Hamas

Using civilians as human shields

Additional evidence shows Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip established bases, military installations and rocket and mortar shell launching positions near schools, some of them run by UNRWA.
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Mounting evidence indicates that during Operation Cast Lead (and in ordinary times) members of Hamas’s internal security forces served as commanders and operatives in Hamas’s military wing (Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

As part of the anti-Israeli propaganda campaign which followed Operation Cast Lead, Hamas and human rights organizations often include the number of policemen and other internal security servicemen killed during the operation in the civilian death toll (as opposed to the combatant death toll). Their claim is that the internal security forces are civilian by
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The use of mosques for military and political purposes by Hamas and other terrorist organizations and Islamic groups:

According to international laws governing of armed conflict, mosques used for military purposes lose the special protection afforded houses of worship and may become legitimate targets for attack.
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Over the past few days there has been a surge in the number of rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel

In the past several days, 42 days after the completion of Operation Cast Lead, there has been a surge in the number of rockets fired at Israel.
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List of Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center bulletins dealing with Hamas and the other terrorist organizations’ use of the civilian population as human shields

During and after Operation Cast Lead, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center issued a large number of bulletins exposing how Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip use the civilian population in the Gaza Strip as human shields.
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Civilians as human shields: additional evidence from various sources demonstrating the use made by Hamas of civilian houses for military purposes during Operation Cast Lead – file no. 5

What follows is evidence from various sources – photographs, aerial imagery, air strike footage, prisoner interrogations, and a seized document – clearly showing how Hamas and other terrorist organizations made use of civilian houses for military purposes during Operation Cast Lead. The houses were used as laboratories for weapons production, arms storehouses, booby-trapped areas designed
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