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Israel says it found Hamas training manual in Gaza, proves human shield accusation

Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:59 PM
 
Palestinian children stand in the courtyard of a UN school, that shelters hundreds of families after fighting between Israel and Hamas broke out on July 8, 2014. The Israeli army has released on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014, what it says is a page from a seized Hamas training manual that would appear to support its case that Palestinian militants deliberately use the cover of residential areas for combat operations. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - The Israeli army has released what it says is a page from a seized Hamas training manual that would appear to support its case that Palestinian militants deliberately use the cover of residential areas for combat operations.

Hamas, which denies it puts civilians at risk by storing and firing weapons from built-up areas, dismissed the document as a forgery intended to justify Israeli attacks that have killed hundreds of children, women and other non-combatants.

Israel has been criticised by the United Nations and others for its tactics during the war, including the shelling of densely populated areas and attacks on several UN schools, which Israel says militants were using for cover.

While many legal experts say Hamas is operating outside of international law by firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli towns and cities from built-up areas in the Gaza Strip, they stress that does not absolve Israel of responsibility to comply with the laws of war itself, notably on endangering civilians.

 
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