Open source information on Hamas’ weapon arsenal is difficult to glean due to the organization’s lack of transparency. MilitaryEdge.org has created broad categories of Hamas weaponry to provide a general sense of capabilities.
During Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Air Force reportedly eliminated much of Hamas’ stockpile of these rockets. As a result of the continued crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, Hamas has been forced to rely more heavily on the locally produced M-75. As of December 2013, the Israel Defense Forces assessed that Hamas was in the possession of “more than 20″ of these rockets.
Roughly a year and a half after the end of Operation Protective Edge, Israeli officials believe that Hamas has replenished its rocket supply, reaching the number of rockets that it had before the operation began. At the start of the summer 2014 conflict, Hamas had approximately 12,000 rockets of various ranges, including long-range rockets. It […]
Some 25 kilometers off the Israeli coastline, under a searing late summer sun, the INS Lahav Sa’ar-5 class missile ship slowed down, coming to a stop near a drilling rig in the Yam Tethys gas field. Nearby, a Rafael-produced Protector unmanned sea vehicle, equipped with a remote control weapons station, sped through the shiny blue […]
An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release to Tehran of tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds is already putting the Jewish state in danger. In recent days, rockets have rained down on Israel from Gaza in the south and the Golan Heights to the north, Israeli […]
Despite reports that Hamas is interested in maintaining the cease-fire with Israel, military officials remain convinced that the Islamist group is working to rebuild its system of underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip. In an interview with Israel Radio, IDF Col. Nochi Mandel, the deputy commander of the Gaza Division, said on Tuesday that Hamas […]
In light of recent regeneration of rocket fire on southern Israeli communities, security officials decided last week to deploy four Iron Dome air defense system batteries in Ashdod, Netivot, Ashkelon and Beersheba. On Thursday night, rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding communities warning of a possible projectile attack. Although the projectile failed to […]
Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Sunday after the latest in a series of Palestinian rocket attacks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the international community of ignoring. The Omar Brigades, a Palestinian group that supports Islamic State, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s salvo, which, like the Israeli air strikes, caused no casualties. Israel closed […]
The Israeli army has deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in several locations in the south, including one near the city of Ashdod, following several incidents of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory. Three rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday evening. Two of them exploded in open areas in a community […]
Israel’s defense establishment knows that the recent “trickles” of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel must be stopped before it becomes a routine occurrence. But while Israel has officially placed the responsibility for Wednesday night’s rocket fire on Gaza’s leadership, Hamas is having a hard time reining in Salafi and jihadist groups in […]
Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, police said on Wednesday, after warning sirens were heard in Israeli towns near the border. There were no casualties, police said. No militant groups in Gaza issued any claims of responsibility. A week ago Gaza militants launched their deepest strike at Israel since a 50-day war of […]
A little under a year since the outbreak of the 50-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Egyptian-mediated truce still holds, but both sides are preparing for renewed hostilities. Hamas fighters are training intensively in the Gaza Strip and detonating explosives right next to the border so they can be heard […]
President Barack Obama, defending the recent Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insists that his negotiators are providing an alternative to war. But the president is only referring to how the deal will defer a nuclear showdown. While that can is kicked down the road for decade, the agreement contains a […]
Hamas has fired more than 1,400 rockets into Israel, putting roughly two-thirds of the population in range, since the most recent round of violence erupted last week. Many of the variants can be traced back to the tenacious weapons smuggling efforts of Iran. When Israel’s navy seized weapons aboard the Klos-C on the Red Sea in early March, it appeared Israeli […]
Early Wednesday morning, a special operations unit of the Israeli navy conducted what appears to be a long-planned boarding operation of a Panamanian-flagged ship, the Klos-C, which was transiting the Red Sea en route to Port Sudan. Members of the Shayetet 13 commando unit (Israel’s version of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL teams) seized “numerous advanced […]
Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]