hamas-gaza-rocket-protest-rally-terrorHamas is testing a new generation of home-made rockets and rebuilding its network of underground terror tunnels, The Times of London reported this week. Citing unnamed Israeli intelligence officials, the paper stated test rockets fired into the Mediterranean since September are seen as evidence that Hamas is trying to expand its weapons capabilities. According to Israeli media, officials confirmed the British report Monday, and the Israel Defense Forces backed it Tuesday. Last summer’s Operation Protective Edge ended in a tense ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and Israel’s defense establishment believes it was successful in deterring Hamas from another engagement in the near future. However, a mere three months later, it seems the terror organization had sufficiently rehabilitated its infrastructure to begin preparing for another onslaught. Since September 16, Hamas has been firing test rockets towards the sea. The rockets have been registering on the Iron Dome radar system, setting off Red Alert alarms across Gaza border communities. “This is a part of their domestic weapons production. We did not doubt, at the end of the war, that their focus would be on building more weapons. We monitor every such launch, noting the quality of the rocket and its range,” a senior navy source told The Jerusalem Post in the summer. More