When terrorists disguised themselves as civilians, it can only  end badly for civilians. Today, a senior Hamas operative was targeted  while driving a press vehicle, effectively disguising himself as a  reporter. By doing so, he risked the lives of all journalists in the  Gaza Strip.

Over the past several days, the IDF has carefully pinpointed and  targeted sites used by terror groups in the Gaza Strip, most notably the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. Terrorists complicate the task by  systematically using civilian facilities and locations as a cover for  their operations.

The “human shield” method, as it is commonly known, has forced the  IDF to target seemingly non-military targets, resulting in some of the  civilian casualties. It has also endangered all residents of the Gaza  Strip who, without their consent, were unwittingly dragged into the  conflict.

One such example came in today, when a senior Hamas operative was  targeted while driving a press vehicle. Muhammed Shamalah, commander of  Hamas forces in the southern Strip and head of the Hamas militant  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 the  operatives and a direct hit was confirmed. Journalists have been warned  to stay aware from terrorists or terror sites in the Strip, for their  own safety.


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