International School was the second in 48 hours. On Thursday, just before Bush arrived in the West Bank, gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the school.
Early Saturday, gunmen locked the school’s unarmed guard into a room, burned six school buses, and smashed windows and computers, said principal Ribhi Salim. Other computers were stolen. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which left one side of the building scarred with black smoke.
“This is terrorism against education,” Salim said, while inspecting damage.
The school has been repeatedly targeted by vandals in the past for its perceived US link. The private school in northern Gaza holds classes in English and uses a US-style curriculum but has no ties to the US government.
A roadside bomb also injured three Hamas policemen lightly Saturday, Ghussein said. The bomb was detonated as a police patrol drove along a main road in Gaza.
Assailants have planted a series of roadside bombs targeting Hamas police since the militant group seized power of the Gaza Strip in June, defeating rivals from moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
Hamas has blamed the attacks on Fatah, but the group denies involvement.
Medical officials said they found the body of a Hamas policeman, shot three times in the head and dumped in an isolated area of central Gaza.
Moderate roadside bombs, and moderate shootings in the head.