IDF spokesman: International media ‘fell for Hamas tactics’ on Gaza school strike

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Palestinians at the site of a UN-run school in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The IDF says it targeted more than 20 terror operatives working there. (AP/Jehad Alshrafi)
Palestinians at the site of a UN-run school in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The IDF says it targeted more than 20 terror operatives working there. (AP/Jehad Alshrafi)

Speaking in English, IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari criticizes international media for “falling for Hamas’s tactics” again amid the ongoing war.

Noting the overnight airstrike on terror operatives gathered in three classrooms in a UN school in central Gaza’s Nuseirat, Hagari says “This is the fifth time we have had to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists operating from inside UNRWA facilities.”

“In the last months alone, Hamas wages wars from schools and hospitals. Hamas hopes that international law and public sympathy will provide a shield for their military activities, which is why they systematically operate from schools, UN facilities, hospitals and mosques,” he says.

“Sadly, we saw some media outlets fall for Hamas’s tactics yet again, before checking the facts,” Hagari continues.

“While Hamas abuses international law, the IDF will continue to operate according to international law. The systematic abuse of UN facilities is a war crime, and it must be stopped by the world,” he adds.

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