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Why Were Children Playing on a Gaza Beach When IDF Targeted a Terror Site?


Four Gaza children are dead in the aftermath of an attack Wednesday afternoon by the Israeli Navy that was aimed at Hamas terrorist operatives in Gaza City.  The incident, which raised an international outcry, is under investigation by the IDF.

Washington Post journalist William Booth reported in a column for the newspaper that Hamas often uses a site near the civilian hotel along the beach as a launching pad from which to fire rocket attacks against Israel. “It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel,” he wrote in his column on July 16.

A New York Times reporter also noted that a structure near the beach had been targeted in the attack by the IDF.

“My driver and I rushed to the window to see what had happened. A small shack atop a sea wall at the fishing port had been struck by an Israeli bomb or missile and was burning… “

It is clear the IDF was not just firing at little boys on the beach, but rather was aiming at a specific structure; most likely a concealed rocket launcher, similar to the hundreds of others that have been targeted and destroyed by IAF pilots over the past year.

If Hamas had not used the site to attack Israel, the IDF would not have fired at the spot to silence the rocket fire – Israel’s standard response to Hamas attacks.

Gaza residents have been repeatedly warned to distance themselves from terrorist sites and terrorist activity in order to remain safe and avoid endangering their children. The IDF has made phone calls to their homes and sent text messages to their cell phones, and dropped flyers in their neighborhoods to warn them to evacuate areas they intend to attack.

For comparison purposes:

Between 2001-2014, some 21,000 to 23,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan.

Between 2001-2014, 20,000 to 30,000 civilians were killed in Pakistan.

Between 2001-2014, 133,000 to 147,000 civilians were killed in Iraq.

All these civilians were all killed by U.S., French, British and German forces.

Have any of those nations dropped flyers, made phone calls or otherwise notified the civilians in the targeted territories prior to launching their attacks?

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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38 Responses to “Why Were Children Playing on a Gaza Beach When IDF Targeted a Terror Site?”

  1. Children were playing on a beach because the HAMAS told the Palis to be outside and not to protect themselves so they did!

    Where are the bomb shelters in Gaza for the innocent civilians Hamas??

    Where are the bomb shelters in Gaza for the innocent civilians Hamas??

    Where are the bomb shelters in Gaza for the innocent civilians Hamas?

    Where are the bomb shelters in Gaza for the innocent civilians Hamas??

    Where are the bomb shelters in Gaza for the innocent civilians Hamas??

  2. Carolin Knox says:

    Dead kids make good p.r.

  3. Norma Biblow says:

    They were Jihad’s future suicide bomber’s serving Allah!

  4. Beth Obrien says:

    Cause dying for “the cause” supposedly gets you to paradise….and the much added bonus of the world looking at Israel like they are blood thirsty murderers.
    Two for the price of one.

    Oh btw…if they need medical care though, they will be taken to Israeli hospitals. Everyone knows those are the best, most loving people to take your family to in time of need.

  5. this is how hamas uses their children as targets to show the world community press that we are children killers.Hamas shoots rockets amid their population centers and shoot indiscriminately at us.

  6. Raul Belleza says:

    obviously Hamas are forcing civilians especially women and children to be human shield and the Hamas fighter are hiding in bunkers and bomb shelters . Hamas cowardddddddddddddddddd

  7. Marcel Murad says:

    Sadly four children died. On the other hand they will not grow up to be terrorists

  8. Marcel Murad says:

    Sadly four children died. On the other hand they will not grow up to be terrorists

  9. Sandra Camhi says:

    They put their children in harms way they r mad men murderous terrorists they target schools hospitals ok’d age homes they give the Israelis no choice but to defend their own they have spent more time warning avoiding casualties but war creates hell for all the Arabs want war
    They don’t care about their people they r dogs

  10. Sandra Camhi says:

    They send them in harms way
    They teach hate
    They murder and celebrate murder of their own people they actually celebrate killing their own how sad

  11. Sandra Camhi says:

    Why put kids in hArms way why why why
    Publicity at their expenses photos from years ago other wars used now they lie thru their teeth

  12. Sandra Camhi says:

    Why put kids in hArms way why why why
    Publicity at their expenses photos from years ago other wars used now they lie thru their teeth

  13. i’m sorry, but is Israel not fighting a War with an enemy that wants to destroy them? This is War, its not Glamorous. Innocents get killed. Stop playing around , Israel. Stop being Israel the Good, its time to be Israel the Fierce. Get in there Israel and finish them off. We all know they will come back at you again and again and again. Finish It!

  14. because they never heeded ISRAELS warning they deserve what they get for not leaving

  15. Les Buss says:

    So tragic; terrible accident. I blame Hamas For these deaths

  16. Les Buss says:

    So tragic; terrible accident. I blame Hamas For these deaths

  17. Israel was attacked , and Gaza was the spoils of War…If you can’t play with the Big Boys, don’t start a war with them

  18. Israel needs to take gaza again kick all hamas out and control it

  19. Fuzz, your a bit fuzzy on the facts. But good try.

  20. They know what to expect… Everyone knows hamas started this war..

  21. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF

  22. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not : whosover sinneth hath not seen him, neighter known him….1 John 3:6

  23. First off did the children have a choice. What did the parents know.

  24. Gene Strong says:

    Hamas actually targets Jewish civilians..

  25. kids are coached to hate jews and to be suicide bombs anyway if the funds from tax american payers, united nations, europe union reach the needs of civilians Hamas been constructed bomb shelters where maybe himself can hidden instead investing in missiles, tunnels and kidnapping jews civils to torture and kill them in cold blood … but what this events europe and america reach to and also russia who now are friendly of enemy one day soon all world will know if want survive in democracy against fanatic religions have to fighting against Islam not just target jihads, suniis etc they all the same brand of religions grow-incrementation to all world! PAY ATTENTION

  26. This is a horrible thing. What’s even more horrible is that Hamas benefits from it; Israel will be damned for it no matter what was the actual reality. But Hamas is at the very least complicit. Can anyone tell me something Hamas does to ensure the safety of its children in a war zone they have created?

  27. Hamas did this they use kids old men and women to get there way , lie and post false info all to win there way !

  28. Why indeed. It is a way for the jihad to Get sympathy. Poor us, mean Israel, ever mind the rocket launcher just past where the kids died.

  29. If you are going to start a war build shelters instead of tunnels

  30. Beth Kaufman says:

    The children suffer while the adults in charge encourage. Saddest is that children on both sides are most fearful and shell shocked from the ordeL.

  31. Because when they die they make good pictures for tv. Stupid people around the world fall for it and feel sorry for them. I know my children would not be playing on a beach that I knew was going to have missles hitting it. Children there I guess are not worth anything to their parents except the money they get paid if they die in a grand way for hammas.

  32. Avis Johnson says:

    Hamas sent them there… Has the world yet to figure out they have no value system .. Except to terrorize Israel! Take that away from them and they would rather be dead.

  33. Teri Carroll says:

    it just gives hamas one more thing to whine about…like they care about dead children….always playing the victims….no pity on this end….

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