Rocket Threat to Israel: Hamas Rocket Range from Gaza
Since Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 18,000 rockets and mortars into Israel, killing more than 40 people and putting nearly one million Israeli citizens under direct threat every day.
Hamas’ arsenal includes mortars and rockets such as the upgraded Qassam, Katyusha, GRAD, and the new Iranian M-302, M-75, and Fajr-5. These weapons have ranges that can reach most of Israel’s population centers such as Ashdod (population 200,000), Beersheba (pop. 197,000), Ashkelon (pop. 113,000), Rehovot (pop 113,000), Sderot (pop. 22,000), and now the major cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
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The image below shows sites where Hamas terrorists fired mortars toward Israel in the vicinity of a UN school in Gaza.
The image below shows sites where rockets and mortars were fired from in the left image and shows sites targeted and destroyed by the IDF in the right image. Notice how the areas that sustained the most damage were the areas that were identified by the IDF in the left image, but most of the rest of the Gaza Strip is untouched. This is because the Israeli military uses precision strikes to take out known terrorist operation sites.
Israel Defense Forces Blog.
“Gaza Conflict 2021 Assessment: Observations and Lessons,” JINSA, (October 28, 2021).