An interactive map showing Hamas’s rocket range inside Israel

November 16, 2012


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As Gaza-based militants continue firing rockets and mortar rounds into Israel and Israeli forces target suspected rocket sites, this map can help in evaluating the threat Hamas's rockets pose to Israelis. Put together by The Washington Post's graphics team, it depicts regions of Israel color-coded to show which Hamas rockets could theoretically reach them.

One thing the map drives home is why the Israel Defense Forces seem to consider the Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets such a big deal. An article in the Israeli newspaper Maariv details how, according to its sources, Israeli intelligence tracked the Fajr rockets as they were transported from Iran to Gaza. Since then, the Economist says, airstrikes on weapons stockpiles in Gaza have eliminated "dozens, perhaps hundreds" of the rockets.

It's worth noting, though, that Hamas has not had much success with accuracy. Rockets apparently meant for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have missed by significant margins.

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Max Fisher · November 16, 2012