A rioter reveled that Hamas sends women to the front, telling them “the Israeli army does not shoot at women.”
By: United with Israel Staff
A Palestinian rioter who was arrested by IDF forces on Tuesday after breaching the border fence and infiltrating into Israel admitted that Hamas is orchestrating the border violence to maintain its grip on Gaza, and that it is cynically using women and children as weapons.
“Hamas organized the demonstrations so that people would not turn on them,” he said, according to Israel’s Ynet news.
He explained that the humanitarian crisis in the Strip has significantly deteriorated and so Hamas planned the so-called March of Return to “let people blow off steam,” and did so in a way that helps their “cause.”
Their plan, as well as their propaganda worked, he said.
“Hamas controls everything in the Strip. Hamas sends us messages to our Facebook accounts and to our cellphones. They [Hamas operatives] come to mosques handing leaflets saying to go to the fence. When there’s electricity, and televisions can be turned on all you can see is the march [of return]. People got worn down and bored, and I’m one of those people,” he said.
He also backed Israel’s declaration that Hamas is using women and children as human shields in the violence, which they use as cover terror attacks.
“They tell women to go forward. They say to the woman: Go ahead, you are a woman, and the Israeli army does not shoot at women. They tell small children: Go ahead, the army does not shoot at small children. They tell a child to go ahead and he goes, it’s a little boy. They deceive him,” he said mournfully.
Hamas Sends Civilians to Die, Israel Protects Them
Israel has done its utmost to warn Palestinian civilians to stay away from the battle zone on the border, and has even dropped leaflets in Gaza warning of the dangers.
IDF jets on Monday morning distributed leaflets over the Gaza Strip warning Palestinian civilians not to approach the security fence.
The leaflets also stressed to the Gaza residents that the Hamas terror group, which rules the Strip, was putting their lives at risk by encouraging them to commit violence and attempt to infiltrate Israel.
“Hamas is trying to hide its many failures by endangering your lives,” the leaflets said. “At the same time, Hamas is stealing your money and using it to dig tunnels at your expense.”
“Don’t be puppets in the hands of Hamas,” the IDF urged. “You deserve a better government and a better future.”
“Do not approach the security fence and do not participate in Hamas’s life-threatening farce,” the notice concludes sternly.
The IDF has dropped similar leaflets in past weeks in an attempt to minimize the border fence violence and the possibility of civilian casualties.
Remarking on the heavy casualties incurred by the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Tuesday that sometimes harming civilians is inevitable.
“They’re [Hamas] pushing civilians, women, children into the line of fire with the hope of creating casualties,” he said. “We try to minimize casualties. They’re trying to incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel, which is horrible.”
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called the terror group’s leaders a “bunch of cannibals that treat their own children as armaments.”
In the meantime, Hamas has admitted that 50 of the 62 casualties were members of their terror group, while the IDF has identified 24 of the dead as Hamas and Islamic Jihad members.
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