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As Hamas does not have what most would consider a conventional army, they are forced to come up with relatively low-tech, easily concealable weapons and tactics, while the Israeli military has the opposite challenge: a huge technological advantage, but a well-hidden enemy which can disappear at a moment's notice. This dynamic means an intense arms race is ongoing, and it's safe to assume both sides will continue to develop creative weapons and tactics.

Hamas uses a variety of small artillery rockets in attacks on Israeli settlements and military forces. Russian rockets called Katayusha are often used, as they are cheap and readily available. Hamas fighters have become best known for building their own homemade rockets, called Qassam. These rockets are often built in garages and machine shops with salvaged explosives and scrap metal, but have become remarkably accurate in recent years. Qassam rockets also have the advantage of being able to be fired quickly, with the operators able to flee within seconds of launch.

The Israeli military has become remarkably sophisticated in countering Hamas rockets, however. With American help and funding, Israel has deployed Iron Dome, a surface-to-air missile system capable of automatically shooting down Qassam and Katayusha rockets. Radar-guided artillery and airstrikes are able to locate and attack launch sites very quickly.

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The dominant kind of rockets that Hamas uses are Qassam Rockets -- Saarukh Qasaam (صاروخ قسام‎).

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