The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials”
The author, Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”.
Shocking stories being told by IDF soldiers who report that Hamas terrorists are using children as human shields – including running toward IDF positions with a gun in one hand and a baby tucked under the arm.
To sum up: Hamas is not only using child labor, but likely child slavery, in building its terror tunnel network. While the world worries obsessively over the child casualties of Israeli attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza, it has ignored Hamas’s deliberate killing of hundreds of Palestinian children, over the objections of the local populace.
“I have personally seen rockets fired at Israel from hospitals and schools, but we couldn’t strike back because of civilians nearby,” said Lt. Or. “In one instance, we acquired a target but we saw that there were children in the area. We waited around, and when they didn’t leave we were forced to abort a strike on an important target.”
“We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?” — Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified.
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4518/media-hamas – 7/27/2014.
The school had served as a shelter for internally displaced Gazans.
Related: Terrorists fire anti-tank missile from Al-Wafa hospital in Gaza The IDF launched an investigation, and army sources said it was unclear whether the area was hit by an Israeli or Palestinian range projectile.
Later Thursday night, the IDF said an initial investigation found that terrorists had opened fire from the vicinity of the school, and that the army returned fire. At the same time, Hamas fired in the general direction of the school, the army said. Civilians in the school were asked to vacate the area, but refused, the army added.
http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Hamas-fired-anti-tank-missile-from-UNRWA-school-yard-was-empty-when-IDF-respond-369116 – 7/28/2014. The paragraph appears at the bottom of the piece, and the note referring to an Hamas-aimed projectile occurs in a related piece published last week: http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/US-State-Department-UNRWA-school-shelling-underscores-need-to-end-violence-in-Gaza-368833 – 7/24/2014.
“For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and International Red Cross (ICRC) leading up to the incident.
From July 24, 2014.
It appears that not only has Hamas been keeping Gazans in the line of IDF fire, it may have fired rounds itself at the school of interest. Following a forensic investigation — and in the west, such may be reviewed independently with time — the IDF found cause to deny firing the rounds that took more than a dozen noncombatant lives:
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