Islamic Jihad says it has developed long-range rocket

March 16th, 2008 - 5:31 pm ICT by admin  

Tel Aviv, March 16 (DPA) The radical Islamic Jihad organisation threatened to intensify its rocket attacks against Israel, saying in a leaflet Sunday that it has developed a new, longer-range rocket which can strike further into the Jewish state. The organisation also confirmed in the leaflet that three of its militants killed in an Israeli air strike late Saturday were on their way to launch rockets at southern Israel.

The Jihad added that it would continue to fire rockets from the Gaza Strip as a response to Israeli attacks in the West Bank.

Five Islamic Jihad cadres were killed Wednesday in the attacks.

As a result of the deaths of the Jihad members, who were on Israel’s wanted list, the militant organisations intensified their rocket fire, after a comparative lull of several days in which few rockets were launched.

The rockets possessed by the militant organisations, can hit Israeli towns and villages adjacent to the Gaza Strip, and also the coastal city of Ashkelon, about 15 km from the salient, which has recently been struck by Russian-made Grad-type Katyusha missiles.

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