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Hamas may attacked Israeli military base with nuclear weapons, NYT

Hamas may attacked Israeli military base with nuclear weapons, NYT Hamas allegedly attacked a base in Israel where nuclear weapons are stored (Photo: GettyImages)

A rocket reportedly fired by Hamas militants hit an Israeli military base on October 7, where it is alleged that Jerusalem's nuclear weapons are stored, according to The New York Times.

A missile, presumably launched by Palestinian militants Hamas during the Israeli invasion, struck the Sdot Micha military base situated 42 kilometers away from Jerusalem.

Hans Kristensen, the head of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, estimated that there may be 25 to 50 Jericho nuclear launch systems in the region.

"Those warheads are most likely kept in a separate location away from the base and thus were not under threat during the attack," said Mr. Kristensen, who has studied the base.

Although the missiles were not damaged, the attack caused a fire in the surrounding area.

The New York Times reports that this Palestinian militant strike may have targeted a facility that could contain nuclear weapons, marking a notable occurrence. However, it remains uncertain whether Hamas was aware of the location's purpose or if the targeting was accidental.

The war between Israel and Hamas

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, killing and abducting both military personnel and civilians. Soon after, Jerusalem announced Operation Iron Swords, targeting terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary truce commenced between Israel and Hamas for prisoner releases. The parties agreed to a four-day ceasefire, which was extended for an additional two days once the militants released more hostages.

On December 1, Israel renewed fighting in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Forces reported that Hamas had breached the ceasefire terms.

Israel resumed firing after Hamas declined to release hostages, including two kids, as per Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant.