10 February 2002
Palestinians launch rockets at Israel
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
Early Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2002, Palestinians launched
Kassam II-type rockets on Israel. This is the first time that such
rockets were launched at any Israeli target. The rockets were
launched from Palestinian-controlled area in Gaza, just south of Beit
Hanoun and landed at two sites within the "Green Line".
One of the rockets landed at Kibbutz Saad, at a distance of just
under 6 kilometers from the launch site and another at Moshav Shuva,
about seven kilometers away. This is a range attainable only by a
rocket, and not a mortar shell. The rocket which landed at Saad
penetrated a hole 2-3 meters deep, and carried an explosive head
containing 6 to 10 kilograms of explosive material. Here again the
depth of penetration and the amount of explosives are characteristic
Three rocket launchers were found south of Beit Hanoun by Israeli
forces, all of them with timing devices for launching the rocket. The
third rocket was apparently disabled when an IDF tank fired at the
launchers after the first rockets were fired.
The range of the Kassam II rocket, which is approximately 5 to 8
kilometers, could reach any point in the city of Sderot if fired from
the northern Gaza Strip. If fired from the West Bank, such rockets
could hit many cities within Israel.
Range: 5-8 kilometers
Warhead: 5 kilograms of explosive material.
Caliber: 120 mm
First discovered: 8 rockets were discovered on a truck on its way
from Nablus to Jenin, at a roadblock northeast of Nablus.
Precision: Precise enough to hit a metropolitan target.
Non-conventional capability: possible.
Production: Easy and quick to produce, made with explosive material.
Kassam II rockets and launchers discovered in a truck on its way from Nablus to Jenin (Feb 6, 2002)