Hamas improves rocket range capabilities after successful test launch

Click photo to download. Caption: A Qassam rocket in Sderot. Credit: Giorgio Montersino..(JNS.org) Hamas’s military wing recently test-fired a rocket into the Sinai Peninsula from the neighboring Gaza Strip, Israel Hayom reported, citing Egyptian media outlets. The rocket reportedly was fired toward central Sinai from the Rafiah area in south Gaza, and was capable of reaching further distances than any other missile in Hamas’s rocket arsenal.

Hamas sources in Gaza called the test launch a success after the rocket landed dozens of kilometers from the Gaza border. The new-model rocket, according to the reports, was developed in Gaza based on knowledge from dismantled long-range missiles smuggled into Gaza from Libya.

One month ago, two Grad rockets believed to have been fired from Sinai into southern Israel were discovered near Ovda and Mitzpe Ramon, after penetrating deeper into Israel than ever before.

Posted on July 16, 2012 .