Google Pulls Bomb Gaza Game From App Store After Outrage

Google has pulled off a mobile game that simulated Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invited users to drop bombs and avoid killing civilians.

The game, though developed by PlayFTW and still available as an app on Facebook, simulated the on-going conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which dominated the Palestinian territory.
Players drop bombs from a fighter jet while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters in black and green masks.

Google has confirmed that it has removed the Google Play app store.

Google Play has rules that prohibit content that amounts to hate speech, bullying and violence and lets users flag abusive content.

The game triggered outraged comments on the Google app store review page as well as on Facebook. It had been downloaded about 1,000 times since its July 29 launch.

Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment and PlayFTW could not be immediately reached.

On July 8, Israel launched an offensive on Gaza in response to a surge in Hamas rocket strikes. Gaza officials say more than 1,831 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and about 3,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged since the offensive began.

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