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    Last update - 03:41 01/01/2006 Palestinian gunmen throw bombs in UN club in Gaza City http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/664571.html By News Agencies Armed
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      Last update - 03:41 01/01/2006

      Palestinian gunmen throw bombs in UN club in Gaza City
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/664571.html
      By News Agencies


      Armed Palestinians briefly seized the United Nations club in Gaza City early
      Sunday, throwing two explosive devices.

      Visitors had already left the club, one of the few places that alcohol is
      served in conservative Muslim Gaza, when the gunmen tied up the security guard
      and set explosives that blew out windows and ripped up the roof.

      There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

      The attackers tied up the security guard and struck him with gun butts.

      Then they set explosives in front of the bar, unrolled a detonator cable and
      blew up the charges, ripping up the roof and shattering the windows. No one
      was hurt, the officials said.

      The UN is generally viewed with sympathy in the Gaza Strip. Its agency
      supporting Palestinian refugees is among the biggest employers in the
      territory.

      The club is on the beachfront close to hotels where most foreign visitors
      stay, and only foreigners are allowed inside.

      The building was damaged by the blasts, and plaster from the ceiling littered
      the floor.

      This is the first such attack in Gaza on a UN target, and it came barely a day
      after three British hostages were freed in the Gaza Strip by a group demanding
      foreign pressure on Israel.

      Chaos has been increasing in the Gaza Strip since the departure of Israel
      Defense Force troops after the August unilateral disengagement from the Strip
      and evacuation of Jewish settlements there.

      The area has been hit by an increasing wave of lawlessness in recent months,
      with armed gangs storming government buildings and election offices as well as
      staging kidnappings and shooting at each other in the streets.
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