U.N. Ambassador: Hamas Uses Human Shields

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CBNNews.com - NEW YORK CITY - On Tuesday, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Professor Gabriella Shalev, submitted a letter describing Hamas's use of civilians as human shields.

In the letter, addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon and the Security Council, Shalev described how the terror group operates out of civilian residences, schools, mosques and hospitals.

While the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) takes every precaution to protect civilians, including warnings by leaflets and cell phone calls, Hamas gunmen booby-trap homes and schools and other civilian sites, Shalev wrote.

Hamas bears responsibility for the IDF offensive, she said, which is meant to put an end to Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel and stop the flow of weaponry through the smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt.

Ban is expected in the region this week to convince Israel to accept UN Security Council Resolution 1860, a document calling for an immediate cease-fire, reopening the "crossing points" between Israel and the Gaza Strip, while failing to mention the word "rocket" or to name Hamas.

"The fighting must stop," Ban told reporters in New York. "To both sides I say, just stop now. Too many people have died," he said.

"My goal is to step up the pace of our joint diplomatic efforts and ensure thta humanitarian assistance reaches those in need," Ban said.

Source: YNet news

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