Missile defense system keeps Israel's casualties low

Missile defense system keeps Israel's casualties low

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The Iron Dome has saved scores of Israeli civilians by shooting down rockets fired from Gaza. (Source: FOX) The Iron Dome has saved scores of Israeli civilians by shooting down rockets fired from Gaza. (Source: FOX)

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP (FOX) - A possible stop in fighting has been rejected in the Middle East.

Hamas militants refused to accept a cease-fire deal even as Israeli officials agreed to the negotiated peace.

Some rockets do manage to get through Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system causing damage and injuries.

And now the first Israeli civilian casualty has occurred since violence in the Middle East escalated last week.

The Iron Dome has saved scores of Israeli civilians by shooting down rockets fired from Gaza.

The defense system detects the trajectory of incoming missiles and can determine whether they will strike populated areas.

It takes out more than 90 percent of its targets while rockets headed for open spaces are allowed to land.

"The main purpose is to save human lives, Israeli lives and also, by the way by delaying or not needing to do a massive ground operation, it saved other lives also," said Danny Gold, the inventor of the Iron Dome.

There are seven Iron Dome batteries located across Israel, which are equipped with a warning system.

That level of protection comes at a high cost.

Each launch is reported to cost about $20,000.

The system is backed by Washington and a U.S. Senate panel is supporting a defense spending bill that would allocate $351 million for it.

That's double what the Obama administration asked for.

"Without it, probably we would have casualties," Gold says.

Hamas continued to target Israel even after the country agreed to a truce.

Militants rejected the Egyptian-brokered deal and drew strong words from the U.S.

"The firing of rockets from Gaza at innocent civilians in Israel is completely unacceptable," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The Israeli military resumed its strikes on Hamas after a brief pause in fighting.

Militants fired more than 50 rockets from Gaza during the pause by Israel.

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