The IDF spokesman’s office circulates a graphic showing the range of the M-302 rocket, thought to have been the projectile that hit the northern city of Hadera Tuesday night.
Hamas’s long-range rockets, capable of striking Tel Aviv and beyond, include Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets — built in Iran in segments in order to facilitate smuggling and for the express use of a terror organization — or self-made M-75s. Tal Inbar of the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies describes the M-75 as a 133mm rocket equipped with a 90-kilogram warhead.
According to Brig. Gen. Itay Brun, military intelligence’s top analyst, there are several hundred of these sorts of rockets in Gaza.
The Grad rockets, of which Hamas has thousands, carry a smaller warhead, up to 20 kilograms, and have a maximum range of roughly 40 kilometers. They are factory-made, Inbar says, and are equipped with a fragmentation warhead.
In the past 24 hours, Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & other major cities. M302 can strike most of Israel pic.twitter.com/fHJgGsVT7V
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) July 9, 2014
The Kassam rockets, he adds, exist in a quantity “too large to count,” and, though very basic, their flight time is too short for Iron Dome to effectively combat.
Hamas also possesses an array of anti-tank missiles and heavy anti-aircraft machine guns.
— Mitch Ginsburg