The Hamas terrorist organization on Monday morning conducted a rocket test in northern Gaza, firing a missile into the Mediterranean Sea as part of its domestic development of lethal projectiles.
Monday's rocket test comes a day after an Arab terrorist stabbed an Israeli at a gas station on Highway 443 northwest of Jerusalem, lightly wounding his victim before being shot dead by IDF forces.
Hamas welcomed the stabbing, saying in a statement on Monday that "difficult days await the occupation."
The missile test comes with suspicious timing, after terrorists in Gaza fired rockets at Israel on three separate occasions last week – last Friday night, last Thursday night, and last Saturday night.
Most of the rockets hit near the border area or fell within Gaza territory, possibly indicating that Hamas does not wish to make a full breach of the ceasefire that ended last summer's war if it conducted the launches. In some cases a local group affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) took credit for the attacks, explaining the lackluster performance.
Hamas has long been pressing its rocket research due to an Israeli naval blockade preventing the import of foreign weapons, and an Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels from Sinai that has seen thousands of Gazans expelled in the creation of a "buffer zone."