When terrorists disguised themselves as civilians, it can onlyÂ end badly for civilians. Today, a senior Hamas operative was targetedÂ while driving a press vehicle, effectively disguising himself as aÂ reporter. By doing so, he risked the lives of all journalists in theÂ Gaza Strip.
Over the past several days, the IDF has carefully pinpointed andÂ targeted sites used by terror groups in the Gaza Strip, most notably the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. Terrorists complicate the task byÂ systematically using civilian facilities and locations as a cover forÂ their operations.
The “human shield” method, as it is commonly known, has forced theÂ IDF to target seemingly non-military targets, resulting in some of theÂ civilian casualties. It has also endangered all residents of the GazaÂ Strip who, without their consent, were unwittingly dragged into theÂ conflict.
One such example came in today, when a senior Hamas operative wasÂ targeted while driving a press vehicle. Muhammed Shamalah, commander ofÂ Hamas forces in the southern Strip and head of the Hamas militantÂ training programs, was targeted by an Israeli air strike while driving a car clearly labelled “TV”, indicating it to be a press vehicle, abusing the protection afforded to journalists.
The incident occurred on the same day that four senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives took over a floor of the foreign press building in Gaza and used it as a meeting place, risking the lives of all journalists inside. The IDF targeted theÂ operatives and a direct hit was confirmed. Journalists have been warnedÂ to stay aware from terrorists or terror sites in the Strip, for theirÂ own safety.