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Gaza militants show off new rocket

Aug. 14, 2008 at 12:06 PM

GAZA, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A militant group in Gaza says it is building longer-range rockets that Israel says would be a violation of their cease-fire agreement.

In a rare display of militant public relations, the Popular Resistance Committees showed off its training techniques, a rocket factory and what was said to be a new rocket capable of hitting Israel to CNN and other journalists.

The missile, called the Nasser-4, can travel 16 miles, double the range of the Nasser-3. The longer range would enable the rockets to reach larger Israeli cities such as Ashkelon and

Ashdod, the militants said.

If this is true, Israel said, the rockets would represent a violation of the 6-month-old Egyptian-brokered truce.

"If the cease-fire is just a front for extremists in Gaza to rearm and regroup, of course we have the right to act," Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN.

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