TEL AVIV Ñ Hamas has fired its new Kassam-4 missile from the northern Gaza Strip on
Sunday toward Israel. The short-range missile reached the outskirts of
Ashkelon, the largest city in the area.
Israeli military sources said the Kassam-4 achieved a range of close to
20 kilometers. The missile was said to have landed in a beach area one
kilometer south of Ashkelon's power station. Nobody was injured.
"The goal is to strike the power station," a military source said. "If
Hamas got this far, the rest should be no problem."
Hamas has been employing at least three Kassam models in strikes against
Israel over the last two years. The Kassam-2 is said to have a range of
between six and eight kilometers. The Kassam-3 has a range of up to 12
kilometers. The military sources said the ranges of both models have also
In July, Hamas tested a new Kassam missile in the Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. The
missile was fired into the Mediterranean Sea and was said to have reached a
range of about 15 kilometers.
The military sources said Hamas has tried to establish Kassam missile
facilities in the West Bank. In the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the
sources said, Israeli troops found the warhead of a Kassam missile in a