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Report: Gazan Civilians Helped Terrorists Launch Rockets at Israel

August 31, 2022

by: Ilse Strauss

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Rockets launched during Operation Breaking Dawn

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | At the beginning of August, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—the second largest terror organization in the Gaza Strip—launched some 1,100 rockets on Israeli territory in the course of two and a half days as part of Operation Breaking Dawn. However, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the terrorists were not working alone. They launched the barrages of projectiles with the helping hand of Gazan civilians.

On Monday, the IDF revealed the names of two Gazan civilians who allowed the PIJ to launch rockets from their property, the Jerusalem Post reported. These two civilians were singled out for disclosure because the rockets the PIJ launched from their property failed to hit their intended targets, fell short and struck the Gaza Strip instead, killing and injuring innocent Gazans.

The first instance occurred on August 7, when the PIJ launched a projectile from a plot of land owned by the Gaza City municipality, headed by Yahya Saraj. The rocket smashed into a populated area next to a clinic in Jabalia, killing two Palestinians.

“He [Saraj] chose to care more for the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization than the residents of the city that he heads, and took advantage of the civil arena that belongs to the residents of the city in order to carry out terrorism—thus harming his citizens directly,” the Jerusalem Post quoted the IDF as saying.

The second incident relates to a rocket launched from a property belonging to a man named Bakr Hamadan Imran Shamalh. The projectile in question struck a civilian building in Gaza City. The strike was broadcast live on Al-Mayadeen, a Lebanese television station with ties to Hezbollah.

“The family of Hamadan Imran Shamalh took an active part in the operation of terrorism while allowing the shooting from their home and thus harming Gaza’s civilian space as well,” Jerusalem Post quotes the IDF as saying. “The terrorist organizations in Gaza cynically exploit the citizens of the Gaza Strip and launch rockets from the civilian space; this is further proof of this.”

According to IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ran Kochav, failed PIJ rockets killed more civilians in Gaza than Israeli air strikes did. Of the 1,100 rockets PIJ fired, 200 misfired and fell short inside Gaza, the IDF said. In fact, the IDF reportedly believes that PIJ rockets are responsible for the death of 12 of the 15 children killed over the two and a half days of fighting.

This is in line with Israel’s commitment to cherish and preserve life, a commitment that is carried over and instilled into the men and women who serve in its defense force.

Perhaps by disclosing the identities of two of the Gazan civilians who do not have a similar commitment to cherish and preserve their neighbors’ lives—let alone Israeli civilian lives—Jerusalem hopes that those who charge Israel with war crimes committed against civilians will finally have a glimpse of the true nature of the enemy the Jewish state faces. Perhaps this will be a step in the right direction to erase the veil of lies, hypocrisy and propaganda. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally see Israel through the eyes of truth.

Posted on August 31, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 31, 2022)

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/

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