Israel has repeatedly charged Hamas with using civilian areas as cover for firing rockets into Israel, in violation of international law. Hamas has repeatedly denied the allegations and charged Israel with violating international law by indiscriminately targeting civilians. The four-week war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 1,800 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and 65 Israelis dead, more casualties than in the previous two wars in 2012 and 2009.
Many have questioned why journalists have been unable to photograph or follow Hamas attacks in Gaza. Award winning New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks described the situation he faced reporting in Gaza in a blog post published Tuesday:
“This is a war fought largely behind the scenes. Hamas fighters are not able to expose themselves. If they were to even step a foot on the street they would be spotted by an Israeli drone and immediately blown up. We don’t see those fighters. They are operating out of buildings and homes and at night…
…If we had access to them, we would be photographing them. I never saw a single device for launching the rockets to Israel. It’s as if they don’t exist.”