Are Iran rocket experts helping militants in Gaza?

Israeli media quotes Palestinian and Israeli sources as saying that Iran's Revolutionary Guard envoys have arrived in the Gaza Strip.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 26, 2013 15:32
1 minute read.
Hamas members take part in a rally

Hamas members take part in a rally 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Expert rocket makers dispatched from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have in recent days arrived in the Gaza Strip, senior Palestinian security sources have told the Israeli news outlet Walla! on Tuesday.

According to the report, the sources said that they are in Gaza to help Hamas and the Islamic Jihad develop long-range missiles. Israeli security and diplomatic sources have reportedly confirmed the Palestinian claims that there is an Iranian presence in Gaza, but did not elaborate. Walla! quoted the Israeli sources as saying that Iranian agents have previously visited the Gaza Strip as well.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


On Tuesday morning, a Grad rocket fired from Gaza slammed into a road south of Ashkelon, causing some damage but no injuries.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades took responsibility for the attack, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. Ma'an said the rocket was fired in response to the "liquidation" of Arafat Jaradat, whose death Saturday in Israeli custody has sparked days of clashes in the West Bank between IDF troops and protesters. 

The Grad was the first missile fired from Gaza since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in November, a week-long Israeli operation aimed at stemming daily rocket fire from Gaza on its southern communities. For the first time during the operation, Gazan militants fired rockets that reached as far as Tel Aviv.

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF