The Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs in Gaza has said that the Israeli military offensive has targeted mosques, other houses of worship and Islamic cemeteries. To-date, said a ministry statement, two mosques have been destroyed completely during the latest assault; 34 others have been damaged. Six cemeteries have also been attacked, with body parts and bones being blown from the graves.
Palestinian Minister of Endowment Ismail Redwan expressed his outrage at such desecration of holy and sacred places. "This is a criminal act which breaks all international laws and conventions regarding places of worship and holy places," he said. "However, the international community allows Israel to act with impunity."
Minister Redwan condemned the world's silence about what is happening in Gaza, including the blatant killing and displacement of children, women, the elderly and journalists. He invited his counterparts in other Arab countries to visit Gaza in support of the Palestinian people and in protest against the Israeli aggression.