Hamas produces new rockets in Gaza

Hamas produces new rockets in Gaza

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10951972_sHamas has built a “production line” for long range rockets in Gaza with the help of Iran.

The new production capabilities has restored some of the capabilities the organization lost last year’s OperationPillar of Defense .

According to a report in the IDF radio Hamas has regained the ability to produce advanced M-75 rockets which can reach central Israel.

i-HLS Israel Homeland Security

Hamas succeeded in firing a number of the M-75-type medium-range rockets during the eight-day, Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012.

More recently an M-75 landed south of Ashkelon in February. Hamas referred to the M-75 as “an improved Kassam” upon first using it during Operation Pillar of Defense.

The IAF targeted long-range rockets, and rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad at the onset of last year’s Gaza operation. The IAF’s first goal was to destroy stockpiles of long-range rockets such as the Fajr-5 and other rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv from Gaza.

The IDF said at the time that it believed it had eliminated the majority of the long-range threat.