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Vandals attack Catholic church in Gaza

A small bomb at Gaza's Catholic church is the latest attack targeting the Palestinian Christian minority in the Hamas-ruled enclave.
Shadows of Palestinians are cast on a wall with a cross at Gaza's Der Latin church on Christmas Eve December 24, 2009 as they wait for the Christmas mass. Less than 100 Gazans gathered in the church to take part in the Christmas celebrations. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GAZA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR28C3I

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The attack on the Church of the Latin Convent in Gaza City at dawn Feb. 26 was bolder than previous attacks that have targeted Christian sites in the Gaza Strip. Unknown assailants placed a bomb inside the walls of the compound, which includes a church, school, nursery, a rectory and a nunnery.

Al-Monitor visited the church and saw the location of the bomb, which left a small hole in the ground near the church's main gate. A source from the church told Al-Monitor that they heard a strange noise coming from the direction of the abandoned cemetery before the blast. Perhaps the attackers crossed the cemetery and then entered into the gated area, the source noted.

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