Report: Hamas Fires 2 Rockets into Sea, One Week After Attack

Two rockets were fired from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea early on Monday morning as part of the testing process in developing new lethal projectiles for the region's terrorist groups.

The test rockets were fired in the early morning hours, with reports of the launch reaching Israeli media around 7 a.m.

According to the Hebrew language 0404 News, the rockets were fired by Hamas as part of its research and development.

The news site added that the launch took place from the Gush Katif area of Gaza, where the Jewish community resided until it was forcibly expelled by the Israeli government in the 2005 Disengagement plan, which set the stage for Hamas to seize power in 2007 and launch rockets at Israel.

Monday's rocket testing comes just under a week after Gazan terrorists last Tuesday fired a Grad rocket at Israel, hitting near Ashdod.

While Hamas denied involvement in that rocket attack and claimed it had arrested those who fired it, the renewed testing shows that the terrorist group remains committed to expanding its rocket arsenal, meant to lethally rain destruction down upon Israeli civilian centers.

That domestic research has been given greater impetus by the fact that Israel is clamping down on the influx of weapons to the terrorist enclave, meaning the group must develop its own weapons.

Yisrael Beytenu chairperson MK Avigdor Liberman noted during Operation Protective Edge last summer that Hamas's range in 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead was only 15 kilometers towards Sderot, but in 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense Hamas rockets were already nearing in on "the edges of Tel Aviv and Rishon Letzion."

"Now the rockets have already gone past Hadera," said Liberman at the time, referring to a northern town near Haifa located 165 kilometers (102 miles) from Gaza that was targeted by Hamas in the operation.

Aside from the rocket threat, Hamas just last week paved a new attack road a mere 250 meters (820 feet) from the security border, right across from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, with senior Hamas member Fathi Hamad announcing the road is meant to be ready for "the moment to attack."

Along those lines the group announced on Sunday that it intends to abduct IDF soldiers, and that doing so is its prime goal at the moment.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196095

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