Palestinians Fire Longer-Range Rocket Deeper into Israel

[New York Times] Steven Erlanger - Palestinians fired a Katyusha rocket into Israel east of Gaza on Sunday that landed in Netivot, 6.8 miles east of Gaza. The Katyusha, a factory-manufactured missile with a longer range than the Kassam, better accuracy and a warhead of some 11 pounds, must be smuggled into Gaza rather than made there. The Israeli Army said four Katyushas were fired from Gaza before - one was fired at the city of Ashkelon a year ago. The Katyusha has a range of 7.4 to 12.4 miles, as opposed to the Kassam's range of 5 to 7.4 miles. The Katyusha was used extensively by Hizbullah in southern Lebanon against Israel in the August 2006 war.

2007-10-08 01:00:00

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