The Israeli military launches a missile Nov. 15 from the Iron Dome air defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern city of Beer Sheva following the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip. (Menahem Kahana / AFP)
Israel’s Iron Dome Plays Growing Role in Gaza Conflict -- Defense News/AFP
BEERSHEVA, Israel — Iron Dome, Israel’s much vaunted anti-missile defense system, is playing an increasingly important role in the growing confrontation between the Jewish state and Gaza-based militants.
Since the latest round of bloodshed erupted 48 hours ago with an Israeli strike on a top Hamas militant, Israel has attacked more than 500 targets in Gaza in hundreds of bombing sorties.
During the same period, militants have fired more than 500 rockets across the border, 327 of which struck southern Israel, while another 184 were successfully intercepted in mid-flight by Iron Dome, army statistics show.
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