On Gaza’s hu­man shields

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emerged about how Ha­mas has de­lib­er­ately used Gaza’s civil­ian pop­u­la­tion as a pro­pa­ganda tool by em­ploy­ing them as hu­man shields. In­deed, the IDF now claims it has re­cov­ered a copy of a Ha­mas man­ual on ur­ban war­fare that re­port­edly de­tails the “ben­e­fits of hu­man shields”, and sug­gests the use of civil­ians against the IDF has been “in­ten­tional and pre-planned”.

The IDF’s claims ap­pear to be sup­ported by re­ports from a hand­ful of Western jour­nal­ists who have re­ported see­ing rock­ets fired by Ha­mas from civil­ian ar­eas in Gaza. For ex­am­ple, John Reed, the FT Jerusalem Bureau Chief, this week tweeted see­ing “two rock­ets fired to­ward Is­rael from near al-Shifa hos­pi­tal, even as more bomb- Con Cough­lin is the Daily Tele­graph’s De­fence Edi­tor

re­ports on Ha­mas fir­ing from a hos­pi­tal, a civil­ian area and a UN build­ing

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