Palestinian security forces.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday. Hamas fires projectiles into the sea on a regular basis, as part of its weapons program.
The launches are used by Hamas arms designers to experiment with various projectile models. The experiments naturally are closely monitored by the IDF and defense establishment.
In mid-December, the IDF reported detecting rocket experiments in the Gaza Strip, in which projectiles were also fired into the sea.
Last year, a senior naval officer told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas routinely carry out experiments and check their rockets.
"This is a part of their domestic weapons production. We did not doubt, at the end of the [summer] war, that their focus would be on building more weapons. We monitor every such launch, noting the quality of the rocket and its range,” the officer said.