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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer camp... Palestinian-style: Chilling images show children as young as six firing guns and staging mock kidnapping of Israeli soldier

The sinister summer camp hosts up to 10,000 boys at a time – and appears to have been designed  to mould its visitors into the terrorists of tomorrow.

Youths aged between six and 16 were seen taking part in a range of exercises, including one that  simulated the capture of an Israeli soldier.

Elsewhere in the mock warzone in the town of Rafah, budding fighters crawled under barbed wire, jumped through fire and ducked for cover behind sandbags in the desert terrain.

Explosions and burning tyres helped to simulate realistic battle conditions, as boys were coached to flee from the enemy and shoot at targets. Bullets were fired overhead by their masked supervisors.

The boys were also pictured marching and standing to attention as orders were barked at them to instil military discipline.

Visitors to the camp, called Generation of Faith, are given AK47s that are bigger than some of the children holding them.

Participants wear black uniforms bearing the camp’s slogan in Arabic, with a logo showing two fists, two guns and a map of the Gaza Strip.

They are given lessons in Islamic studies as well as gruelling physical training, and it is believed that the camp’s purpose is to radicalise the next generation from a young age.

It is feared that the cadets will join the 300,000 children estimated by Unicef to be currently involved in conflicts across the globe.

The kidnapping ‘game’ witnessed yesterday, which drew comparisons to the capture of soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, involved a young boy being dragged by two gun-toting teenagers from an area marked with an Israeli flag.

Shalit was finally released after more than five years in captivity, as part of a prisoner exchange.

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