Wednesday, November 14, 2012

14-Nov-12: One of those pictures that's worth a thousand words

[Image Source: IDF Flickr Site]
Please take a careful and patient look at the aerial photo above. It originates with the IDF, and it shows a key and specific location in Gaza which Israel's air force pounded early this evening.

The background is that in the battle to bring the Gazan terrorist attacks on Israel to a halt, the IDF took certain measures today, starting at dusk. One of them was to bomb a site in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza City. It's a site which Israel's military intelligence identified as being a Hamas underground launching pad for long-range Fajr 5 rockets. Though the details are still sketchy, it's believed the site was also a storage area for those rockets which have the ability to reach Israel's central metropolitan area around Tel-Aviv. The IDF's annotation says that it targeted some twenty such sites tonight.

The aerial photo shows what Israel's spokespeople have been saying for years: Hamas hides behind and within its civilian population. It's the strategy commonly known as taking human shields.

The location of this Gaza City rocket repository is mere meters from a gas station, a playground, a mosque and (as several IDF spokespeople have said tonight) a kindergarten. It's something to keep in mind when the wild claims of disproportion and 'war crimes' start being hurled in Israel's direction.

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