The long arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – Israel Hayom.
Iran arms, funds and trains Hamas and Islamic Jihad to cause death and destruction inside Israel • Last week’s capture of the Klos C was just one chapter in the ongoing struggle against the Iranian threat.
The weaponry captured on the Klos C last weekPhoto credit: IDFSpokesperson’s UnitKfir Rosen heard the reports last week about the capture of the weapons ship Klos C and his heart muscles immediately expanded. He was listening to the commentators describe the capabilities of the M-302 missiles that were discovered underneath the large bags of cement stashed in the belly of the ship. Then, in one fell swoop, he flashed back in his mind to the images, the sounds, the smell, and the awful quiet which ensued following the direct hit his apartment in Rishon Lezion sustained when a Fajr-5 missile exploded inside it one day in November 2012.During Operation Pillar of Defense, 1,506 rockets were fired at Israel. Just 421 were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. On November 20th, the seventh day of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, sirens were heard in Rishon Lezion. Instead of sprinting toward a bomb-proof zone, Rosen went out to his balcony in order to witness the Iron Dome interception. Only, it never came.The Fajr-5 rocket carries 90 kilograms (200 pounds) worth of explosives in its warhead. This powerful weapon directly struck a residential building that is home to 70 people, turning part of it into a mangled piece of bent iron and pieces of concrete.“I felt a wave of heat passing over my shoulder,” Rosen said, recalling that fateful night. “Today, I know it was a rocket. Afterward, there was a loud boom, and a torrent of stones and dust fell on us from the top floor. We went downstairs. We didn’t recognize our building, which was partially turned into rubble. It was as if somebody did copy-paste on an image from the blitz in London [during World War II].”The building was eventually restored, but the traumatic mark left on Rosen led him to move.“God help us,” he told us this week. “If a rocket with a 90-kilogram warhead crushed a building in Rishon Lezion, I don’t want to think what a missile with a 170-kilogram warhead, the kind that the IDF confiscated from the Klos C, would do. What a stroke of luck, huge luck.”Israel knows well what a missile carrying 170 kilograms (375 pounds) worth of explosives is capable of. It has also “gotten a taste”of them in the past. In the summer of 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, these powerful missiles struck Hadera, Afula, and Haifa, leaving behind a trail of destruction while claiming casualties.S., one of the IDF soldiers involved in the seizure of the arms-carrying ship Victoria some 200 miles off Israel’s coast, also experienced a kind of deja vu when he heard about the capture of Klos C. The Victoria was carrying Iranian-manufactured C-704 surface-to-sea missiles hidden underneath bags of cotton and vegetables.
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