An Indian TV crew has revealed how a Hamas crew installed and launched a rocket from a site close to their hotel window and to houses in Gaza.
The Hamas crew wore civilian clothes and hid under the cover of a tent that was colored in U.N. blue, not camouflage. They used the tent to conceal themselves while they entrenched the launcher for a human-sized rocket, which was likely aimed at civilian targets in Israel.
They fired the rocket just a few minutes before the latest ceasefire. (RELATED: White House Condemns Both Hamas And Israel)
The crews’ actions violate the international law of war several times over, not least because they did not wear uniforms and aimed at civilian targets. (RELATED: Hamas Spokesman Defends Using Civilians As Human Shields)
Even President Barack Obama has complained about the Hamas’ practice of hiding their jihadis and weapons in civilian neighborhoods.
“Because of the incredibly irresponsible actions on the part of Hamas to oftentimes house these rocket launchers right in the middle of civilian neighborhoods, we end up seeing people who had nothing to do with these rockets ending up being hurt,” Obama said during an Aug. 1 press conference. (RELATED: Obama Pushes For Ceasefire To Save Hamas)
Other reporters have said they can’t report on Hamas’ military activities because they fear being targeted by Hamas. In fact, several journalists have left the Gaza strip after hinting at, or describing, Hamas operations in the major hospital and at other civilian sites.
The Indian journalists broadcast their video only after they left the Gaza strip.
“This report is being aired on NDTV and published on ndtv.com after our team left the Gaza strip – Hamas has not taken very kindly to any reporting of its rockets being fired,” said the article by New Delhi Television, or NDTV. (RELATED: White House Condemns Destruction of Hamas Operating Sites)
“Just as we reported the devastating consequences of Israel’s offensive on Gaza’s civilians, it is equally important to report on how Hamas places those very civilians at risk by firing rockets deep from the heart of civilian zones,” said NDTV.