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.

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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?

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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.

38 COMMENTS

  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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

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