´Hamas manufactured rockets meant to target Knesset´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 06.28.12, 10:03)
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Terrorist released from Israeli prison exposes efforts to produce
Qassam rockets in West Bank during al-Aqsa intifada
The website of Hamas´ military wing on Wednesday published an
interview with an operative who was released from an Israeli prison
in April and returned to Gaza.
Ahmed Akram Salmi exposed what he described as efforts to manufacture
Qassam rockets in the West Bank at the beginning of the al-Aqsa
Salmi said that he introduced methods of manufacturing Qassam rockets
after studying the matter in Gaza. Upon his arrival in the West Bank,
Salmi joined one of Hamas´ military wing cells led by senior
operative Mohammed Arman. Involved in various terrorist attacks in
Jerusalem and Rishon Lezion, Arman was sentenced to 36 life sentences.
According to Salmi, Arman and the other cell members personally
oversaw the manufacturing of rockets near Ramallah. He said they
bought a space where they produced rockets and explosives, as well as
a car which was meant to transport the explosives into Israel.
"The most obvious rocket targets were the Knesset building, the Ben
Gurion Airport and other cities, the most prominent of which was Tel
Aviv," he said.
According to Salmi, the cell manufactured close to 20 "Qassam 1" type
rockets ready to be fired. He explained that the main obstacle for
the production of a larger amount of rockets was operation Defensive
Shield which had been launched in 2002.
The cell then decided to prioritize the production of explosives over
rockets. Salmi said that a mass fire that erupted in the factory
after pipes accidentally detonated the explosives had ended the
The "Qassam 1" rocket has a range of up to five kilometers. In the
past, Palestinian terror cells claimed they launched Qassams from the
West Bank, but this has never been confirmed by officials. (Copyright
2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/28/12)
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