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Here are 20 examples of Hamas using civilians as human shields


The Lid has spent a little time collecting some information about 20 times Hamas has used civilians as human shields (The first ten are here, the second ten are here) Here are a few examples:

On July 15th Washington Post correspondent William Booth, reporting from Gaza, wrote:

At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

There are also reports of Hamas using reporters as human shields. For example, the Japanese daily Mainichi’s correspondent in Gaza reported on Monday:

Hamas criticizes that “Israel massacres civilians”. On the other hand, it tries to use evacuating civilians and journalists by stopping them and turning them into “human shields”, counteracting thoroughly with its guerrilla tactics…

Hamas’s “Human Shield” strategy is also aimed at foreign journalists…

A YouTube video has emerged showing Israel’s controversial “knock on the roof” warning system for residents of Gaza.

What is ‘knock on the roof’?

Israel fires “warning rockets” — often sent from drones — to alert residents that a buildings has been targeted, giving them time to get out before the strike comes. It is a “time-tested strategy” for the Israeli military, the Washington Post says, and is called “roof knocking”.

Israel’s military says that air strikes target Hamas command-and-control centres, tunnels and rocket-launching pads.

The warning rocket has no warhead, and is intended only to shake the building. It is fired between three and fifteen minutes before armed missiles hit.

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