New type of rocket launched from Gaza in recent fighting

Defense officials say it's an advanced rocket that carries a significantly larger warhead packed with a larger quantity of explosives.

September 6, 2011 00:46
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Rocket fire from Gaza

Rocket fire from Gaza. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Noting an increase in the chance of a multi-front war, OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg revealed on Monday that Palestinian terror groups used a new and advanced rocket in their attacks against Israel during the recent round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

“After the Arab Spring, we predict that a winter of radical Islam will arrive and as a result the possibility for a multi-front war has increased, including the potential use of weapons of mass destruction,” Eisenberg said during a conference on the home front at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.

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Eisenberg revealed that during the recent round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, a new weapon was fired into Israel.

“We discovered a new weapon and as a result we instructed the public to take extra precautions and to seek cover under two roofs and not just one,” Eisenberg said.

The home front commander refrained from revealing the identity of the new weapon but defense officials told The Jerusalem Post that it was an advanced rocket that carried a significantly larger warhead packed with a larger quantity of explosives.

Eisenberg, who served as commander of the Gaza Division during Operation Cast Lead two-and-a-half years ago, warned of Iran’s continued pursuit of a nuclear weapon and of the possibility that the Sinai will be taken over by a radical Islamic entity.

He also warned of the growing instability in Jordan that has threatened King Abdullah’s regime and said Israel needed to work toward ensuring that “its border with Jordan remained a border of peace.”

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