Hamas' ministry of the interior in Gaza issued on 10 July an official
announcement to the residents of the Gaza Strip, telling them not to pay
attention to IDF announcements about vacating their homes. The
announcement calls "on our dear residents to reject these messages, not
to vacate their homes and to conduct themselves calmly. Should the need
arise, call the following toll free numbers" (Source: Facebook page of
the ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014):
A similar announcement was issued by the Hamas authorities in Gaza on 16 July.
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri called on 16 July to the residents of
Gaza not to leave their houses and ignore the IDF's warnings.
3. UNRWA, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, officially admitted that on 16 July it had found some 20 missiles hidden in one of its schools in Gaza.
4. In an article in the Canadian "The Globe and Mail" published on 16 July, the newspaper's correspondent in Gaza Patrick Martin gives an eye-witness report about missiles being fired next to a school:
"Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of
two rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or
some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at
the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing,
because they’re close to the school and so many refugees."
A cartoon produced by Hamas calls on Palestinian civilians to form
human shields against Israeli attacks. The cartoon depicts how a large
group of civilians standing on the roofs of houses creates a
metaphorical shield against incoming bombs, and praises the "steadfast
people." Cartoons are an important medium for influencing public opinion
in Palestinian society.