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IDF: Hamas Sending Children at Us

Palestinian child rioting on Gaza border (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

This past Friday again saw Palestinians rioting at the Israeli-Gaza border. And again, Hamas sent young children to do their dirty work - using youngsters as human shields, and to throw Molotov cocktails and sabotage the border fence. Ynet News' Yossi Yehoshua reports on the terror group's monstrous tactics of hiding behind children:

Hamas encourages young children, some of them aged no more than 10, to take part in riots on the Gaza border fence—using them as glorified human shields with the knowledge that the IDF will refrain from shooting at them, the Israeli army has said...

According to military sources, there was a drop in the number of participants in the last Friday demonstrations on the Gaza Strip border, which were called the "March of Return", but on the other hand they became much more violent and involved more women and children.

"The children are sent to the front to face the (IDF) snipers," a senior IDF official said. "And under the cover of the smoke, they throw Molotov cocktails or sabotage the (security) fence, out of an understanding that we will not hurt them..."

"One has to understand what situation we are operating in," he said. "That we face a terrorist organization that sends children at us..."

"We do not want to play into their hands and do everything so that every Friday … there will be no casualties," one senior officer said. "From week to week we become more accurate, but one must remember that the situation in which we operate in is not a simple one."

Tags: Hamas , IDF

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