Church leader assaulted in Gaza

Sunday, July 26, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A senior church official and his wife were brutally assaulted last week when three masked men broke into their Gaza City home, reports The Jerusalem Post.

Constantine Dabbagh, Executive Secretary of the Near East Council of Churches, said that the intruders bound he and his wife, covered their heads and then proceeded to beat them. When the assailants were done with the couple, they spent about an hour ransacking the house.

Dabbagh said one of the men told him they were looking for wireless communications devices, apparently suspecting the couple of espionage of some sort. In the end, they left with the couple's money, jewelry and car.

The incident was reported to the Hamas government, which said it was investigating. But if past attacks on members of Gaza's tiny Christian population since Hamas took power are any indication, the assailants were Muslims, and will not be brought to justice for their actions.

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