Gaza matches Hezbollah, can fire 1,000 missiles a day: Israel

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Armed Palestinian resistance fighters stand on a platform truck carrying two variants of Qassam short-range missiles.

Israeli officials have concluded that resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip now match their Lebanese counterpart Hezbollah in terms of missile prowess.

According to a new report by the Israeli new site Walla, Israeli military experts have confirmed after extensive research that Hamas and Islamic Jihad can launch a barrage of 1,000 missiles a day in case of future conflicts.

That’s significantly higher than the resistance groups’ impressive tally of firing around 700 rockets and missiles at Israeli targets during a two-day standoff earlier this month.

The sheer number of the rockets was enough to overwhelm Israeli missile systems and force Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to yet another truce agreement to prevent a further escalation last week.

But the threat is not limited to missiles and rockets. Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, the head of the Israeli military’s Southern Command, admitted that his forces were preparing to face a wide variety of weapons including Kornet-type anti-tank guided missiles, drones and balloon-borne bombs.

Hamas carried out its first ever drone attack against Israel during the recent confrontation. Israeli media stated that a Hamas drone had fired a missile at an Israeli military convoy but the extent of damage and possible casualties were not clear.

Palestinian resistance fighters stand next to a drone carried by a flatbed truck. (File photo)

Israeli media had reported earlier that the regime was considering building a wall near the Gaza fence to prevent Kornet attacks like the one that destroyed an Israeli armed vehicle during the recent battles.

The Gaza escalation erupted last Friday following the deaths of four Palestinians in an Israeli air raid on the coastal sliver of land and the regime’s live fire targeting Gaza protesters.

Israeli warplanes struck some 350 sites in Gaza, claiming the lives of 27 Palestinian people.

In response, the Palestinians fired some 700 rockets at the occupied lands between Saturday morning and early Monday morning, killing four Israelis and injuring 200 others.


‘Israel alarmed’

Precision and high destructive power were two other factors that left Israeli officials and military experts aghast after the recent conflict.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, a well-known Israeli journalist, wrote that Israel was amazed how accurate and powerful the latest Palestinian missiles had become.

“What was surprising about the Palestinian missiles in the two-day war was their destructive power,” he was quoted as saying by Palestinian media.

The missiles fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad hit their targets in Israel with high accuracy, Ben-Menachem added.

During the recent flare-up, the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, unveiled its latest domestic missile by firing it at targets in the Israeli occupied territories.

The resistance group released a video on Sunday which showcased the new missile, dubbed Badr 3, before cutting to footage of it being launched at positions in the city of Ashkelon, which is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Tel Aviv.

The missile carried a 250-kilogram (551 lb) warhead, a major leap from its predecessor which had a much smaller 40-kilogram warhead.

The al-Quds Brigades warned Israel that “what is coming next will be even greater.”


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Half a gazillion rockets hit Israel last week and now the IDF is placing their own personal stooges Hamas on a par with Hezbollah. Anyone unable to read between the lines is an idiot. Israel is playing the victim again, imploring help from America to meet this new towering terrorist threat of its own making. Anyone who actually imagines the Israelis would allow Hamas – or any faction for that matter, to stockpile such a huge missile threat right under their noses is a stumbling, bumbling clodhopper. Shin Bet and Mossad are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to perpetrate this farce. Nice try Bibi now back to the drawing board! Next time use a little imagination.

    • Hamas can launch 1000 rockets per day at Israel – of the type we can find at a roadside fireworks stand.

  2. The Israeli statement seems to be wishful thinking meant to make citizens feel cozy. Missiles and other projectiles coming from their northern enemies will most likely have modern guidance systems and inflict more pain and suffering. The most damaging incident would most likely happen if both enemies coordinated their attacks.