IDF exposes Hamas, Islamic Jihad rocket launch sites near Gaza schools

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The IDF on Wednesday exposed three new school locations that Hamas has been recently using as rocket launch sites, violating the laws of war about keeping war-related issues away from civilian areas.

A statement by the IDF said, “Hamas exposed: This is how the Hamas terrorist organization uses schools and education to promote its terrorist agenda. Additional instances of Hamas deliberately using children as human shields are now being exposed.”

“This exposure comes approximately two weeks after UNRWA reported that the ground of one of its schools had collapsed. The collapse was caused by the construction of a Hamas terrorist tunnel,” said the IDF.

“Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:16

 A teacher talks to her students about the importance of hand-washing with hand sanitizer on the first day of the new school year in the Gaza Strip, August 16, 2021. (credit: HASSAN ESLIEH/THE MEDIA LINE)

Where were the rocket launch sites found?

The first location listed by the IDF is adjacent to the Mo’ath Bin Jabal school in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City

Near the school, which is used by UNRWA as a shelter during emergencies, is a Hamas rocket launch site, according to the IDF.

In addition, the IDF stated that “prior to Operation Guardian of the Walls, the school’s principal, Mehammed Abu Oun, maintained contact with an operative in the Hamas rocket array, Jalal Abu Aoun,” who the IDF said was managing the firing of rockets from the site.

Hamas stationed a second rocket launch site near the Khalil Al Nobani school in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, said the IDF.

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