Here is a clear example of how Hamas uses civilians as human shields. If Israel had bombed this tunnel and damaged the school, Hamas would have claimed that the IDF was bombing indiscriminately and endangering schoolchildren, when it was actually Hamas itself, with the possible collusion of the UN, that put the children in harm’s way.
“UNRWA finds attack tunnel under one of its Gaza schools,” by Tovah Lazaroff, Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2021:
A tunnel used by Palestinian militants in Gaza was discovered under one of the schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency last month.
The UNRWA Zaitoun Preparatory Boys’ School “A” and Elementary Boys’ School “A” was one of two of the organization’s facilities damaged during the 11-day Gaza war that ended on May 21.
At the end of May, UNRWA found what “appears to be a cavity and a possible tunnel, at the location of the missile strike,” the organization reported over the weekend.
“The depth of the cavity is approximately 7.5 meters below the surface of the school. UNRWA discovered the existence of a possible tunnel in the context of the investigation of the fired missile,” it explained in a statement to the media.
UNRWA said that the tunnel was not connected to the school. There is no “indication of the existence of any entry or exit points for the tunnel within the premises,” it added.
The organization condemned both Palestinians who built the tunnel and the IDF for its attacks, which it alleged caused damage to the school.
“UNRWA condemns the existence and potential use by Palestinian armed groups of such tunnels underneath its schools in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable that students and staff be placed at risk in such a way,” the organization stated.
But it also took issue with IDF activity, noting that the school was an emergency shelter and should have been immune from attack.
“The Agency’s installations, like all United Nations facilities, are marked as such and fly a United Nations flag on the roof. UNRWA shares the coordinates of all of its installations periodically with relevant Israeli authorities and in times of conflict, the coordinates of designated emergency shelters are shared daily,” UNRWA noted.
Such actions by Palestinian arms groups and the IDF violate UNRWA’s “inviolability and neutrality” which must be respected at all times, the organization stated….