Despite Hamas claims, further proof has emerged of the terrorist group using Palestinian civilians as human shields against Israel. Critics accuse Israel of indiscriminate bombing, but Hamas strategically operates and launches attacks from civilian buildings.
New IDF footage shows rocket launchers placed inside an abandoned Gaza school to fire at Israel. Other video highlights tunnels and weapons storage under a hospital.
Hamas exploits such infrastructure to conduct military operations, even positioning rocket launchers by UN sites. A UN statement condemned groups endangering civilians by storing munitions at their schools.
When Israel discovers Hamas bases among civilians, it faces dilemmas. Bombing may kill civilians prevented from fleeing. But not striking allows Hamas attacks to persist.
Civilian deaths in airstrikes enable propaganda against Israel and false genocide narratives. Though initiating conflict, Israel remains pressured to minimize civilian impact. This tactic has been used since Hamas formed in the 1980s.
Critics accusing Israel of bloodlust against Palestinians embolden Hamas, which seems to be their intention. But Israel contends choking Hamas’ military apparatus is the only path to restore safety.
Supporters argue Israel takes extreme precautions to avoid civilian casualties, while Hamas deliberately endangers them. They say Israel has little choice when rocket sites are purposely embedded in neighborhoods.
This is what we are finding in Gaza.
A building where children play is a Hamas rocket launching site.
You have to see it to believe it: pic.twitter.com/KmMxfbYj93
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 6, 2023
But detractors allege Israel’s response is disproportionate and downplay Hamas’ provocations. They maintain less destructive approaches could dismantle militant infrastructure without fatalities.
The evidence shows Hamas leverages human shields, leaving Israel no easy answers. But some insist non-lethal solutions exist if Israel truly prioritized sparing civilians.
The choreography of Hamas appears intended to constrain Israel militarily and create collateral damage fodder. However adept, Israel’s caution may enable the militants’ theater.