Israel’s Military Intelligence warns about Hamas’ growing military power, saying the movement has recently test fired a missile capable of reaching targets in Tel Aviv.
Military Intelligence chief Major-General Amos Yadlin told the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday that Hamas possesses in its arsenal a rocket with the range of 60 kilometers, Haaretz reported.
He said the missile was fired into the Mediterranean Sea, but could not confirm whether the rocket was manufactured in Gaza or was brought into the Strip from abroad.
Israeli security cabinet minister Benny Begin warned that ‘although the cities of the South are no different from Tel Aviv’, the 60-kilometer missile ranges indicated that Hamas was ‘continually striving’ for greater military capabilities, The Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.
"As long as there is no comprehensive agreement concerning border crossings, the deterrence we achieved during Operation Cast Lead will grow weaker," he added.
Last December, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead against the Gaza Strip during which it pounded the populated territory for three weeks.
The all-out war killed at least 1,300 people, including women and children, and left thousand of others displaced.
In response to Israel’s aerial and ground incursion, Hamas fired its Grad-type rockets, Qassam rockets, and mortar shells hitting towns some 40 kilometers from the Strip.