Palestinians on Friday launched longer-range rockets toward Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The attack on Jerusalem was the first on the city since 1970s. In response, the IDF launched airstrikes before dawn Saturday on the Gaza City offices of Prime Minister Ismail Haniya. The offices were closed at the time of the attack.
Along with Premier Haniya’s headquarters, which was destroyed, the Israeli military struck the police and homeland security headquarters of Hamas in Gaza City. The Israeli Air Force also attacked 200 targets overnight including 120 rocket launchers as Operation Pillar of Defense intensified.
Hamas said it has developed “M-75” rockets with a range of approximately 46 miles that were fired toward Jerusalem. On Thursday, Hamas had also used Iranian-build Fajr-5 missiles in an attack on Kiryat Malakhi. Fajr-5 also has a similar range of 46 miles. Most of the rockets fired by Hamas have fallen within 25 miles of the Gaza border (see the map). By using the longer-range rockets, Hamas has been able to target Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. About 30 rockets were also fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Saturday morning.
Iron Dome, the Israeli anti-missile shield, jointly developed by the United States and Israel, has been successful in intercepting 90 percent of Palestinian rockets within its 25-mile zone. In response to rockets reaching Tel Aviv, IDF on Friday deployed the 5th Iron Dome near the city.
Photo credit: Most of rockets fired by Hamas have fallen within 25 miles of Gaza border. Hamas used three longer-range rockets on Friday to hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. (The Washington Post, 17 November)