Hamas’ use of mosques to hide its rockets and attack tunnel entrances has been decried by Israel, but the eyewitness account of the leader of Gaza’s tiny Christian community suggests that the terrorist group also fired rockets at Israel from a church compound in Gaza, exploiting Gaza’s Christians as human shields.
Archbishop Alexios, spiritual leader of Gaza’s Christian population of 1,500 showed a reporter for CBN News how Palestinian militants used the roof terrace outside his office from which to fire rockets into Israel.
Hamas and other terrorist groups have been using residential neighborhoods and sensitive sites like mosques, hospitals and schools from which to fire their rockets, according to evidence cited by the Israel Defense Forces and media outlets, including the Washington Post. The group even used a hotel where the international media has been staying for cover.
Alexios said that Israeli bombs struck the area of a mosque that sits close to the church, though it’s unclear if this was as effort to target rocket launchers in the area. TheBlaze is also unable to verify the claim that it was Israeli bombs, as many sites in Gaza over the past month have been struck by Hamas rockets aimed at Israel which fell short.
The Christian leader described the Taliban-like shariah rule imposed by Hamas since it took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.
"Islam is the rule of this place and whatever Hamas says we must obey or face consequences,” he said.
Alexios has opened his church to 2,000 Muslims seeking shelter from the fighting.
"Christ tells us we must love each other, our neighbors, and our enemies," Alexios told CBN News. "No other religion says that except the Christian faith."
"We are disciples of Jesus [and] we must give love to everyone without condition," he said.