Hamas Warns Ashkelon Residents: Entire City Is a Military Target
Hamas has issued a warning to residents of Ashkelon, telling them to stay away from the entire city since, “The [Israeli] army uses the city in its criminal operations against us, and therefore we will respond to that, so it is preferable to stay away from the city as much as possible.”
An accompanying graphic posted by Hamas includes a depiction of an Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) facility in the city.
But the only indication that I could find of an IAI facility in Ashkelon was a command and control center set up during Operation Cast Lead to tell civilian rescue forces where to go when Hamas shot rockets at the city — in other words, this facility was merely used to help save civilian lives. It was — and is — not a military site.
Nevertheless, Hamas will use this graphic to claim that they are “warning” Israeli civilians the same way that Israel warns Gazans to get out of buildings minutes before they are bombed.
But Israel issues warnings to save lives. Hamas issues warnings to terrorize Israelis. This isn’t humanitarian; it is merely another part of Hamas’ war.
Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down, you already knew that.