Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Extreme CSI - Israel

If there is one topic I see tweeted about most often from the organizations I follow on Twitter, it would have to be about rockets still falling every now and again in areas like Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be'er Sheva. With about 500,00 people living only about 40 kilometers from Gaza, citizens of the surrounding areas are constantly at the ready, prepared for mass attacks primarily from members of Hamas and Hezbollah.

It takes a surgical counterstrike once the rocket falls and the trajectory is recorded, to fire back and dismantle the location from which it originates. Oftentimes, the missiles are fired from mosques, homes and kindergartens, as we were told the day I visited the explosive dismantling centre in Sderot.

From those collected over the 8 years since the great attack on the surrounding cities, the components have largely been identified as coming from materials most commonly found in the attacker's home. In some, toxic liquids and additional corrosive material is fused to the rocket's casing, robotic devices are then used to protect the diffusion specialists from being exposed to even greater, more dangerous situations.

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