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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip are bolstering their arsenal with Katyusha rockets that can strike targets well inside the Jewish state, an Israeli military official said on Friday.
The official, who asked not to be identified, said Gaza militants had smuggled up to a few dozen of the rockets across the coastal strip’s border with Egypt through underground tunnels.
Palestinian militants in Gaza have long smuggled in arms from neighboring Egypt.
Gaza militants regularly fire makeshift rockets across the border into Israel, but the crude short-range devices are rarely deadly and often fail to make it across the border.
An increase in the use of Katyusha rockets could trigger a harsh response from Israel, which has already intensified its own artillery barrages at sites in Gaza from where homemade rockets are fired.