Assessing Palestinian Islamic Jihad's Military Capabilities after the August 2022 Conflict

(Foundation for Defense of Democracies) Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is the second-largest terrorist organization in Gaza after Hamas. Over the years, PIJ has strengthened its military capabilities with significant assistance from Iran, with an estimated arsenal of 6,000-8,000 rockets, the majority with a range of up to 40 km. PIJ also possesses the lethal Kornet anti-tank guided missile, which has a range up to 5.5 km. During the August conflict, the rockets fired exposed their poor quality and lack of accuracy; 20% fell inside Gaza. Many of the longer-range rockets deviated from their intended trajectory and fell into the sea. PIJ likely still possesses 5,500 short-range rockets and at least several long-range rockets that can reach central Israel.

2022-08-08 00:00:00

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