Iron Dome 90 Percent Successful

An Iron Dome air defense system in Ashkalon attempts to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Strip / AP

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The Israeli Air Force said on Thursday that the Iron Dome has had a 90 percent success rate during Operation Protective Edge, Israel Hayom reports.

The system successfully intercepted rockets as well as 10 mortar shells.

During the past month, Gaza terrorists have aimed 2,500 rockets and 1,000 mortar shells at Israel.

Iron Dome was designed to detect projectiles fired to distances ranging from 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) to 70 kilometers (43 miles). As mortal shells have a much shorter range and a flatter trajectory, they usually do not register on the system's radar.

The Iron Dome is also designed to determine whether rockets are headed toward a populated area or an open one. Projectiles recognized as headed toward open spaces, where they can cause no harm, are usually allowed to hit the ground.

The mortars that were intercepted by Iron Dome were "longer-rage mortars," the officer said, noting they were intercepted largely due to the swift action of the defense system's operators.

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