WASHINGTON, July 23 Hamas does possess rockets
that can reach Israel's Ben Gurion airport although the accuracy
of the rockets does remain limited, the State Department said on
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Hamas'
anti-aircraft missile capabilities are still being determined
and there is no evidence the Islamist group has used them.
"During current fighting Hamas rockets have landed north of
the airport although the accuracy of their rockets does remain
limited," Harf said.
"We don't have confirmation that Hamas has launched
heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles during the current conflict,
or that Hamas has access to the type of anti-aircraft missiles
like those we saw brought down (the) Malaysian aircraft in
Ukraine," she added.
American aviation authorities extended a ban on U.S. flights
to Tel Aviv for the second day on Wednesday, spooked by rocket
salvoes out of Gaza.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton)