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  Kislev 13, 5772 , 09/12/11

IDF: Hamas Responsible for Collateral Damage in Gaza

The Spokesperson's Office of the Israel Defense Forces made it clear, Friday morning, that the responsibility for harm suffered by noncombatants in Gaza rests with Hamas, which has controlled the southern Mediterranean coastal area since a bloody civil war with Fatah in 2007. The statement followed Gaza reports of one dead and 20 were wounded in IDF air strikes overnight, following missile attacks by Gaza terrorists on Israeli targets.

The IDF stated that while it identified accurate hits on targets, "Additional explosions were caused because of the presence of weapons stores near the terror activity sites that were hit." According to the statement, the IDF "regrets the casualties among uninvolved people, but emphasizes, once again, that the responsibility rests with Hamas, which chooses to operate from within the civilian population and uses it as a human shield."

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