Israel Claims to Find Hamas ‘Manual’ on Using Human Shields
Israel’s military blog posted on Monday what it claims is a “manual” found in the Gaza Strip that instructs the Hamas military on the benefits of using civilians to protect themselves in battle.
“This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths,” reads the Israeli blog post. “(1) The terror group knows full well that the (Israel Defense Forces will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.”
CNN reports to have transcribed two specific pages of the manual and did not find specific mentions of Hamas utilizing human shields “but one section discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed.” CNN could also not independently confirm the veracity of the manual.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has reported that it has found missiles in schools in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians live.
The manual’s cover, according to Israel’s military:
[Image via IDF blog]
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