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Google pulls 'Bomb Gaza' game from app store after backlash

Published on Aug 5, 2014 6:55 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invites users to"drop bombs and avoid killing civilians" has been pulled from Google Inc's app store, a company spokesman said on Monday after a public backlash.

"Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still available as an app on Facebook, simulates the on-going conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the Palestinian territory.

Players drop bombs from a fighter jet while dodging missiles from Hamas fighters in black and green masks.

"We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies,"a spokesman for Google said, confirming that the game had been removed from the Google Play app store. Google did not specify which policy the game had violated.

The Bomb Gaza game developed by PlayFTW has been pulled from Google's app store, but is still available as an app on Facebook. It simulates the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK
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