IDF discovers Hamas booby-trap map*

Chief intelligence officer displays color-coded map of al-Atatra neighborhood used by terrorists to record locations of explosive devices, sharpshooters

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 01.08.09, 18:11 / Israel News

A map depicting Hamas' best-laid plans on how to hurt IDF soldiers in Gaza was discovered by paratroopers in al-Atatra neighborhood Thursday. The map was translated on the scene and helped the troops in subsequent operations.

Chief IDF Intelligence Officer Brigadier-General Yuval Halamish explained that Hamas had divided the neighborhood into a number of areas distinguished by landmarks such as mosques, gas stations, and fuel depots.

"You can see that the neighborhood was divided into three areas of fighting, according to color, and inside the terrorists spread out a number of posts, planted explosive devices, and posted sharpshooters," he said.

"Hamas makes cynical use of civilian homes, the entrances of which were booby-trapped in order to hurt IDF soldiers." Explosive devices were also planted near gas stations despite the immediate danger to civilians, Halamish added. He said the layout had been thoroughly planned in preparation for a ground operation.

The map consists of precise drawings of all homes in the neighborhood as well as a color-coded key drawn in the top left-hand corner, which describes the type of explosive device planted at each site. Sharpshooters' stations were also marked.

Halamish also described Hamas' use of dolls in order to attract the attention of soldiers, and presented a picture of a doll placed at the entrance to a home. He said the doll was intended to draw soldiers to it so that an attack could be executed, following which the terrorists could kidnap their victims.


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Comment by Lilu on January 11, 2009 at 2:43am
Well, not that I'm justifying Israeli soldiers' use of people as human shields; but as opposed to Israel, Hamas is the Palestinian people's government. Usually, that means they are there to represent the civilians, to take care of them, to serve them, not vice versa. And, much like the way Hamas senior activists ran off to hide in safe secret underground locations, forsaking their own constituents in the fire, it demonstrates a grave abuse of power and disregard for their own brothers. I can accept that Hamas hates me and would forsake me for dead, to them I am an enemy; but to do that to the people who elected them as their leaders????????

Also, Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields for no other purpose than to save their own skin then and there. They think if they hold a child in front of them, they will not be targeted. Such a cowardly form of self defense as I have ever seen. It is true that Israeli soldiers set up positions in civilian homes, but it is out of strategic value, not for hiding - IDF soldiers are well aware that civilian presence is a non-issue for Hamas and having some around is not going to keep Hamas fighters from attacking them.

In any case, what I find pathetic is comparing quantities, as if killing less civilians than the other side makes that ok. Innocent deaths are innocent deaths, quantity is irrelevant.
Comment by Yahya Merchant on January 10, 2009 at 8:51pm
Yesterday, Amnesty International also accused Israeli soldiers of using Palestinian civilians as human shields – a charge Israel has repeatedly levelled against Hamas.

Malcolm Smart, a spokesman, said: “Israeli soldiers have entered and taken up positions in a number of Palestinian homes, forcing families to stay in a ground-floor room while they use the rest of their house as a military base and sniper position.”

So what is the difference except that Israel Kills 200 children in a week and Hammas kills 24 Israelis in 2 years.
Comment by Lilu on January 9, 2009 at 1:36am
But what does that have to do with Hamas turning its own civilian neighbourhoods into military zones and rocket launch sites?

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