Israel’s mobile missile defence system: What is the Iron Dome?

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Raw video: Israeli ‘Iron Dome’ anti-missile system goes into action

*Please note: This story, originally posted in March, has been updated to reflect details of the latest rocket attacks

Israel has credited its mobile missile defence system with stopping several rockets fired from Gaza this week.

A barrage of rockets has been fired at Israelis cities since Monday, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the city of Dimona——home to an Israeli nuclear facility.

READ MORE: Hamas fires rockets near Israeli nuclear facility: IDF

But the Israeli Defense Force claims, according to Haaretz, it has intercepted 27 per cent of the more than 180 rockets fired into Israel since Monday using what it calls the “Iron Dome.”

The Iron Dome has been in operation since 2011 and is deployed to intercept short-range missiles and mortars, with the goal of protecting civilians in the path of rockets and artillery shells.

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