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March 23, 2014 1:01 pm

GANSO Says 38% of Rockets Fired at Israel Explode Within Gaza

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Rockets being shot from Gaza into Israel. Photo: Twitter.

The Gaza NGO Safety Office, GANSO, reported that more than a third of the recent barrage of rockets fired by Islamic Jihad and Hamas at Israel landed within Gaza.

In its bi-weekly report, GANSO, counted 61 rockets and 14 mortars being shot from March 6 through March 19, not counting test rockets fired into the sea. Of the 61 rockets, 23 fell short or exploded on launch, equivalent to a 38% failure rate.

Islamic Jihad claimed shooting some 120 rockets at Israel in its barrage, earlier this month. Other groups associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party claimed another 20 rockets. The Israel Defense Forces said more than 60 rockets landed in Israel.

Blogger Elder of Ziyon, who flagged the GANSO report on Sunday, said, “Even if GANSO is undercounting, the percentages are probably not too far off.”

The blogger said, “As we know, at least two rockets landed on houses during those two weeks, killing at least one and injuring several. Another rocket exploded while being built, killing 4 terrorists and a two-year old child. And there have been many other Gazans killed by terror rockets over the years, a statistic that the media simply doesn’t report.”

In the report, GANSO describes itself as “a project of CARE International, funded by ECHO with the aim of providing the information and analysis the NGO community needs in order to implement humanitarian projects safely.”

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