The Middle East Newsline reports, based on accounts from highly placed sources in Israel’s intelligence community, Hamas likely will deploy missiles and rockets capable of striking the commercial center of the Jewish state.
Israeli military sources confirm that the intelligence community has acquired or would soon procure Iranian-origin missiles and rockets that could strike Tel Aviv. Hamas received its first shipment of the Fajr-4 rocket, with a range of at least 55 miles..
“Hamas has been bolstering its strategic capability and they have missiles that can hit major cities,” a military source said.
Hamas has acquired Fajr-3 and Fajr-4 rockets from Tehran in mid to late 2008. The Fajr-3 has a range of 27 miles and the Fajr-4 can travel 43.5 miles. Both were used by Hezbollah in its 2006 war with Israel.
Hamas has sought the Fajr-3 and Fajr-4 to strike military bases and strategic facilities in southern and central Israel. The sources cited Tel Aviv, 40 miles from the Gaza Strip, and the nuclear reactor in Dimona, about 50 miles away.
The Fajr-4 is a 220 mm rocket that carries a warhead of up to 154 lbs.
Israel’s military has sought to kill commanders of Hamas missile squads. Thus far, virtually every city in southern and central Israel has been alerted to the prospect of a Hamas missile attack. Officials said Tel Aviv, Rehovot and Rishon LeZion have been warning residents to prepare shelters in case of an attack.
“We cannot ignore the fact that the rocket firing has reached cities close to Tel Aviv, such as Yavne and Ashkelon,” Moshe Tiemkin, chairman of the civil defense committee in the Tel Aviv municipality, said. “We must be prepared and ready.”
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