An Indian journalist appears to have captured the lifecycle of a Hamas rocket on camera, from clandestine construction to launch in a crowded area.
In a video report posted to YouTube Tuesday, Indian news outlet NDTV shows what appears to be a portable rocket construction site.
As reporter Sreenivasan Jain notes, a suspicious blue tent is erected in the middle of a dense urban area on Monday morning — on the very doorstep of Jain’s hotel — and a trio of men moves in and out of the tent carrying supplies.
Jain believes the tent to be hiding rocket construction, and notes the ramifications of that possibility.
“[The tent's use as a rocket building site] establishes something which Hamas has always been accused of, that they actually use densely populated civilian areas to fire their rockets,” Jain says. “You’ll see that this is an area [that is] very heavily built up, a lot of residential and hotel buildings all around. If Hamas does fire a rocket from here, it will have immediate consequences for everyone around here.”
On Tuesday morning, the video notes, a rocket is fired from nearly the same spot.
Jain and his camera crew investigate, but keep a safe distance: The possibility of an Israeli counterstrike has rendered the whole area around Jain’s hotel dangerous.
The NDTV team reportedly waited until they had left Gaza to post the report, potentially fearing retaliation from Hamas.
The video comes on the heels of a report from the Israel Defense Forces that a captured Hamas urban warfare manual may tout the benefits of human shields.
UPDATE: France 24 claims to have uncovered further proof that Hamas is firing rockets from areas heavily populated with civilians. However, it is possible that the site is near or in the same area as the video reported by TheBlaze on Tuesday.
You can watch the new footage here.
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