On Thursday, Israeli President Shimon Peres …

On Thursday, Israeli President Shimon Peres stressed that Hamas is deliberately placing Palestinian civilians at risk by firing missiles from civilian areas.  He also emphasized that Israel has no interest in harming Palestinians civilians, but must protect Israelis from Hamas missiles.

“Israel underwent another night in which millions of our citizens were under the threat of rocket fire.  It is a few nights now that mothers, with children in their arms, can’t sleep because of the fear of another siren.  We will protect our children and will not allow anyone to harm them.  We must say clearly that the State of Israel won’t rely on luck; we are prepared and ready for any scenario in order to protect our civilians.  We are a united front in the face of this danger; we will not consent to being victims,” he stated.

“We do not wish to see innocent people killed or injured, but it is Hamas who endangers the citizens of Gaza by firing from deep within civilian areas.”  (mfa)

As Israel continues to take out houses being used by Hamas as command and control centers for rocket attacks, launching sites, and weapons stockpiles, in Gaza, the IDF maintains its policy of minimizing the number of civilian casualties.

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An IDF info graphic that illustrates Hamas’ complete disregard for

civilians. While Israel protects Israeli civilians and warns Gazans of

incoming rockets, Hamas sends them directly into the line of fire as

human shields.

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