Hamas' recurring demands that its civilian population remain in war zones, and Hamas' need to justify these demands to the Palestinian people, indicate that there may be growing popular dissatisfaction with Hamas' policy of using civilians as human shields to protect Hamas fighters and infrastructure in Gaza.
...Even Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad issued a statement demanding Palestinian civilians act as human shields:
"Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad said there is real partnership, [both] on the political level and on the ground, between all organizations and national activity factions in the Gaza Strip, as they have established a joint war room since the beginning of the Israeli aggression...: [Hamad] said the occupation has distributed letters to citizens residing near the border area, ordering them to evacuate their homes. She emphasized that the citizens will not respond to these letters, will not leave their homes, and will continue to stand firm in the face of this malicious attack, until the arrogance of the occupation falls."(Emphasis added)
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014