Hamas Has Replenished Its Rocket Arsenals, Israeli Officials Say

(Times of Israel) Avi Issacharoff - Roughly a year and a half after the end of the 2014 Gaza War, Israeli officials believe that Hamas has replenished its rocket supply, reaching the number of rockets that it had before the conflict. At the start of the war, Hamas had 12,000 rockets, including long-range rockets. It fired 4,600 rockets during the 50-day war, and 4,000 more were hit from the air by Israel. That left it with one-third of its original arsenal. Since that time Hamas has worked intensively to replenish its rocket arsenal. While Israeli officials now assess that Hamas has the number of rockets that it had in June 2014, they believe most of the rockets are of relatively short range and of lower quality. The new rockets contain smaller quantities of explosives due to the tunnel closures by Egypt which limited the import of raw materials.

2016-03-07 00:00:00

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