(Communicated by the Israel Security Agency)
Protective Edge, various Hamas terrorists have been arrested and
investigated by the Israel Security Agency (ISA). Their investigations
have mainly served to gather information and warnings, which were passed
on to the IDF, about launch sites, infiltration and attack tunnels,
arsenals and booby-trapped access routes.
In addition, during the
various investigations a disturbing picture was put together regarding
Hamas's use of the civilian population and public buildings to carry out
military actions on the assumption that Israel would refrain from
In this context, prominent use was made of
mosques and hospitals as meeting points and hideouts. Worse still was
the digging of tunnels and launch sites, and the placing of arsenals,
Following are outstanding examples:
I. Mosques as meeting places, training areas, for the concealment of war materiel, and for armed police activity
Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Yunis said that the Alsafa and Alabra
mosques in Khan Yunis serve as meeting and assembly points for Hamas
terrorists. In the Alabra mosque, the assembly point is in an
* Muhammad Ala'a from Khan Yunis and Muwaz
Abu Tim from Bani Suheila said that they were recruited for Hamas
military activity at the Alabrar and Khaled Ben Alulid mosques in Khan
Yunis and Bani Suheila, respectively, by Osama Altabesh.
Abu Rida from Hazara said that the Hamas-affiliated Jamaat Asnad
association is located on the second floor of the Altikva mosque in
* Muhammad Ramadan from Khan Yunis said that his February
2014 training as an anti-tank fighter took place in a hall located
beneath the Alshafi mosque in Khan Yunis. He added that the hall serves
as an Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades training and instruction facility and
as such is closed to non-military personnel. He said that the Alatzlakh
mosque in Khan Yunis serves as a meeting point for Izzadin Al-Kassam
Brigade terrorists for military activity against the IDF, and that the
Albana mosque serves as a meeting point for brigade terrorists who have
been summoned for action in the attack tunnels.
* Muhammad Abu
Daraz from Greater Ibsan said that Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigade terrorists
monitor IDF movements from the Abad Alrahman mosque and added that two
IEDs had been concealed in the Altoheid mosque.
Alqadra from Khan Yunis said that mosques in Khan Yunis serve as sites
to conceal war materiel such as RPGs, heavy PKC machine guns and AK-47s.
He said that the Hamas members responsible for the mosques use them as
they please. He added that local schools and hospitals, including, the
Nasser and Halal hospitals, are as arsenals.
* Khatem Abu Rida
from Hazara said that the Altikva mosque in Hazara is used as a lookout
from which orders are passed along to terrorists regarding where to
plant IEDs and added that the Altoheid mosque is used as a center for
armed police activity.
* Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Yunis
said that armed police activity was carried out adjacent to the Uthman
ibn Ifan and Abdallah ibn Masoud mosques in the Alkheif junction area.
Ibrahim Abu Shawish from Khan Yunis said that armed police activity is
carried out adjacent to the Hassan Albana and Abu Dir mosques and the
Haroun Alrashid school.
II. Tunnels in proximity to kindergartens and mosques
* Afif Jerakh and Amad Jerakh from Beit lahiya said that an attack tunnel had been dug close to a kindergarten.
Muhammad Abu Daraz from Greater Ibsan said a tunnel in which he worked
was begun next to the Alfukhari clinic adjacent to the Abu Daka family
home. He said that in the area in Hazara in which he was arrested there
is a kindergarten, next to a clinic, to which he was to bring prisoners
in the event of a successful kidnapping.
* Isa Khalil Muhammad Najar from Hazara said that he knew of a tunnel in the area of the Saalh E-Din mosque.
Iyad Abu Rida from Hazara said that he heard that in the 2013 winter a
tunnel – used to launch rockets at Israel – collapsed adjacent to the
Salah E-Din mosque.
III. Hospitals as hideouts
Alqadra from Khan Yunis said that it was well known that senior Hamas
leaders and their armed bodyguards, usually in police uniforms, openly
hide in hospitals. He said that guards are stationed at the admission
department in the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis and added that it was
his assessment that the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip, including
Ismail Haniye, is hiding in Shifa hospital in Gaza City, in an area that
is not accessible to civilians, accompanied by plainclothes armed
* Samir Abu Luli from Rafiah said that since the
start of fighting many armed policemen at Alnajar hospital in Rafiah
have been blocking off certain sections of the hospital and not allowing
anyone, including members of patients' families to enter.
Nafez Salouf from Rafiah said he knows that Hamas and other terrorists
are hiding in the Alnajar hospital. He asserted that on 31 July 2013 he
was at the site and saw many terrorists in a three-storey hospital
building, adding that civilians needing medical treatment had been put
into the street.
* Marad Amr from Khan yunis said that before he
was arrested he saw a Hamas Toyota military jeep blocking the entrance
to the European hospital in Khan Yunis.
* Muaman Najar from
Hazara said that during the fighting he delivered food to his brother
Muhammad, who serves in the financial office of a local terrorist
organization, while the latter was hiding in Nasser hospital.
It is clear from the foregoing that Hamas
knowingly and intentionally operates in and adjacent to civilian areas,
including kindergartens, hospitals and mosques in order to carry out
military activity. Hamas thus endangers the civilian population
even in times of calm given that munitions are liable to go off and put
lives at risk. During fighting, Hamas deliberately operates in these
locales, thus turning the civilian population into human shields on the assumption that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.