June 25, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Strikes Gaza’s Islamic University After Hamas Uses It to Launch Missiles

June 25, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Strikes Gaza’s Islamic University After Hamas Uses It to Launch Missiles

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Hamas terrorists gathered in a building at Gaza City’s Islamic University to launch anti-tank missiles at Israeli troops, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on June 25. “An Israeli Air Force aircraft struck Hamas terrorists who were operating inside the Islamic University in the Sabra area of the Gaza Strip,” The Jerusalem Post reported. The strike took place after the IDF took steps to “mitigate the risk of harming civilians, including aerial surveillance checks,” the IDF said. The use of a university is “another example of the systematic exploitation by Hamas of civilian infrastructure and the population as a human shield for its terrorist activities,” the IDF added.

Hamas has exploited the same university in the past. After the October 7 atrocities, the IDF said Hamas used the site to develop weapons, raise funds, and run a training camp for intelligence operatives. Hamas has utilized other universities for terrorist purposes as well. Israeli forces found a tunnel under Israa University in February 2024. They discovered weapons and a tunnel at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University in December 2023.

Expert Analysis

“Hamas has systematically embedded itself in civilian institutions in Gaza, including universities, shelters, schools, and hospitals. In many cases, Hamas has also returned to areas such as the Islamic University or Shifa Hospital in order to reconstitute itself as a terror group, hiding among civilians. This systematic use of civilian areas by the terrorist group is the clearest evidence of why Hamas must not be allowed to continue its destructive misrule over Gaza.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“The Islamic University in Gaza, among other institutions, has historical ties to Hamas. In 1993, Hamas member Muin Shabib publicly acknowledged these affiliations, describing the Islamic University as one of ‘our institutions.’ Given this background, it should not be surprising that Hamas operatives would utilize the Islamic University and other educational institutions to wage war against Israel.” — Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Israel Targets Perpetrators of October 7 Massacre

Israeli warplanes targeted Hamas terrorists who participated in the October 7 atrocities against Israel in overnight airstrikes in Gaza between June 24 and June 25. The IDF struck two buildings in Shati Camp and the Daraj neighborhood, noting that the Hamas operatives were using schools to hide. “The terrorists were involved in planning many terror attacks against Israel, and some of them were involved in holding hostages and participating in the massacre on October 7,” the IDF said. Hamas claimed that Israel killed the sister of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in the airstrike in Shati.

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