An Israeli airstrike has destroyed one Oxfam supported kindergarten (Al Bajan kindergarten) and left another damaged (Al Housna kindergarten) in Karama, North West Gaza City, the international aid agency said today. The agency had repaired water and sanitation facilities in the two kindergartens as part of an effort to improve the quality of life for people in communities that had been heavily affected during the last major Israeli military campaign on Gaza between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009.
Sara Almer, from Oxfam said:
“More than 150 children attended these kindergartens. The children are safe, but the places where they learnt and played are now in ruins. In Gaza and in Israel, children are too often caught in the crossfire and the international community must act urgently to get all parties to the conflict to abide by an immediate ceasefire,” Almer said.
In what alternate universe could this possibly be explained as other than collective punishment?