- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It’s summer again, and as has become customary in recent years, thousands of Gazan children will flock to terrorist-organized summer camps to engage in semimilitary training, including the use of live ammunition and simulated kidnappings of Israeli soldiers, Ynet reported Tuesday.

The summer programs — offered by Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees — view the training as a serious recruitment tool for finding dedicated young soldiers to help fight Israel, Ynet reported.

Senior Hamas officials say some 100,000 children are expected to take part in the various summer camps. The Islamic group’s leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said the goal of the summertime activities is to “instill children with values, strengthen their moral core and spread the spirit of Jihad,” Ynet said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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