Report: Hamas can once again produce rockets capable of hitting TA

Army Radio reports production of rockets which were used to target Tel Aviv, Jerusalem area during Operation Pillar of Defense.

July 15, 2013 15:11
1 minute read.
Gaza terrorists launch rockets [file]

Gaza terrorists launch rockets 370. (photo credit: IDF Spokesmans Office)


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 uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • 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

Hamas has succeeded in regaining some of its capabilities which Israel wiped out in last year's Operation Pillar of Defense and has rockets capable of targeting the Gush Dan region of central Israel in which Tel Aviv is located, Army Radio reported on Monday.

According to the report, Hamas has regained the ability to produce advanced M-75 rockets which can reach Gush Dan.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Hamas succeeded in firing a number of the M-75-type medium-range projectiles at Tel Aviv and greater Jerusalem during the eight-day, Operation Pillar of Defense in November.

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.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz addressed the current state of the Gaza front on Monday, stating that the Strip "is relatively quiet after Operation Pillar of Defense - there is a very high level of deterrence."

He added, however, that terror groups in the coastal territory had not stopped adding to their abilities through smuggling tunnels and through the production of their own weapons which he said was becoming "more and more advanced."

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

Related Content

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