2. Hamas' ministry of the interior in Gaza issued on 10 July an official announcement to the residents of the Gaza Strip, telling them not to pay attention to IDF announcements about vacating their homes. The announcement calls "on our dear residents to reject these messages, not to vacate their homes and to conduct themselves calmly. Should the need arise, call the following toll free numbers" (Source: Facebook page of the ministry of the interior in the Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014):
3. Palestinian refugees issued similar instructions to the residents of Gaza, calling upon them to ignore IDF evacuation warnings while falsely assuring them that Hamas would protect them from danger. On July 15, the Hamas-run newspaper Al-Risalah (shown here) reported that Adnan Okal, the head of the Committee, called civilians who evacuated to UNRWA schools to return to their homes. He emphasized that the "resistance" will not cease to fight and neutralize any attempt at advance by the IDF.
4. A similar announcement was issued by the Hamas authorities in Gaza on 16 July.
Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri called on 16 July to the residents of Gaza not to leave their houses and ignore the IDF's warnings: "Stay in your homes as we promised you; do not comply with the war of rumors and the psychological warfare."
5. UNRWA, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, officially admitted that on 16 July it had found some 20 missiles hidden in one of its schools in Gaza.
6. In an article in the Canadian "The Globe and Mail" published on 16 July, the newspaper's correspondent in Gaza Patrick Martin gives an eye-witness report about missiles being fired next to a school: "Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing, because they’re close to the school and so many refugees."
7. A cartoon produced by Hamas calls on Palestinian civilians to form human shields against Israeli attacks. The cartoon depicts how a large group of civilians standing on the roofs of houses creates a metaphorical shield against incoming bombs, and praises the "steadfast people." Cartoons are an important medium for influencing public opinion in Palestinian society.