Israel Fears Rocket Attack on Nuke Plant

Size, sophistication of Hamas rocket arsenal shocks Israeli security forces
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2009 3:03 AM CST
Israel's nuclear reactor at Dimona.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Israeli officials, shaken by the size and sophistication of Hamas' rocket arsenal, fear the country's nuclear center at Dimona may be targeted, the Times of London reports. The group's new, more accurate, Grad missiles, smuggled in by land and sea, can penetrate significantly farther into Israel than the crude, home-made Qassam missiles it once relied on.

Israeli officials believe that Hamas has dozens of even longer-range Iranian-made missiles. Security forces say air strikes have wiped out a third of Hamas' arsenal, but the group is believed to still have thousands of Qassam missiles and hundreds of Grads. Hamas has continued firing missile into southern Israel during the assault on Gaza and warns that more surprises are in store for Israel.