“ Human Shield” – The deliberate use of civilians and public infrastructure to protect Hamas military assets from potential IDF strikes.
The use of civilians as “Human Shields”, violates international laws of warfare and is a complete disregard for human life. Hamas employs this illegal and terrorist tactic for defensive and offensive purposes in the Gaza Strip.
Civilians as “Human Shields” Rockets fired in to Israel from densely populated residential area of Beit Lahiya Civilians gathered on targeted rooftop to serve as “Human Shields” and prevent IDF strike מגן אנושי
According to Hamas’ English website, Nizar Rayyan , a senior Hamas military commander, first used “Human Shields” in the Gaza Strip two years ago. Gazan residents were round up and strategically placed on the rooftops of terrorist buildings that were targets for IAF strikes. Since then, the use of “Human Shields” became the official Hamas Method of Operation. Nizar Rayyan was killed in an IAF strike during Operation Cast Lead. Nizar Rayyan – Established the use of “Human Shields” as Hamas Method of Operation מגן אנושי
Several examples of Hamas deliberately using Gazan residents as “Human Shields”:
Rockets launch from crowded residential areas Military infrastructure manufactured and stored in public buildings Civilians gathered on targeted rooftops to serve as “Human Shields” 2 1 3 “ Human Shields” – Methods of Use מגן אנושי
Hamas militant about to fire Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Rockets Fired from Residential Areas
Hamas’ standard method of operation - firing rockets from densely populated areas. Blatant disregard for human life and property.
University of Islam in Gaza serves as a terrorist base for Hamas and a research and development center for weaponry
Universities Hamas Military Operations in Public Areas Schools
Hamas militants who policed the streets, were stationed in a Han Yunis school
UNRWA’s school served as a munitions storage site for Hamas
Rockets and mortars fired from inside cemeteries
Hamas Military Operations in Public Areas Hospitals Mosques
Central command of Hamas’ northern police force was relocated to Kam’el Adwuan Hospital
Shifa Hospital serves as hiding place for Hamas militants
5 Grad rockets launched nearby Mosque
Hamas militants have relocated several of their military command stations to mosques
Mortars and rockets are launched nearby mosques
Hamas Military Operations in Public Areas Rockets Launched from Schools Rockets fired from UNWRA Elementary School in Beit Hanoun Rockets fired from elementary school yard מגן אנושי
Hamas Military Operations in Civilian Residences Tunnel Opening Uncovered Under Baby Crib Baby Crib Tunnel Opening מגן אנושי
2 1 3 Hamas Military Operations in Civilian Residences Rockets Manufactured in Residence in Northern Gaza Strip Tunnel Opening in Floor of Residence מגן אנושי
Hamas Military Operations in Humanitarian Aid Vehicles Hamas Militant Gunfire from U.N. Ambulance מגן אנושי
Translation: The Shaheed Commander Muhammad Salamah Hallas, Senior Member of " Arieah Shejeria” Special Force Unit Aslam Shahuuan, Ministry of Interior Spokesman for Hamas (5/1/09): “Men in uniform have been declared targets for air strikes. As a result, while outside in the terrain, uniforms are to be discarded and civilian clothes are to be worn.” Hamas Military Operations in Civilian Clothing Hamas Militant Launching Rocket in Civilian Clothing from Residential Area מגן אנושי
Senior Hamas militants use women and children as “Human Shields”.
Their purpose is to protect Hamas military structures that are potential targets for IDF strikes. If they refuse, they are subject to physical harm, even death.
Entrenched Gunman Firing Surrounded by Children Rocket Launched in Site Surrounded by a Group of Children מגן אנושי
Fahhi Hammed – Hamas spokesman, explaining the policy of Hamas to deliberately use the Palestinian population as “Human Shields” in the fight against Israel. (March 2008) “ Human Shields” as Official Hamas Policy מגן אנושי