Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip have occurred since 2001. The weapons, often generically referred to as Qassams, were initially crude and short-range, mainly affecting the Israeli city of Sderot and other communities bordering the Gaza Strip. However, in 2006 more sophisticated rockets began to be deployed, reaching the larger coastal city of Ashkelon, and by early 2009 major cities Ashdod and Beersheba had been hit. In 2012, Israel's capital Jerusalem and commercial center Tel Aviv were targeted with locally made "M-75" and Iranian Fajr-5 rockets. Learn more about the Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, their causes, aims and results in the following pages.