Hamas

Hamas Invites Foreign Correspondents to the Egyptian Border to Prove Some Smuggling Tunnels Still Operating after Operation Cast Lead.

The move was made to defy Israel, Egypt and the international community, and is part of Hamas’s battle for hearts and minds and to produce a victory narrative
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Using the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip as Human Shields

Aerial photographs show locations of terrorist bases and weapons in the heart of civilian neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip
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The battle for hearts and minds:

Within Hamas’s effort to perpetuate a victory myth in Operation Cast Lead, its spokesmen release false descriptions about events of the fighting and their false successes. The difficulty for Hamas lies in the discrepancy between the (false) rhetoric and the situation on the ground.
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Operation Cast Lead-Update No. 18

On January 19, for the first time since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, the south of Israel was quiet, both on the fighting front in the Gaza Strip and in the cities, towns and villages around it.
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Civilians as Human Shields:

Operational sketches seized during Operation Cast Lead show Hamas locates firing positions, anti-tank positions and IEDs in military compounds situated in the heart of densely-populated neighborhoods in the northern Gaza Strip
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Operation Cast Lead-Update No. 17

On January 18 at 0200 hours, a unilateral ceasefire went into effect as Israel held its fire.
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