On October 7, a significant incident occurred involving a missile strike on the Sdot Miha military base in Israel, a site believed by some experts to store nuclear weapons.
This event was reported by The New York Times. The rocket, allegedly fired by Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip, hit the Israeli base, which, according to Hans Christensen of the Federation of American Scientists, houses around 30 Jericho missile launchers capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
This information is based on declassified U.S. government documents.
The strike resulted in a fire at the base, which approached the missile storage facilities. However, there was no reported damage to the Israeli weapons.
Satellite imagery analysis suggests that the rockets were likely stored in a separate location away from the impact site.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not comment on the incident, but satellite images showed significant measures were taken post-attack to protect the site.
These included constructing earth embankments and barriers around military positions near the rocket impact site to shield against potential shrapnel and blast wave fragments.
This incident followed controversial statements made in early November by Israel's Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, Amichai Eliyahu, regarding the potential use of nuclear weapons in the Gaza Strip.
These remarks were condemned by Israeli authorities and politicians, as well as by the United States, which described them as "absolutely unacceptable."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also commented on the situation, labeling Israel a terrorist state and cautioning against threats of using nuclear weapons. He accused Israel of not admitting to possessing nuclear weapons.