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Hamas Aims for Israeli Natural Gas Field

IDF denies claims rockets hit gas field 30 km from Gaza, as Hamas takes aim again at Israel's economic stability.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/20/2014, 6:35 PM

Gas field (illustrative)
Gas field (illustrative)
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Hamas rockets have not hit an Israeli natural gas field, the IDF stated Wednesday, after the terror group's "military wing" boasted two false hits about 30 kilometer (19 miles) from Gaza. 

Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigades claimed on its website that two rockets struck the Noa gas installation, which is owned by Nobly Energy and Delek. 

Israeli authorities denied the claim, however, in statements from both military and corporate sources.

"The gas is flowing, business as usual," a spokeswoman for Nobel said in an email to Reuters. Delek has not yet commented on the claims. According to the daily, Noa, in Yam Tethys, rests in a largely depleted gas field.

The claim, while false, marks yet another attempt by Hamas to win in the economic and PR war against Israel. 

While Hamas has peddled its false claims over "civilian casualties" in Gaza to international media and human rights organizations for the PR side of its offensive, the terror group has teamed up with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to promote economic sanctions as well. 

Hamas has falsely claimed before to have hit Ben-Gurion airport, sparking flights to Israel to be stopped for several days and a worldwide scare on traveling to the Jewish state. 

The move was hailed as a "great victory" for the terror group.

"The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel's failure," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said last month. 

Recently, additional reports revealed that the PA has jumped on board as well, offering heavily subsidized a boycott of Israeli products - despite being 4.8 billion dollars in debt to Israel - in an attempt to encourage a global economic embargo.