Weapons against Israel: who supplies Hamas’s arsenal?

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The offensive launched on October 7 by Hamas on southern Israel destabilized intelligence networks and the Hebrew government. Many question the capabilities of the Palestinian Islamist group. Through aid from neighboring countries and significant arms flows to the Middle East, Hamas and terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have been able to considerably increase their arsenal over the past fifteen years.

Rockets, assault rifles and drones. A relatively simple arsenal which nevertheless allowed Hamas to carry out a frontal attack on Israeli soil on Saturday October 7. Since its creation in 1991, the terrorist group has experienced an uninterrupted flow of supplies of weapons and ammunition, allowing it in particular to fire rockets from the Gaza Strip. Israel’s defense forces, the IDF, estimate that nearly 2,500 rockets were launched during the first days of the conflict once again pitting the Jewish state against the al-Qassam Brigades (hamas’ armed wing). These funds announced that they had shot twice as much on the single day of October 7, while launching an unprecedented offensive, causing the death of at least 1,300 Israeli civilians, as well as the destruction of several Merkava assault tanks. , buildings and observation posts. In addition to the widely documented land assaults, the use for the first time of paramotors is also noteworthy, such a practice having previously only been observed during training among the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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