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Hamas Deploys Forces To Prevent Rocket Fire

Gaza's eastern frontier is seeing increased military activity from both Israel and Hamas as the latter seeks to clamp down on rogue rocket attacks.
A Palestinian youth holds a model of a Hamas-made rocket during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, December 14, 2012. It was one of the first rallies Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas allowed to take place in the West Bank since 2007, when his Islamist rivals Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR3BKFO
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At the time of this writing, Israel had shelled several Gaza Strip locations in response to rockets of unknown origin being launched against its territories from Gaza’s eastern border, in a new wave of what Palestinians have come to describe as “sporadic fire” between the two sides.

The Israeli air force dominated Gaza’s airspace during the last war of November 2012, conducting an average of 1,500 sorties in which it bombed various parts of the Strip, destroying 19 of Hamas’ headquarters and field offices, as well as targeting 980 underground guided-rocket platforms, 140 smuggling tunnels, 42 command centers, 26 weapons manufacturing and stockpiling sites, in addition to dozens of short- and medium-range rocket systems.

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