Hamas uses the residential neighborhood of Shuja’iya as a fortress for its weapons, rockets, tunnels and command centers. Hamas exploits the neighborhood’s residents as human shields for its terrorist activity.
IDF This residential neighborhood in Gaza City lies just over the border fence from Israel. Since Hamas’ ruthless takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the organization has developed extensive terrorist infrastructure throughout the neighborhood. In just 13 days, Hamas has fired over 140 rockets from Shuja’iya into Israel.
Since the beginning of the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge, IDF soldiers have found 10 openings to terror tunnels in Shuja’iya. These tunnels are used for infiltrating Israel, smuggling weapons, and launching rockets at Israeli civilians.
The IDF warned civilians in Shuja’iya to evacuate the area many days before striking the terror infrastructure within it. Dropping leaflets, making phone calls and sending text messages are just some of the many actions the IDF has been taking to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza.
Hamas knows that Israel is reluctant to attack areas with many civilians. The terrorist organization fights from within the civilian population and uses them as human shields.
Shuja’iya is a densely populated neighborhood, close to the Karni Crossing and just over the border fence from the Israeli community of Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, it has become a stronghold for Hamas terrorist activity. Shuja’iya is saturated with Hamas observations points and is home to a vast network of tunnels used for attacking Israel. Hamas exploits many of the neighborhood’s mosques as weapons caches as well as launching pits which are used to fire rockets at Israel.
Monday, July 21
7:49 PM: In the past 24 hours, 7 IDF soldiers were killed while fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
7:25 PM: IDF field hospital at Gaza border opened today. We are working with the Red Crescent to treat wounded Palestinians from Gaza.
3:41 PM: Hamas terrorists opened fire moments after IDF forces found the tunnel in Shuja’iya. Our soldiers killed 2 of the attackers.
3:40 PM: IDF forces exposed access points to a Hamas tunnel in Shuja’iya. Terrorists planned to use the tunnel to commit an attack in Israel.
1:58 PM: Iron Dome intercepted five rockets above Ashdod and three rockets above Ashkelon.
12:06 PM: A rocket fired from Gaza hit the Tel Aviv area.
11:41 AM: The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets above the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
11:40 AM: Hamas terrorists fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel.
8:55 AM: 2 terrorist squads infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from northern Gaza. An IDF aircraft struck 1 squad and other IDF forces killed 10 terrorists.
12:15 AM: Last night, 13 soldiers from the Golani Infantry Brigade fell protecting the people of Israel. Among them: Maj.Tzafrir Baror, 32, Cpt.Tsvi Kaplan, 28, Sgt.Gilad Rozenthal Yacoby, 21, Sgt.Oz Mendelovich, 21, Sgt.Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21.
Hamas terrorists infiltrate Israel from tunnel in Gaza, IDF blows them away
IDF Paratroopers discover tunnel under house in Gaza
IDF Paratroopers blow up tunnel in Gaza
Evidence of Hamas shooting out of homes
IDF Pinpoint strike on terrorists in a residential building in Gaza