Israeli forces called off an air strike on a Palestinian militant’s home after hundreds of people formed a human shield around the building. Militant leaders, impressed by the success of the tactic, have ordered it to be emulated throughout Gaza.
Mohammedweil Baroud said he was warned by Israeli forces to leave his home. He instead ran to a mosque and summoned neighbours to help defend the house.
Mr. Baroud is a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees militant group.
The Israeli army often orders people out of homes ahead of attacks, saying it aims to avoid casualties.
A Hamas commander at the scene said people had gathered to show that the demolition strategy of the Israelis could be defeated.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed to Reuters news agency that the raid had been called off because of the Palestinian action.
“The attack plan was cancelled because of the people there,” he said. “We differentiate between innocent people and terrorists.”