It's been widely alleged that Hamas hide among civilians of Gaza and do not wear military uniforms.

The first question to ask when evaluating the validity of such claims is whether Hamas military wing does in fact have an accepted military uniform. Wikipedia shows this picture:

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and this one shows their back:

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The 1st link has a quote about Hamas military on one occasion wearing "brown camouflage uniforms". But that's all I can see about their adopted "uniforms."

Are there better references? Does Hamas officially have military uniform standardization?

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    You've made a leap of logic here that doesn't follow. Just as a police uniform doesn't preclude officers in plain clothes there is no reason to think that Hamas having an official uniform rules out them also hiding amongst civilians. Only the reverse - that if they have no standard uniform then by definition they don't distinguish themselves from civilians during combat. Commented Dec 29, 2023 at 12:14
  • @LioElbammalf are you sure I made that leap?
    – wrod
    Commented Dec 29, 2023 at 13:07
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    Yes. You've at least written a leap in logic, whether or not you believe what you wrote (and so actually made the leap yourself) is a different question. Commented Dec 29, 2023 at 13:25
  • Well, at least that didn't engender any "chic offensive" LOL. Commented Dec 30, 2023 at 1:27
  • @LioElbamalf better?
    – wrod
    Commented Dec 30, 2023 at 8:53

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Those are black t-shirts, not uniforms.

In their parades & other propaganda imagery, Hamas can typically be seen in camo or olive clothing and a green headband:

google image result showing typical images of hamas members, wearing a green headband

There's also imagery of individual members using those headbands during the 7/10 massacre of Jewish civilians:

a hamas terrorist riding on the back of a car, wearing a green headband

I wasn't able to find any official guidelines defining uniforms, but this seems to be closed to what one might consider official uniforms.

The fact that Hamas has something akin to uniforms doesn't prove that they wear them during all or most military operations though.

In fact, we know that they don't wear uniforms for all military operations. We know that they hide among civilians and civilian infrastructure, using them as human shields.


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