A rocket fired by Hamas on October 7 struck an Israeli military base where dozens of the country’s nuclear-capable missiles are believed to be based, according to a new report.
The missile did not hit an Israeli nuclear-armed rocket, but caused a fire to spread near a storage facility at the Sdot Micha base in central Israel. The New York Times reported on Monday.
Although Israel denies this, whistleblowers, U.S. officials and satellite data estimate that the base likely has 25 to 50 nuclear-capable Jericho missile launchers. .
It is unclear how many nuclear weapons Israel has.
The report said the weapons were likely stored in another facility.
But the previously unreported attack marks the first time a suspected Hamas attack has come this close to an Israeli nuclear-capable missile.
It remains unclear whether Hamas knows what is stored at Sudot Micha, or whether it simply targeted the base as one of many military installations during the October 7 terrorist attack. is.
Neither Hamas nor Israel have commented on the attack in Sudott Micha.
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The rocket struck the base, located 15 miles west of Jerusalem, around 10 a.m. and crashed into a small ravine near the Jericho missile complex, the Times reported.
Satellite images of the base revealed scorched land from the rocket explosion, and records documenting efforts to extinguish brush fires ignited by the explosion.
The fire destroyed 40 acres of the base, but did not reach what was believed to be Jericho’s missile facility.
It is unclear whether the multiple rockets were able to reach Sudott Misha, but many missiles fired from Gaza on October 7 were used by Israel as Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of artillery fire. It was possible that it could reach.
Hans Christensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, noted that even if the fire reached the missile facility, the underground storage facility would survive the damage.
But he told the Times there were still risks in a fire of this magnitude at such an important ammunition depot.
“Everything can go wrong,” he said.
Recent satellite images of the base show that new fences and barriers have been built around the area where the rocket hit, likely to strengthen Sdot Misha’s defenses against future attacks.