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Hamas arsenal hit but rocket know-how intact

Published on Nov 26, 2012 6:16 AM
A Palestinian woman walks past as Hamas policemen sit atop their destroyed headquarters in Gaza City Nov 25, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The distinctive whoosh of a longer-range rocket leaving Gaza set sirens wailing in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem within minutes, as Hamas militants broke new ground in the fight against Israel.

And although the Islamists' firepower was hard hit during its eight-day confrontation with Israel, Hamas has valuable technical knowledge at its fingertips which could be used to rebuild its arsenal.

In the first hours of Israel's bombardment of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, officials said the air force had destroyed the lion's share of the enclave's arsenal of rockets with a range longer than 40km.

"The army took out most of the rockets aimed at central Israel and thousands that were aimed at southern Israel," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told pilots who took part in Gaza sorties on Sunday.

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