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Inside Hamas' Arsenal: Rockets, drones, loitering munitions and tactics deployed in the assault on Israel

10th October 2023 - 16:50 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Hamas claims its Shebab loitering munition is capable of avoiding the Israeli Iron Dome interceptors due to its ability to fly close to the ground. (Photo: Hamas/Telegram)

Hamas has stunned experts with a sophisticated assault on Israel, leveraging Iranian-backed weaponry and training. The attack, featuring swarms of rockets and UAVs, has revealead a diverse arsenal, including the the Al-Zawari UAV and the repurposed Shebab drone.

Western intelligence analysts and military experts have expressed amazement at the stealth and sophistication of the Hamas assault launched on Israel on 7 October. The offensive, believed to have been supported by Iranian weaponry and training, was supplemented by swarms of rockets and UAVs.

While the Palestinian militia has capable assembly lines for both missiles and drones, intelligence officials believe the scale of the latest attack indicates substantial outside help.

Rockets used by Hamas

The Qassam rocket, an unsophisticated weapon manufactured in garages and backroom laboratories, is the mainstay of Hamas’ arsenal. It is not a very effective missile, but its

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Norbert Neumann

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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