GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque its military says concealed the militant group’s weapons, as the Palestinian death toll topped 120 Saturday in an offensive that showed no signs of slowing down.
The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the mosque it hit, saying it concealed rockets right next to another religious site and civilian homes. It said Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza militant groups systematically use this tactic of abusing religious sites to conceal weapons and establish underground tunnel networks, deliberately endangering its own civilians.
“Hamas terrorists systematically exploit and choose to put Palestinians in Gaza in harm’s way and continue to locate their positions among civilian areas and mosques, proving once more their disregard for human life and holy sites,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman.
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