This case of placing rockets in an UNRWA school was not
the first incident of its kind in Gaza, because Hamas and the other
terrorist organizations routinely and systematically use
educational installations (many of which belong to UNRWA) in the Gaza
Strip for military-terrorist purposes. By doing so they endanger the
children and teaching staff, and grossly violate the international laws governing war.
Hamas and the other terrorist organizations do not
hesitate to establish their military facilities in close proximity to
schools, mosques and various governmental institutions, or to launch
rockets and mortar shells from areas close to educational installations.
The extent of the practice was exposed during Operation Cast Lead (See
below). During Operation Protective Edge the IDF attacked a military
facility belonging to one of the terrorist organizations which was
located near a school (IDF Spokesman, July 9, 2014).
Attack on a military facility near a school
(IDF Spokesman, July 9, 2014)
Semi-Military Activity on School Grounds
training at a school in the Khazaa summer camp. A uniformed Hamas
operative teaches children how to hold a rifle. The children are using
toy guns (Facebook page of the Khazaa summer camp, June 16, 2014).
at a summer camp near Khan Yunis simulate the abduction of an IDF
soldier from a burning jeep (Facebook page of the summer camp in the
Khan Yunis region, June 21, 2014).
Al-Futuwwa students photographed during the simulation of an attack on
an IDF post and the abduction of an IDF soldier (Facebook page of the
Al-Futuwwa project, March 28, 2013)