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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Official: Hamas Rockets Are Iranian-Made


Everyone needs to understand that the current conflict between Israel and the terror group Hamas right now in Gaza is a precursor to a much larger coming regional war. That war will involve Iran and Hezbollah.

In fact, Iran is already involved. From the Jerusalem Post:

The deputy leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhleh, has said that rockets fired by Hamas and the "Palestinian resistance" at Israeli towns and cities are of Iranian origin, Lebanon's el-Nashra newspaper reported on Monday.

Some of the weapons were manufactured locally in an Iranian factory, Nakhleh said, adding that the rockets Hamas has fired at Tel Aviv have a range of "up to 80 km."

However, Nakhleh denied that the escalation of violence by Hamas and Islamic Jihad equated to the implementation of a scenario devised by Iran.

"Did Iran tell Israel to kill [Hamas military wing de facto leader Ahmed] Jabari?" Nakhleh said.

Israel has said that the long-range rockets Hamas has fired at more northern targets including Tel Aviv are Iranian-made Fajr-5 artillery rockets.

Iran's Lebanese proxy Hezbollah has also fired Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets -- which the terror group named Khaibar-1 rockets -- at Israeli targets during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. With a range of approximately 75 km and a 45 kg warhead, the Fajr-5 is launched from a mobile platform that contains up to four rockets per launcher.

In a speech at the weekend, Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah said praised Hamas for firing Iranian-made Fajr-5 artillery rockets at Israeli targets, saying that the launch of the Iranian missiles was a "major development" in Hamas’s conflict with Israel.

And this is only the beginning.

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