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      PA Terrorists Develop New Rockets

      Though it is customary to denote all Gaza-fired rockets to the Negev and Ashkelon as Kassams, various terrorist groups launch different types of even more powerful rockets with different names.
      By Hillel Fendel
      First Publish: 2/27/2006, 8:08 AM / Last Update: 2/27/2006, 10:11 AM

      This past weekend, Arab terrorists in Gaza fired towards Sderot several rockets known as the "Shihab-3," causing no damage. Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reports that the Shihab boasts a larger diameter and warhead than the regular Kassam, though its range is the same 9 kilometers. The Shihab is fired by the "Shahid Hussein Abiat Cells," named for the first victim of a targeted Israeli air attack in November 2000. Shihab-3 missiles were also fired at Sderot by the Al-Aqsa Brigades three weeks ago.

      The 3-kilometer Saria-2 rocket, developed by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, is designed to be fired in sets of 12, and scatters shrapnel over a radius of 13 meters. So reports weaponsurvey.com.

      The 30-kilogram Nasser-3 is manufactured by Hamas, and can achieve a range of 6-9 kilometers. Its five-kilogram explosive warhead contains explosives, nuts, bolts, and metal shards, and is more efficient than other rockets in detonating on impact. On June 28, 2004, a Nasser-3 rocket fired from Gaza at Sderot killed Mordechai Yosefov and his grandson Afik Zahavi.

      Other rockets in use against Israel are the Aksa-3, fired by the Al-Aksa Brigades, which claims it has a range of 17 kilometers; the Tzumud, in use by the PFLP, and recently fired towards Sderot; and the Kuds, with a range of 12-16 kilometers, fired by an Islamic Jihad group towards Ashkelon and Sderot.

      The Al-Batar anti-tank missile, equipped with a powerful 3.5-kilogram warhead but with a range of just 3 kilometers, has caused heavy damage to Israeli homes.

      The National Resistance Brigade, which belongs to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), has fired rockets they call the Najam-3 toward Sderot.