update deskIsrael at War

Hamas again using human shields in Gaza

"To mitigate harm to noncombatants, the IDF carries out surgical strikes," said the army.

Hamas chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar holds a Palestinian child dressed as a Hamas terrorist during a rally in Gaza City, May 24, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.
Hamas chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar holds a Palestinian child dressed as a Hamas terrorist during a rally in Gaza City, May 24, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

Hamas continues to use Gazan civilians as human shields by building its terrorist infrastructure in densely populated civilian areas, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday, sharing evidence of the Islamist group’s facilities located near medical clinics, schools and U.N. buildings.

“Hamas infrastructure is deliberately embedded within civilian areas and in proximity to international assets, using the population as human shields,” said the report by the IDF International Cooperation Division.

“In order to mitigate harm to noncombatants, the IDF carries out surgical strikes,” it added.

The report included aerial maps of Gaza City’s Rimal residential neighborhood, showing Hamas facilities in or near commercial buildings, pharmacies, welfare offices, mosques and other public facilities.

Hamas’s well-documented use of its own civilians as human shields, as well as its use of mosques, hospitals, schools and private homes as weapons storage facilities and firing platforms, violates international humanitarian law.

Source: IDF International Cooperation Division.

The Israel Defense Forces continued to pound Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as the war sparked by the Palestinian terrorist group’s brutal Oct. 7 attack on the Jewish state entered its fourth day.

The military said it struck the shaft of a tunnel and other assets Hamas used to penetrate Israeli territory on Saturday and indiscriminately butcher at least 900 Israeli men, women and children.

Israel Air Force fighter jets also struck a mosque containing a Hamas operations and command center used to coordinate this weekend’s Iran-backed attack. The air force also carried out “widespread” strikes on weapons depots and other terrorist infrastructure.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the IDF had conducted five waves of airstrikes in Gaza, attacking more than 1,500 terrorist targets, including attack tunnels, rocket launching sites, and command and control centers.

More than 400 Hamas terrorists have been killed inside the Gaza Strip so far, the report noted.

This is in addition to an estimated terrorist 1,500 terrorists slain inside Israel since Saturday.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht on Tuesday urged Gazans to leave the Strip immediately amid the intensifying war with Hamas.

Hecht’s warning came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night vowed that “every place in which Hamas hides will become a city of ruins.

“This war was forced upon us by a despicable enemy, human animals celebrating the murder of women, children and the elderly,” the prime minister said in an address to the nation.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates