Israel: Hamas still has 5,000 rockets in its arsenal

Hamas Rocket Explosion - Photo by Alfredas

Despite three weeks of relentless attacks by Israeli forces to destroy their arsenal of weapons, Hamas militants in Gaza may still have nearly 5,000 rockets, enough to keep firing at Israeli cities for weeks.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Hamas started the conflict on July 8 with about 10,000 rockets. Since then, the militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets and mortars toward Israel and Israeli forces have destroyed about 3,000, estimated Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF’s spokesman.

Israel has struggled to destroy Hamas’ arsenal because Hamas had built an extensive underground network of tunnels and bunkers designed to conceal weapons caches and firing positions.

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