#DidYouKnow… 11 Facts You Need to Know About the Fighting in Gaza

Jul 29, 2014 | CIJA Publications, Israeli Defence Forces, Middle East



1. Hamas controls a number of large, uninhabited areas in Gaza, but instead chooses to launch its missiles from within densely populated locations.

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Rocket launched against Israel from populated area in northern Gaza, July 11, 2014 Photo Credit: Reuters


2. Hamas admits at least 160 child labourers were killed digging its tunnels.

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3. Hamas fighters dress up as women to disguise themselves as civilians.



4. 13- and 14-year-olds have been used as suicide bombers in Gaza.





5. Hamas boasts of distributing thousands of grenades to Gazan youth to attack Israelis.



6. Hamas leaders use Shifa Hospital as their headquarters, hiding behind civilian patients.



7. Since July 8th, Hamas has executed more than 30 Palestinians for being alleged “collaborators”.


Hamas drags “Israel sympathizer” in streets of Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense. November 2012. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Adel Hana



8. More than 200 missiles fired by Hamas and other terrorist groups have fallen inside Gaza since July 8th.



9. Hamas diverted more than 800,000 tons of concrete from civilian projects to build its tunnels, more than seven times the amount of cement required to build the world’s tallest building.


10. Israel ships thousands of tons of humanitarian aid into Gaza each day. Bizarrely, Israeli blood donations are rejected.

Civilian Assistance to Gaza during Operation Protective Edge Photo Credit: COGAT

Civilian Assistance to Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. July 2014
Photo Credit: COGAT


11. In Gaza, men of fighting age (18-38) are disproportionately more likely – and women and children significantly less likely – to have been killed in recent fighting.

March 2014.  Photo Credit: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

March 2014.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

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