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January 06, 2009

Palestinian: Hamas Hides Among Civilians

Avi Issacharoff reports in Ha'aretz today:

Hamas has thus far avoided direct clashes with Israel Defense Forces troops, preferring instead to take refuge in densely populated civilian neighborhoods, Palestinians sources said yesterday.

Hamas, they said, prefers to shoot from between houses, leaving local civilians to absorb the IDF's retaliatory strikes. Yesterday, two Palestinian families were killed by IDF fire. . . .

The sources also said that senior Hamas officials have been spotted more than once wandering around the maternity ward of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital and even using the hospital to hold press conferences, on the theory that it offers a safe haven from Israeli fire. For the same reason, Hamas forces have taken refuge near buildings that serve as headquarters for various international organizations, such as the Red Cross and the United Nations.

Perhaps Taghreed El-Khodary should check out the maternity ward.

Fighters taking shelter among civilians. . . . sound familiar?

Posted by TS at January 6, 2009 04:29 AM

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