The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict February 3-9, 2009

This past week sporadic rocket fire against the western Negev towns and villages continued, although its scope was smaller. While contacts with Egypt continue in an effort to reach a new lull arrangement. In Cairo and Damascus intensive deliberations have been held regarding the lull arrangement Egypt is trying to broker.
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Tensions between Hamas and UNRWA following the theft of food and blankets and the Hamas takeover of a supply convoy.

Eventually, Hamas returned the stolen humanitarian aid. Those incidents are a result of the policy of Hamas, which strives to control the humanitarian aid brought to the Gaza Strip.
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Evidence of the Use of the Civilian Population as Human Shields:

Hamas operatives detained during Operation Cast Lead related that weapons were situated in schools, mosques and residential dwellings, that operatives shot from within residential neighborhoods, and that Hamas operatives stole the humanitarian aid for their own use
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Bulletins Issued by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Showing the Use Made by Hamas of the Gazan Civilian Population as Human Shields

On January 6, the second week of Operation Cast Lead, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center issued a background study dealing with the use made by Hamas of the Gazan civilian population as human shields.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict January 27 – February 3, 2009

The two weeks since the end of Operation Cast Lead have clearly illustrated the fragility of the ceasefire and the explosiveness of the post-war situation. Egypt continues its efforts to have its initiative accepted. Senior Hamas figures have told the media that there is still a considerable gap between Israel’s and Hamas’s positions.
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Israeli Air Force Film Clips Show Use Hamas Makes of Gazan Civilians as Human Shields

The following film clips were photographed during an Israeli Air Force attack against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. They clearly show how terrorist squads fighting the IDF and launching rockets into Israel position themselves near houses, mosques and educational institutions, endangering the lives of local residents.
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