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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hamas hid rocket launcher in school

Sometimes you have to go digging in the mainstream media to find a gem. AP writes:
An Israeli missile on Thursday struck a makeshift school that Hamas militants apparently used as cover to launch attacks, killing a Palestinian teacher.

Six militants also died when Israeli ground forces backed by warplanes exchanged fire with Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, part of the escalating violence that is hobbling peace efforts.

...The 38-year-old teacher was killed when a surface-to-surface missile struck the agricultural school in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, Hamas security forces said.

Dr. Moaiya Hassanain of the Gaza Health Ministry said the man was killed outside the school gate. The Israeli military said it opened fire in the area at a group of rocket launchers. It denied firing at a school.

Associated Press Television News footage showed the school to be a series of huts in a rural area. A rocket-launching device was spotted between some olive trees, indicating militants had used the school for cover to launch attacks.
Placing a rocket launcher on the grounds of a school is, of course, a war crime. But Hamas, as well as the "moderate" PA, will cynically use use the death of a teacher as proof of supposed Israeli attacks on civilians.

(h/t EBoZ)