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Grad rockets were not harmless in Ukraine nor in Israel

Thirty civilians were killed, and scores more wounded, by a small number of unguided Grad rockets launched by pro-Russian separatists, at the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday.

During the Hamas-Israel conflict, last July and August, thousands of Grad, or Grad-type, rockets were fired towards Israeli civilian areas by Hamas. At that time, anti-Israel commentators dismissed these rockets as being harmless. I even heard one contributor on RTÉ radio refer to them as ‘toys’.

Unfortunately, Grad rockets are only harmless if you are sitting in Ireland.

Karl Martin

Bayside Walk

Bayside

Dublin 13


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