Fatah's Samaria Rockets Threaten Central Israel
As Hamas enjoys a respite from IDF retaliation during an Olmert-agreed ceasefire after having fired hundreds of Kassam rockets, the Fatah group has announced it also has missiles - in Samaria.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 11/30/2006, 1:58 PM / Last Update: 11/29/2006, 7:45 PM
Fatah’s Al-Aksa Brigade displayed the new missiles, which the group calls Jundalla (Allah’s soldiers), at a press conference held for the foreign wire services Tuesday.
Rockets in Judea and Samaria would potentially put cities in the coastal plain, Israel’s international airport, and Jerusalem all within striking range (illustrative photo above).
The Fatah terrorists, located in Palestinian Authority-assigned Shechem (Nablus), said that they were prepared to begin firing the rockets at Israeli towns.
At the press conference, to which Arab correspondents working for Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France Presse were invited, twenty members of the terrorist group brandished at least four of the new rockets.
The five-foot long rockets have a range of more than two miles and carry at least 6.6 pounds of explosives, the terrorists claimed.
“We have a certain number of these rockets and we are going to use them when the time is right,” they told the newsmen.
Abu Oudai, a chief rocket coordinator for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Judea and Samaria, told WorldNetDaily in July that his group intended to place all of Israel’s main cities and strategic sites within rockets’ range. "Our goal is to cover all Israeli regions and to bring them inside the distance of our rockets," Shechem resident Abu Oudai said. "Every Israeli site or city is inside our capabilities and if some sites are not yet, they will be very soon. The Ben-Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem every site and city will be targeted. We are speaking about a new era in the conflict between us and the enemy."
A rocket factory in Jenin was uncovered during an IDF operation a year ago, but recent intelligence assessments have indicated that attaining rocket-launching capabilities in Samaria is a top goal for all of the PA’s terror groups.