Gaza Militants Fire Rocket at Southern Israel, No Injuries

MI official says Gaza has hundreds of rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, and 170,000 projectiles are aimed at Israel from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.

The site of a rocket attack in Sderot in April 2014.
The site of a rocket attack in Sderot in April. Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a Qassam rocket at southern Israel on Wednesday morning, hitting an open area. No casualties or damages were reported.

The rocket comes two days after the head of the Military Intelligence’s research department said that terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have hundreds of rockets with a range of 80 kilometers, enough to hit Tel Aviv and the surrounding Gush Dan area

Altogether, some 170,000 missiles and rockets are currently aimed at Israel from Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said in an address to the Herzliya Conference. However, only about 10,000 of these are medium- or long-range missiles.

“Iran is the principle source of know-how” for these efforts, he said, adding that Hezbollah has the biggest arsenal, with hundreds of long-range missiles, thousands of medium-range and about 100,000 short-range ones.

In April, Gaza militants fired six rockets at southern Israel, one of which hit a street in the city of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries. The Israel Air Force responded with direct strikes on several targets in the Strip and Palestinian officials said two Palestinian security officers were injured in an airstrike on the Nuseirat refugee camp.

In mid-March the Israel Air Force carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to a barrage of dozens of rockets targeting southern Israel. Twenty-nine targets throughout the Strip were hit by Israeli jets after at least 70 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel, causing no casualties.