Hamas Urban Warfare Tactics*

By Planning Directorate// Israel Defense Forces
Friday, August 8th, 2014 @ 11:18PM

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Evidence of Hamas’ Violations of International Law through Use of Civilian Facilities and Densely Populated Areas for Terror

The first few pages of the report are summarized below. The entire document is available here.

Hamas: Defining the Battlefield in Gaza
• Hamas uses UN facilities, schools, childrens’ playgrounds, water towers, mosques and countless other active civilian facilities as launching sites for rockets and attacks. In this operation alone, Hamas has launched above 1,600 rockets from civilian sites.
• Additionally, Hamas purposefully engages IDF troops in conflict in urban areas. For example, in Shuja’iya and in Jebaliya, IDF troops have come under intense attack by terrorists from highly populated areas, and have been forced to defend themselves.
• Hamas also uses civilian infrastructures for other military purposes, and places weapon caches and C2 centers in civilian places.
• Hamas’ tactic serves two purposes. Firstly, because the IDF responds to attacks with acute concern for innocent lives, attacking from these sites gives Hamas a major strategic advantage. Secondly, any civilian casualties that are incurred from these attacks are used to create international pressure against Israel, even though it is ultimately Hamas that is to blame for these deaths.
• Such tactics flagrantly violate international law and the most basic of moral precepts.

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Introductory Media

Hamas Fires Rockets from Civilian Areas in Gaza Click Here to Play
Published on 27 Jul 2014

12 Examples of Hamas putting Civilians in Line of Fire Click Here to Play
Published on 31 Jul 2014

Hamas: We Place Civilians in the Line of Fire Click Here to Play

Locations of Rocket Launches

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Case 1: Launch from within El’ Azhar Islamic College

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Case 2: Launching from Abu Nur School

July 27th, 2014: Hamas terrorists are seen shooting three rockets at Israel from within a school in Gaza. Click Here to Play

* Unclassified Military-Strategic Information Section

For the entire document, please click here.

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