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Thursday, October 11, 2012

By the way, "moderate" Hamas fired dozens of rockets towards Israeli civilians this week

You might not have known it from watching the news, but Hamas (jointly with Islamic Jihad and other terror groups) shot over sixty rockets and mortars towards Israeli communities this week.

Monday:
Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip fired some 55 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel early Monday morning. The shells landed in communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries, although two buildings were lightly damaged and several goats were killed due to an explosion in an animal corner.

Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Ansar al-Quds group have claimed responsibility for Monday morning's attack on the south. They claimed the attack was a response to the IAF's airstrike on Gaza on Sunday.
Tuesday:
Two rockets fired from Gaza exploded in open areas near Sderot. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in Netivot in an open area. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.
Wednesday:
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area near Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.
Gaza terrorists fired a rocket at Netivot on Wednesday evening. The shell landed in an open area between Netivot and Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported
GANSO says there were four rockets fired last night.

Overnight, 4 HMRs fired from MA toward the Green Line. No injuries were reported.

I have been noting that Hamas has been working with other terror groups in Gaza. These attacks have been explicit joint operations:
Ahmed Modlal, an Islamic Jihad official said that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are working together. He stressed that the two terrorist groups are coordinated on most military matters; however, they occasionally hold meetings in order to establish joint political policy within the Palestinian public.

"Joint action between the Defenders of al-Aqsa and Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades is a good way to illustrate the Palestinian resistance," he said. "We have a joint operation room in order for us to better respond to Israeli aggression with one united national plan."

Top Politburo delegate in Gaza Mahmoud al-Zahar also confirmed that Hamas was coordinating operations with other Gaza-based Palestinian organizations in order to "respond to the Israeli aggression."
Yes, this is the same Hamas that Time magazine claims is moderating.

The Gaza NGO Safety Office consistently refers to these rockets as "HMRs," or "home-made rockets." Here's a video of the rockets from the Hamas website - you can judge how "home-made" they seem to be: