The Middle East conflict heats up as Iran sends boatload of Fajr-5 missiles to Gaza to launch at Tel Aviv after it admits to pulling strings in Gaza crisis. Iran’s action could escalate the conflict as the Israeli Air Force targets more launch sites.
From DEBKA Files: “An Iranian 150-ton freighter departed Bandar Abbas port recently with a cargo of 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajr-5 rockets for the Gaza Strip. The ship turned toward the Bab al-Mandeb Straits and the Red Sea.”
From IDFNADESK and DEBKA Files: “The Iran’s new Fajr-5′s have a 200-kilo warhead, which packs a bigger punch than the 175 kilos of explosives delivered by the rockets currently in usage with the Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.” To extend the missiles’ range to cover the 85 kilometers from Gaza to Tel Aviv, militants removed a part of the weapons payloads to make the systems lighter. The Fajr-5 has a range that threatens more than 3.5 million Israelis. Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF believes it has destroyed a significant portion of Hamas' Fajr-5 arsenal.
From DEBKA Files: Tehran continues sending fresh supplies of disassembled rockets to replenish its allies' weapon stocks, which the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami depleted in their round-the-clock attacks on Israel since 10 November 2012.
From WND: While the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants escalates and rockets continue hitting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Iran announced recently that its missiles were being employed against the Israeli state.
Israel has known all along that Iran is supplying Hamas in Gaza because Iran is the only country that makes the kind of rockets being fired into Israel. This just shows Israel’s restraint. However, if Iran’s actions continue, Israel may be force to strike Syria and Iran’s cargo ships to stop the flow of weapons.
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