Google has removed from its Play Store a mobile game that simulates Israeli bomb strikes on the Gaza Strip after a public outcry deemed the app offensive.
In “Bomb Gaza,” gamers dropped bombs from a fighter jet while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters, Reuters reported. The app, developed by PlayFTW, is still available on Facebook.
“We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies,” a spokesman for Google told Reuters, confirming that the game had been removed from the Play Store.
Google did not specify which policy the game had violated.
“Bomb Gaza” triggered an outcry on social media, with people accusing Google of advocating for the bombing of civilians.
One Google user who commented on Bomb Gaza’s description said: “To think that you can turn genocide, murder and ethnic cleansing into a game is absolutely disgusting,” while another said it was “utterly shameful,” The Telegraph reported.
The app had been downloaded about 1,000 times since its July 29 launch.