Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV this week broadcast a special report featuring masked terrorists continuing to manufacture medium-range missiles in the Gaza Strip, even as the group’s leader purportedly negotiate a long-term ceasefire with Israel.
In the clip, Hamas engineers are seen assembling and polishing M–75 missiles.
The M–75 is based on the Iranian-made Fajr–5 missile. It has a range of 80 km (50 miles) and can hit Jerusalem and most of Greater Tel Aviv. The Fajr–5 sports a 400-pound warhead, and the M–75 is believed to carry a similar payload.
Hamas fired a great many M–75 and other medium-range missiles during this summer’s Gaza war. Nearly all that were predicted to hit populated areas were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.
That Hamas continues to manufacture these weapons is not only a slap in the face of all those now working toward a lasting ceasefire, but a gross violation of Israel’s past signed agreements with the Palestinians, which stipulate that the Gaza Strip is to be a demilitarized area.
The materials used to make these missiles are among those sent into Gaza ostensibly to build facilities and services for the civilian population. That they are instead used to manufacture weapons of war is one of the reasons Israel maintains a limited blockade on Gaza.
Click here to see the Al Aqsa report on Hamas continuing to manufacture M–75 missiles. The linked page is in Hebrew, and the audio of the video is in Arabic, but the images speak for themselves.