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Since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip, neighboring
Israeli cities and towns have endured an
increased bombardment of rocket attacks. Iranian-
backed terrorist groups in Gaza have fired nearly
13,000 rockets towards Israel in the past decade,
the majority of which were launched after Israel’s
2005 withdrawal from Gaza.
More than 1,000,000 Israelis live within range of
rocket and mortar attacks. The arsenal is growing,
and many of the rockets are long-range. Israel has
managed to minimize casualties by investing hundreds
of millions of dollars in civil defense. Despite
this, once air-raid sirens are triggered by incoming
rockets, civilians only have from 15 to 60 seconds
to run and reach safety before the rockets explode.
In the past six years rockets fired from Gaza have
killed 44 Israelis and wounded over 1,600 more.