The Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have suffered substantial damage and expended a significant proportion of their rocket arsenal during Operation ‘Protective Edge’, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

By weakening Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the IDF operation has reduced pressure on the Israeli government to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip: a move that would allow the militants to rearm more rapidly.

The IDF said in a 5 August statement that the militants fired a third of the 10,000 rockets they were estimated to have at the start of the operation, saying 3,356 were launched against Israel and another 356 at its ground forces operating inside the Gaza Strip. The IDF said they had destroyed another third of the rockets before they could be launched. […]