De Qassam raketten zijn van eigen makelij, maar grotere raketten met een verder bereik worden gesmokkeld via de tunnels uit Egypte. Israel heeft in het verleden vaker schepen onderschept die wapens uit met name Iran naar Hamas wilden brengen.
Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal
Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
7:00PM BST 26 Jul 2014
Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources.
Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut.
Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra supplies of weapons to Gaza.
"Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks," explained a security official. "North Korea is an obvious place to seek supplies because Pyongyang already has close ties with a number of militant Islamist groups in the Middle East."
'Hamas in talks to buy missiles from North Korea'
North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un Photo: REUTERS
Hamas and North Korea are in negotiations for a deal that would provide the terrorist organization with a replenishment of missiles and communications equipment that would be used to continue its offensive, the British Daily Telegraphreported late Saturday.
The deal in the works is supposedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the newspaper said.
"Hamas is looking for ways to replenish its stocks of missiles because of the large numbers it has fired at Israel in recent weeks," a Western security source told the Telegraph. "North Korea is an obvious place to seek supplies because Pyongyang already has close ties with a number of terrorist Islamist groups in the Middle East."
According to the report, a Lebanese company with ties to both Pyongyang and Hamas is being used as an intermediary.
The report also indicates that North Korea is suspected by Israel to have provided Hamas with know-how in building the extensive network of tunnels underneath the Gaza Strip. The North Koreans have gained a great deal of experience and expertise in the construction of tunnels, having built them in the tense demilitarized zone which separates the communist state from South Korea.
Hamas has exhausted a considerable amount of its arsenal of rockets in the three-week offensive.