Hamas

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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Using civilians as humans shields: launching rockets at Israel from locations close to buildings and schools

Hanan al-Masri, an Al-Arabiya TV correspondent who works in the station’s offices in Gaza City, recounted that during Operation Cast Lead at the end of December, a Grad rocket was launched at Israel from under the building she worked in, located in the heart of the city.
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