Journalists in Gaza are finally reporting the fact that Hamas has been deliberately putting its own citizens at risk by launching rockets from sites in the midst of densely-populated civilian areas, with a special preference for schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and so on — places guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of Western TV viewers when images of dead and injured children and weeping mothers appear on the nightly news.
But the video below is different. This is not about dead kids. After all, there are plenty of kids to spare. This is about (potentially) dead journalists — people whose lives are important:
Actually, to be fair, the MSM reporters who cover Gaza labor under severe constraints. It’s not always well-known to their audience, but Hamas officials often threaten them with death if they report on certain incidents or enter certain areas. If I understand it correctly, the NDTV clip shown above was not aired until the camera team had left the country and flown safely back to India.
The following report from France 24 describes a similar situation. It may even be the same launching site shown in the NDTV — the surrounding buildings look very similar — but I’m not absolutely certain. In any case, it got the attention of international journalists:
FRANCE 24 has exclusive footage of a Hamas rocket launching pad that appears to prove the militant group has been firing from areas heavily populated with civilians.
Correspondent Gallagher Fenwick says the site, in Gaza City, is some 50 metres from a hotel where the majority of international media is staying, and just 100 metres from a UN building.
“This type of setup is at the heart of the debate,” says Gallagher. “The Israeli army has repeatedly accused the Palestinian militants of shooting from within densely populated civilian areas and that is precisely the type of setup we have here.”
The launching pad is also where the FRANCE 24 team had a close call last week. During a live cross to the Paris studio, a rocket was fired overhead, forcing Gallagher and his crew to take cover.
To watch the video, open the article itself.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.