Tuesday, October 16, 2012

For first time, Gazans fired anti-aircraft missile at IAF

Israeli media is reporting that Gaza fighters fired shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missiles last week at Israeli aircraft, according to Yediot Aharonot. The missiles missed and no injuries or damage were reported.

Sources said the missiles were probably the Strela-2/SA7, a Soviet-era shoulder mounted missile.

This is the first time these missiles were used by Gaza terrorists, althoughthere have been reports that Gaza groups had them for years. As early as 2001, Israel intercepted a weapons ship headed towards Gaza that included Strela missiles.

When Libya fell there were numerous reports about sophisticated weapons flooding the region.Last January, weapons smugglers in the Sinai claimed that they sold thousands of surface-to-air missiles from Libya to Gaza - but kept some for themselves for eventual use against Egyptian forces.