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As Catholic university student killed in Gaza, official warns of ‘collective punishment’

As fighting continues in Israel and the Palestinian territories, a student from the Catholic Bethlehem University was shot and killed on Oct. 12.

Third-year student Khaled Al-Muhtasibb was killed in Jerusalem, and the university said details of what happened are still unclear.

Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that rules the Gaza strip, began an attack on Israel on Oct. 7, the start of what it called “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” stating that it had fired over 5,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel within a span of 20 minutes. In addition, around 2,500 militants infiltrated Israel in various vehicles.

Israeli authorities said at least 1,300 people have been killed in the country, and the government announced it was “at war” with Hamas, beginning attacks in the Gaza Strip.

“The situation in Gaza is very bad,” said De La Salle Brother Peter Bray, a New Zealander who is Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University.

The religious brother said in a letter he was in Gaza a few months back to discuss ways in which Bethlehem University has been supporting young people with online courses and exploring options for further such courses.

“So much has changed since then, and things have got so much worse. There are many people there who do not support Hamas, both Christians and Muslims,” he said. “Bethlehem University has some 400 graduates from Gaza and we are deeply concerned about them. It was Hamas who orchestrated the attack on Israel, not all the people in Gaza!”

2023-10-19T09:56:51+00:00 October 19th, 2023|Categories: News|