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Letter: Save lives by putting a stop to Gaza tunnels

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 am

It’s time to stop the Gaza tunnels! In the first three weeks of Protective Edge, Israel’s effort to restore security and peace to the region, over 2,300 rockets were shot into Israel affecting 70 percent of its population, equivalent to 250 million Americans. Since 2005, when Israel withdrew from Gaza, over 13,000 rockets have been fired at Israel’s towns and cities. That is over 1,000 a year!

Thirty-two tunnels and 66 entry points were uncovered in Gaza by Israel Defense Forces. Hamas used millions of dollars and hundreds of tons of cement to build this sophisticated tunnel system when hospitals, schools and apartments could have been built to help their people.

Hamas deliberately places their schools, mosques and hospitals at risk by storing missiles in them, turning them into military targets and using innocent residents as human shields. The death toll is significantly higher in Gaza because Hamas perpetuates it.

After smuggling rockets from Iran, Hamas hopes to increase the number of casualties in Gaza to leverage against Israel in a propaganda war. The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees condemned Hamas for hiding rockets in U.N. schools.

Israel Defense Forces seek to minimize casualties by delivering warnings to civilians in Gaza to vacate targeted areas. Hamas tells citizens to ignore warnings or even prevents them from leaving.

Hamas’ terror attacks on Israeli civilians and use of innocent Palestinians as human shields must end. A cease-fire with demilitarization is imperative so rockets and dangerous attack tunnels do not happen again.

Roberta Landau

Lodi

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