Hamas has produced several dozen short-range rockets that can carry a relatively heavy explosive load, Army Radio reported Tuesday.
The report described the rocket as “completely different than any weaponry we know from the direction of the Gaza Strip, regarding the weight of the explosive payload.”
According to the report, in the event of a future conflict between Israel and Hamas, the new rocket would have the most effect on the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip.
Weapons smuggling into the Hamas-run enclave from the Sinai Peninsula has decreased due to the group’s efforts to improve ties with Egypt, leading Hamas to invest in producing its own rockets. Hamas has boasted of its growing arsenal, testing its stockpile on an almost regular basis since the conclusion of 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
During the war, 4,594 rockets were fired from the Strip toward Israel. Near the end of the conflict, Hamas focused on short-range mortar fire with deadly results, killing both soldiers and civilians who had little or no warning of incoming projectiles.
Although smuggling across the Egyptian border has decreased, Israel continues to intercept illicit goods heading for Hamas on a regular basis at crossings from Israel into the Strip.