The New York Times has a great interview with Tyler Hicks, one of their Pulitzer Prize winning staff photographers, about his recent experiences in Gaza.
This part about why there are so few photographs of militants stuck out to me:
Q: We have many photos of the casualties and destruction in Gaza. Why don’t we have many photos of Hamas fighters or missiles?
A: This is a war fought largely behind the scenes. Hamas fighters are not able to expose themselves. If they were to even step a foot on the street they would be spotted by an Israeli drone and immediately blown up. We don’t see those fighters. They are operating out of buildings and homes and at night. They are moving around very carefully. You don’t see any signs of authority on the streets. If you can imagine every police officer, every person of authority in America gone, this is what that would look like.
If we had access to them, we would be photographing them. I never saw a single device for launching the rockets to Israel. It’s as if they don’t exist.
Sometimes people assume that you can have access to everything, that you can see everything. But the fighters are virtually invisible to us. What we do as photographers is document what we can to show that side of the war. There are funerals, there are people being rushed to the hospital, but you can’t differentiate the fighters from the civilians. They are not wearing uniforms. If there is someone coming into the hospital injured, you can’t tell if that’s just a shopkeeper or if this is someone who just fired a rocket towards Israel. It’s impossible to know who’s who. We tried to cover this as objectively as possible.
Hicks’ comments pair very well with this unique video of a rocket emplacement being set up and then fired from an area in Gaza that is clearly directly adjacent to multiple hotels: