Hamas is testing medium to long range missiles that are designed to reach Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The group manufactures its own 8-inch M75 rockets and stores them in special caches in the Gaza Strip.
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Monday that while there is calm in Gaza, Hamas continues to enhance its capabilities "less through tunnels and more through self-production."
Nevertheless, the Islamist group is interested in maintaining calm in the south that has persisted in the eight months since Operation Pillar of Defense , partly due to pressures from Cairo.
Hamas succeeded in firing a number of the M-75-type medium-range projectiles at greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the eight-day, Operation Pillar of Defense in November.
More recently an M-75 landed south of Ashkelon
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