Photo Gallery Building Qassam Rockets in Gaza

Qassam rockets are being fired at Israeli villages every day. In the Gaza Strip young men are leading double lives, studying by day while by night they build bombs for the "Islamic Jihad."
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In a shed somewhere in the north of the Gaza Strip a group of young men build Qassam rockets at night.

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Different sized rockets are produced, the biggest can reach distances of up to nine kilometers. They are being produced to be fired into Israel.

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Explosive substance: The warhead is filled with TNT.

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The fertilizer that is used to produce the rocket fuel comes from Israel, as the Hebrew writing on the bags shows.

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The militants mix together glucose sirup with sieved fertilizer. They use kitchen scales to weigh the ingredients.

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It takes half an hour to prepare the rocket fuel on the gas cooker. One of the team tests a spoonful of rocket fuel.

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The militants use walkie-talkies to keep in touch with their comrades who are guarding the rocket factory.

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Each nightshift lasts about six hours. The men take breaks for cigarettes and tea.

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The rocket fuel is poured into a plastic tube, where it cools and hardens. That tube is then cut away and the fuel cylinder is inserted into the Qassam shell. A detonator is placed in the mixture. The men can make up to 100 rockets a night.

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