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'There are no churches in Gaza' says Israeli politician

When the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum was asked why Israel is attacking churches in Gaza, she told the British radio station LBC "there are no churches in Gaza", adding that "there are no Christians in Gaza."

Over the weekend two Christian women - an elderly mother and her daughter - were shot dead by an Israeli soldier on the grounds of a Catholic church in Gaza City, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem reported. 

Christians and churches have been present in Gaza since the faith took root more than 2,000 years ago. Here is what you need to know about the history of Christians in Gaza.

Read more: A quick history of Christianity in Gaza