The following video shows Hamas terrorists firing rockets at Israel from within urban living areas in Gaza. The video, uploaded only two days ago by Hamas themselves, reveals Hamas’ repeated and unapologetic use of “human shield” tactics. By operating from densely populated areas, Hamas willingly endangers it own people, turning their houses and schools into terror sites and weapon depots.
These rockets are aimed at Israeli communities and risk the lives of over a million citizens. Since 2001, more than 12,800 rockets have hit Israeli communities in southern Israel, claiming the lives of 44 Israeli civilians. Most of these rockets were launched from within civilian households in Gaza, effectively turning their residents into living human shields.
The IDF does all that is in its power to prevent civilian casualties on both sides. During Operation Cast Lead in 2009, millions of Gazan civilians were preinformed before an IDF strike and were asked to leave endangered locations. In fact, the IDF’s civilian-to-terrorist death ratio is the lowest in the world. However, the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel.