Story posted: Thursday, 8. November 2007 by Claire Webmaster
Ashkelon city - Thursday November 8, 2007. If Gaza terror groups achieve in launching longer range rockets capable of hitting cities like Ashkelon, home to 120,000, Hamas officials stated that Ashkelon would be next, saying that the group had succeeded in developing rockets capable of hitting the southern city. “We will turn Ashkelon into a ghost city,” stated a Hamas official in the Jabalya refugee camp. “We will use all methods against the Zionist enemy.” Israel’s efforts to target Hamas leadership could lead to attacks with longer-range rockets, creating more damage than Qassams, within a 25 km. radius of Gaza and capable of hitting southern cities like Beersheba and Ashdod. Defense officials have said that terrorists have succeeded in smuggling long-range rockets from Egypt into Gaza through border tunnels, and that Islamic Jihad has a small number of out-of-date Grad-model Katyushas. The group has not yet fired the rockets at their maximum distance, which is 25 km. The groups pledged to continue rocket attacks “until the Zionists flee from Palestine” and that Gaza would become a “graveyard” for IDF soldiers if Israel decided to invade. Photo by Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye.
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