Hamas Exploits Gaza Children As Shields
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
IDF: "Hamas exploited UNWRA School as launch pad for firing rockets at Israel"
Dr. Dore Gold: "Mounting evidence that Hamas members use Gaza children for protection from Israeli attacks"
Gen. Yossi Kupperwaser: "Hamas terrorists invite children to rocket storehouses after IDF warns buildings will be bombed"
The tragic killing of Palestinian children among the people including a Hamas rocket team has aroused shock and anger. However, it is now apparent that the school building was being used as a launch pad for rocketing Israel, a tactic repeatedly used by Hamas. IsraCast presents an official IDF statement on the incident as well as comments by Dr. Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, and Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwaser, a senior IDF intelligence officer.
"On Tuesday, following identified and repeated rocket and mortar launchings at Israeli territory, the IAF aircraft struck a school in Beit Hanoun. After an investigation that took place over the past hour, it was revealed that terror operatives from Hamas's military wing and a mortar battery cell, which were found in the school, were firing on IDF forces in the area. Hamas operatives Imad Abu Askhar and Hassan Abu Askhar were amongst terrorists that were identified at the school.
The IDF Spokesperson noted that in the past Hamas operatives have frequently fired at Israeli territory and IDF forces from within schools, using civilians as human shields, as proven by a video taken by a UVA. The video plainly displays rocket and mortar shell fire launched from within the UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun a year ago."
Dr. Dore Gold, the director of The Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs and a former Israeli ambassador to the UN, has said there is mounting evidence that Hamas deliberately exploits children as human shields in the Gaza Strip. There are also documented photos showing how Hamas members order children to accompany them while moving from one site to another in order to prevent IDF attacks. Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwaser also notes how a leading Hamas terrorist also grouped his four wives and numerous children with him in the family home which was used as a Qassam storehouse, after the IDF actually warned everyone to leave before an airstrike.
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