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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New York Times: 600+ Rockets And Missiles Fired Into Israel by Hamas = Cease Fire

Hamas appears to have ended a two-year cease-fire that had held since the three-week Israeli military operation in Gaza ended in early 2009. But it was unclear if policy had shifted; there have been signs of a rift between Hamas’s hard-line military wing and the government, which may have led to the escalation. Hamas statements have said the recent attacks were a response to “ongoing Israeli crimes.”
New York Times, Rockets From Gaza Hit Deep Into Southern Israel

Let's take a look at the numbers:



The IDF Blog has posted the numbers for 2010 Statistics: Rocket and Mortar Fire from the Gaza Strip as of October 7th, 7 Oct 2010





2010
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Qassam
16
6
24
5
11
Mortars
11
0
5
7
3
Grads
0
0
0
0
0
Total
27
6
29
12
14






Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Total
Qassam
15
9
6
14
106
Mortars
1
1
7
15
50
Grads
0
6
0
1
7
Total
16
16
13
30
163

That chart does not include October-December,

Here is the complete number of  rockets fired into Israel for the year 2010:
Throughout the year 2010, over 235 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.



Here are the numbers for 2009:


2009
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Qassams
271
43
54
5
3
3
Mortars
132
41
22
3
15
0
Grads
120
4
0
0
0
0
Total
523
88
76
8
18
3
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Total
1
1
14
6
13
7
421
2
6
3
3
0
2
229
0
0
0
0
0
0
124
3
7
17
9
13
9
774



So figure:
About 251 in 2009 after Operation Cast Lead
About 235 in 2010
About 130 this year so far.
That's about 616 rockets and mortars fired over the past 2 years during the Hamas ceasefire.

Of course, compared to the years before Operation Cast Lead, that would seem like a ceasefire.



2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Qassams
44
168
315
197
1071
Mortars
617
679
1213
281
57
Grads
0
0
0
1
2
Total
661
847
1528
479
1130


2007
2008
2009
2010
Qassams
1071
1553
421
106
Mortars
1357
1685
229
50
Grads
5
40
124
7
Total
2433
3278
774
163

No matter how you look at it, there simply has not been a ceasefire.

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