An article dated March 5th 2013 which appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website relates to the cancelling of the Gaza Strip marathon by its organiser UNRWA after Hamas refused to allow women to take part in the run.
There we learn that:
“Conservative elements in Gaza have sometimes complained about mixing between the sexes, especially in schools and at sporting events.”
Towards the end of the article a brief reference is made to the violent attacks – presumed at the time to have been carried out by Salafists -which have taken place on mixed summer camps for children:
“In the past there have been attacks on the UN’s summer camps for children in Gaza after complaints that boys were allowed to mix with girls, the BBC’s Jon Donnison reports.”
Those attacks go far beyond what the chosen BBC terminology ” Conservative elements in Gaza…
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