Senior Terrorist in Gaza Disguises Himself as Journalist

Tags: Hamas, Human Shield, Islamic Jihad, journalists, Pillar of Defense, press, Terrorist Categories : Operation Room, Pillar of Defense, Security Issues

Disguising terrorists as civilians can only end badly for the 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 repeatedly carefully pinpointed and targeted sites used by terror groups in the Gaza Strip, most notably the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.This task was only made harder by the tactics of these terror groups, who systematically use 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.

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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 a car clearly labelled “TV”, indicating it to be a press vehicle, therefore supposedly uninvolved in the conflict.

The incident occurred on the same day that four senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives took over a floor of the foreign press building (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270547038771478529) in Gaza and used it as a meeting place (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270548004195430400) , thus effectively 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.

(Read more about the targeted Islamic Jihad operatives: Baha Abu al-Ata (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270549266005639168) , Tissir Mahmoud Mahmed Jabari (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270549981209980928) , Halil Batini (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270550538930749440) , and Ramaz Harab (https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/270551465804824576) .)

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2 thoughts on “Senior Terrorist in Gaza Disguises Himself as Journalist

  1. Ok, That’s it for me, IDF has my permission to take them all out, every last one of them, HOW DARE THEY I can’t believe I know I should have been much more outraged when they hid the weapons cache in the basement of an apartment building where families lived, children lived. But Journalist are being killed at a rate greater than they can be trained. OoOo where’s my IDF uniform anyway.. symba’s probably sleeping on it. and I just got my new stripes too.. sheesh…

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