Hamas is testing medium to long range missiles that are designed to reach Tel Aviv, Ynet has learned. The group manufactures its own 8-inch M75 rockets and stores them in special caches in the Gaza Strip.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Monday that while there is calm in Gaza, Hamas continues to enhance its capabilities "less through tunnels and more through self-production."
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Nevertheless, the terrorist group is interested in maintaining calm in the south that has persisted in the eight months since Operation Pillar of Defense , partly due to pressures from Cairo.
Last month Hamas thwarted a protest flotilla that was meant to leave Gaza en route to Europe with Gaza-made produce and textiles.
The group wants to retain the power to decide on the next round of violence and is taking steps against rival factions in Gaza such as the Iran-funded Islamic Jihad .
During the course of Operation Pillar of Defese, Hamas fired several rockets at central Israel. One of those hit a residential building in Rishon Lezion leaving two people wounded. Severe damage was caused to the building.