Rocket hits southern Israel, Hamas gets Tel Aviv in its sights

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday. The rocket landed in an open area adjacent to a Jewish town. There were no injuries or damage reported in the attack.

It was the first Gaza rocket attack on Israel in over a month.

In related news, Israel's Ma'ariv daily newspaper reported that Hamas is currently testing improved versions of its homegrown Kassam rocket that are capable of hitting the Greater Tel Aviv area.

Israeli intelligence officials cited in the article said Hamas is using this period of relative calm to rebuild its stockpile of missiles, and part of that effort includes importing long-range rockets and parts to improve the range of its own missiles.

If Hamas obtains the ability to strike Tel Aviv and another large-scale conflict erupts in either Gaza or southern Lebanon, Israel's largest population center could find itself under attack from both Hamas in the south and Hizballah in the north.

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