Hamas’ latest Facebook post has a clear purpose: to exaggerate civilian deaths and hide the organization’s use of human shields.
Hamas has posted a Facebook message urging Gazans to stop publishing photos of terrorists killed by IDF forces. The post appeared yesterday (Aug. 5) on the official page of Hamas’ Ministry of the Interior and National Security. It instructs Palestinians to “refrain from disseminating photographs of martyrs of the resistance” in Gaza.
The message appears to have several purposes. In order to support Hamas’ claims of victory in battle, it seeks to hide the organization’s significant losses against Israel. The IDF killed over 750 terrorists in Operation Protective Edge, delivering a severe blow to Hamas’ capabilities.
The post also aims to support Hamas’ exaggerated claims of civilian casualties. By hiding evidence of terrorist deaths, Hamas can report higher numbers of civilian deaths in Gaza.
In addition, the message seeks to prevent the world from seeing where Hamas’ fighters operate. In violation of international law, Hamas’ terrorists attack Israel from within urban areas. Photographs of terrorists in civilian areas would confirm that Hamas uses these sites for military purposes.