92 Mosques Destroyed by Occupation, 41
GAZA, (PIC)-- The Minister of Awqaf
(Endowments) in the PA legitimate government in Gaza said that the Israeli
occupation completely destroyed 41 mosques, and partially destroyed 51 others in
the Gaza Strip.
Dr. Taleb Abu Shaer said during a press
conference in Gaza city that 19 mosques were destroyed in the northern Gaza
Strip, 16 mosques in Gaza city, two mosques in the central Gaza Strip, two
mosques in Khan Younis, and two in the Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
He also said that 51 other mosques were
partially destroyed with varying degrees, some of them cannot be used pointing
out that the barbarian occupation was not content with bombing mosques, they
deliberately bombed some mosques during prayer times while they were full of
He also said that the destruction of mosques
unveils the ugly face of the Israeli occupation and points to its war Islam
symbolised by the mosques, as when the occupation targets mosques it targets the
role of those mosques in shaping the identity and personality of the people.
He stressed that Israeli occupation claims
that Hamas had hidden arms in those mosques was baseless asking: "were are
the arms they claimed were hidden in those mosques?"
He added that the made the same ridiculous
claim to justify the destruction of homes, schools, health centres and
Again he questioned this excuse to justify
the destruction of mosques: "Has the resistance run out of space to store
arms in mosques? Mosques are not suitable for such use anyway."
In addition to targeting mosques, the Israeli
occupation also fired rockets close to mosques to force Palestinian worshipers
to abandon those mosques.
On top of targeting mosques and worshipers
the Israeli occupation also targeted cemeteries. Five cemeteries were bombed in
the Gaza Strip, three of them in Gaza city, one in Khan Younis, in the southern
Gaza Strip, and another in the northern Gaza Strip.
He called on religious groups all over the
world to take a brave stand against the targeting of places of worship and
He also called for an investigation of this
aggression on places of worship and treat it as a war crime the perpetrators of
which should face prosecution.