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Hamas map confirms use of civilian shields

January 10, 2009

The IDF has discovered a Hamas map which indicates (as if it were not already known) that the terrorists deliberately use the civilian infrastructure, including mosques, for military purposes.

Here is the map.

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One can only assume that the IDF had cleared the area before they made the map public.  Otherwise they would have given away an operational advantage.  The amount of tactical intelligence the IDF is disclosing as part of its PR campaign continues to amaze me.  Iran will be examining all the IDF footage with great interest.

From the JPost:

Halamish said the map showed how Hamas does not hesitate to use civilian infrastructure for its terrorist activity. A brown dot marked next to a mosque represents a sniper position.

“This is a civilian area, and you can see on the map how Hamas booby-trapped the entrance to homes to hit the IDF,” Halamish said.

In another case, a large bomb was marked next to a gas station. Had it been detonated it would have likely destroyed the gas station, killing and wounding civilians who live in the area.

In another case, soldiers discovered a mannequin dressed like a soldier at the entrance to a home, Halamish said.

Had soldiers entered the home, the mannequin would have exploded, collapsing the floor and causing the troops to fall into a tunnel, where men would have tried to abduct them.

More – much more – here in this 81 page report from Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center: Hamas Exploitation of Civilians as Human Shields [pdf].

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