Diplomacy & defense

Palestinian militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, carry mock-rockets at a rally at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014
The test comes ten days after two rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israeli territory

Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas on Monday test fired at least one long-range missile into the Mediterranean sea of the coast of the territory, Israeli media reported.

Israeli communities close to the Gaza border reported hearing detonations originating from the coastal enclave, Channel 2 reported.

Hamas, considered a terrorist group by Israel, regularly test fires rockets within the Gaza Strip in an attempt to improve range and accuracy, with at least 30 short-range projectiles launched in June, the Times of Israel reports.

Monday's test launch comes just over a week after two rockets fired from the Gaza strip landed in Israeli territory. 

The first rocket landed on a residential street in the Israeli city of Sderot, with a second projectile landing in an open area some some 20 kilometers southwest of the city the next day.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Israel responded to the incidents with airstrikes targeting Hamas positions in the north and south Gaza Strip, prompting a warning from Hamas that it would not "sit idly by."

An unnamed Hamas source later told Israel Radio that the group was not interested in an escalation and would rein in splinter groups responsible for the recent rocket fire.

Both Hamas and other splinter Islamic organizations have launched rocket attacks into Israeli territory in the past.

Israel says that it hold Hamas responsible for all projectile fire coming from its territory.

(Staff with agencies)


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  • Michael Farmer
    October 18th 2016 - 09:22pm

    Dick, that you are unable to parse and understand the question "But can children vote, Dick?" is clear.

  • Michael Farmer
    October 18th 2016 - 01:16pm

    But can children vote, Dick?

  • Michael Farmer
    October 17th 2016 - 10:40pm

    Children can vote, Dick? ... I know Settler couples can.

  • richardthe lionheart
    October 17th 2016 - 07:19pm

    Yes Israel has rockets. Nothing wrong in testing rockets. Israel tests there rockets on Hamas and the scum who voted for them..The difference is Mickey..Israel's rockets are guided to hit terrorist targets in Gaza,, ( very successfully) over 2000 dead HAMAS voters.. Hamas fired over 11000 unguided rockets into Israel...each one a crime against humanity...Let's hope HAMAS does not attempt to fire any of these rockets into Israel again, otherwise there will be another 2000 odd dead muslim Hamas voters...

  • Michael Farmer
    October 17th 2016 - 05:17pm

    Nothing wrong in testing rockets into their own sea. No doubt Israel has rockets itself that have been tested.