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2 Gaza rockets land in sea
off northern city of Haifa

JERUSALEM - Two long-range rockets fired by militants in Gaza crashed into the sea off the northern port city of Haifa on Wednesday, Israeli media reported.

 

Haifa lies 165 kilometers (102 miles) north of the Gaza Strip where Israel has been waging a major air campaign against militants from the Islamist Hamas movement.

 

If confirmed, it would be the furthest a rocket fired from Gaza has ever travelled.

 

Public radio said that one projectile fell near the seaside resort of Caesarea and another in the Carmel Beach region, both just south of Haifa.

 

In Gaza, Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said it fired one rocket at the northern port city.

 

"The Qassam Brigades struck occupied Haifa with an R160 rocket," it said in a statement.

 

Army radio quoted a military source as saying that Hamas had "dozens" of such long-range rockets in its arsenal.

The Qassam Brigades struck occupied Haifa with an R160 rocket.