Israel's Iron Dome Has Shot Down 2,400 Rockets. How Long Will It Last?
Tensions are high as Israel and Palestine inch closer to a state of all-out war. Violence between Israelis and Palestinians escalated on May 10 as rocket attacks on Israeli cities countered by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip displaced thousands of people and left dozens wounded.
The bombardments from both sides began Monday night as violence erupted in Jerusalem over the pending eviction of some Arab families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Protests have been rampant across the city as the Israeli high court is about to render a verdict on the decades-long property dispute. The protests spread to other Arab areas inside Israel.
At least 31,000 Filipinos are living in Israel. The Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv announced its temporary closure because of the situation.
As of May 11, Israeli defense officials reported the successful interception of at least 200 rockets out of around 480 launched toward Israeli cities from the Gaza Strip, a feat by its famed Iron Dome defense system. Since its installation in 2011, the Iron Dome defense system has downed more than 2,400 hostile rockets.
Israel has mobilized eight battalions of its border reserve police, and another 5,000 reservists were activated upon the request of its military, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Israel's Iron Dome Shooting Down Rockets on November 15, 2012
The Iron Dome is a missile defense system that was first deployed in 2011. It is composed of a radar, trackers, launchers, and missiles that have a range of 70 kilometers. Israel has at least 10 Iron Dome systems that are strategically installed around its borders. The defense system is able to detect rocket launches from miles away and anticipates their trajectory. It launches rockets to intercept hostile projectiles. The Iron Dome was developed by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. According to the Israeli army, the Iron Dome had intercepted more than 90 percent of rockets fired into Israel.
Since 2001, more than 15,000 rockets have been fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.