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Get your ‘slightly used’ rocket debris

Enterprising Israeli sells parts of Hamas missile that hit Tel Aviv online

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Sappers examine a rocket fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon, Sunday, July 13, 2014 (photo credit: Israel Police/Twitter)
Sappers examine a rocket fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon, Sunday, July 13, 2014 (photo credit: Israel Police/Twitter)

Tired of collecting stamps, coins or souvenir spoons? How about some Hamas missile debris. Pieces of a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel by the terrorist organization are now on sale on the Israeli website HappySale.

Uri Blau reports for Mashable that an Israeli named Yochay Benarie uploaded a picture of the debris on Monday with an explanation that it had fallen in central Tel Aviv on Saturday.

“It was shot down by the amazing Iron Dome defense system. Right after the sirens went off a loud BOOM was heard, and several seconds later several pieces of debris fell from the sky. My dog was crazy scared, and my GF was screaming that I should not go outside cause I’ll be killed. This was totally worth it. If you want a souvenir from these days of sirens in Tel Aviv, send me a message,” Benarie wrote.

The asking price is $150 or best offer for the “slightly used” artifact of war.

HappySale founder and CEO Doron Nir said he had no doubt that the ad is for real. “I wasn’t surprised because sometime people try to sell crazy shit. A few months ago we had a guy uploading a photo of loads of weed, which we took down. In this case I have no reason to be suspicious so we leave it on,” he told Blau.

Indeed, it is quite possible for a citizen to get a hold of missile debris. “The rocket piece in question may be debris from a rocket intercepted by Iron Dome, which can lead to debris being sprayed in a large perimeter,” a security source told The Times of Israel. “In such a case, it is conceivable that a resident may have reached the debris before a Home Front Command or police officer manages to arrive on scene.”

According to the IDF, some 1,260 missiles have been launched at Israel by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8. Of those, 984 have hit Israel and 228 have been intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.

The IDF is discouraging others from looking to make a quick buck from missile debris, which can be dangerous. “The Home Front Command urges residents to refrain from touching debris or shrapnel from rockets in order to prevent injury from dangerous explosives. In many cases, the IDF can also use rocket debris for intelligence gathering,” the IDF Spokesman said.

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