Gaza: Hamas Fires Fourth 'Test' Rocket in Two Days

IDF says another rocket fired into the Red Sea Thursday morning, as Hamas seeks to 'increase rocket launching capabilities.'

Ari Soffer ,

Rocket fire from Gaza
Rocket fire from Gaza
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The IDF has confirmed that Hamas fired yet another rocket from Gaza towards the Red Sea Thursday morning.

It is the fourth such launch in the past two days alone, part of a series of tests by the Islamist terrorist group to improve its rocket capabilities.

"Moments ago, #IDF Active Defense system identified a rocket launch from central #Gaza into the sea for the 4th time in the past 24 hours," the IDF announced on its Twitter feed earlier this morning.

"Indication suggests #Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities."

Since the end of Operation Protective Edge this summer - during which an estimate two thirds of Hamas's rocket arsenal was either expended or destroyed - rocket fire from the Islamist-ruled territory has all but stopped. A few isolated incidents since the ceasefire implemented at the end of August have been blamed on smaller terrorist factions.

That said, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad began rebuilding their capabilities in earnest from the moment the ceasefire went into effect, and analysts fear it is just a matter of time before hostilities recommence.

Footage from Gaza in the days following the end of the 50-day war with Israel showed terrorists repairing their tunnel network inside Gaza and vowing to rebuild their military capabilities.

Meanwhile, talks in Cairo aimed at extending the ceasefire appear to have hit a dead-end.