Hamas har prøveskutt raketter som kan nå Tel Aviv. Det sa Israels militære etterretningssjef til Knesset i en lukket høring tirsdag.

Hamas militants in Gaza have successfully test-fired in recent days an Iranian rocket able to reach metropolitan Tel Aviv, the country’s military intelligence chief said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee that the rocket could fly 37 miles (60 kilometers), which would put Israel’s largest urban center at risk, Israeli media reported.

Until now, rockets fired from Gaza have reached up to 25 miles (40 kilometers), putting one-eighth of Israel’s population within rocket range.

No further details were immediately available from Yadlin’s testimony before the closed session.

Defense officials say Palestinian militants in Gaza generally test-fire rockets into the Mediterranean Sea.

It was not clear whether the rocket actually flew 37 miles (60 kilometers), or why Yadlin described the rocket as being of Iranian origin.

Hizbollah antas å ha tusenvis av raketter i Sør-Libanon, hvorav noen kan nå det sørlige Israel.

Israel har utviklet et system som oppdager kortdistanseraketter og eliminerer dem før nedslag. Systemet, kalt Iron Dome, ble prøveskutt på ettersommeren, og skal være operativt i slutten av 2010.


Intel chief: Gaza rockets can reach metro Tel Aviv