IDFblog.com / July 2014

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In response to the continued rocket fire into Israel from Gaza, the IDF has launched Operation Protective Edge. This is an analysis of the deadly weapons Hamas has in its possession that are responsible for the unbearable situation in Israel.

Hamas, the ruling entity of the Gaza Strip, is responsible for most of the attacks on Israeli population centers. Since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, the terrorist organization has increased the size and strength of its rocket arsenal. Terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip currently possess around 10,000 rockets including long-range missiles such as the M-302. Hamas is in control of 6,000 of these rockets.

The following is a report from IDF intelligence on terrorist organizations rocket arsenals.

Hamas’s Rocket Arsenal

Short range (15-20 km)

    Over 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km)
    Over 2,500 units of smuggled rockets (15 km)
    Approx. 200 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km)
    Approx. 200 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

    Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km)
    Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Medium-Long range (up to 80 km)

    Over 400 units of self-produced medium-range rockets
    Several dozens of rockets (80 km)

Long range (100-200 km)

    Tens of long-range rockets (100-200 km)

In Total: Approximately 6,000 rockets

rocket threat to Israel population

The other main terrorist group in the Gaza Strip is the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who also have a formidable weapons arsenal.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Rocket Arsenal

Short range (15-20 km)

    Approx. 1,000 units of self-produced rockets (15 km)
    Approx. 1,000 units of smuggled rockets (15 km)
    Approx. 300 units of self-produced Grad rockets (20 km)
    Approx. 100 units of smuggled Grad rockets (20 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

    Approx. 200 units of self-produced improved Grad rockets (45 km)
    Approx. 600 units of smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Medium-Long range (up to 80 km)

    Over 100 units of self-produced medium-range rockets
    Several medium-long range rockets (80 km)

In Total: Approximately 5,500 rockets

Other Terrorist Organizations

Short range (15-20 km)

    Hundreds of self-produced and smuggled rockets including Grad rockets (15 km)

Medium range (up to 45 km)

    Dozens of self-produced and smuggled improved Grad rockets (45 km)

Total number of rockets in the hands of Gaza terrorists: Approximately 10,000

Hamas Exploits Civilians

Hamas uses civilian infrastructure to store and hide these weapons. The terrorist group uses the densely packed civilian areas of the Gaza Strip to embed its weapons arsenal and command centers. (See video below.) In order to target these terror sites and limit civilian casualties, the IDF uses precision attacks and provides warnings of strikes in advance.


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