Yesterday and the day before yesterday, about 1,000 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip to Israel. The manufacturing cost of this projectile is usually a few hundred dollars, and then it is intercepted by a missile worth about $50,000.
Experts described asymmetric conflicts and described the fighting between the Israeli army and Hamas militants. Israel is superior to its opponents both militarily and technologically. There are also asymmetries in terms of victims: Palestinians reported more than 65 deaths, and Israel reported 7 deaths.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s main defense against hundreds of missiles is the Iron Dome defense system. Colonel Patrick Boulder, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hague Strategic Research Center, said: “This is a very advanced air defense system. It was designed and manufactured by the Israelis themselves, specifically for their situation.”
They tried to overload the iron dome by firing a large number of cheap projectiles at it.
The iron dome system consists of various radars and detection units, unmanned transmitters and a mobile management center. As soon as the missile approaches, the sensor calculates whether the projectile is dangerous.
This is usually not the case, because Hamas’s so-called “Kasam” missiles are unguided patchwork explosives. “They are actually randomly fired steel pipes,” Boulder said. “Their main purpose is to spread fear.”
The Israeli army said that about 200 of these 1,000 missiles ended up in Gaza itself. But, for example, if a Qassam missile threatens to hit a house in Israel, one (sometimes several) missiles will be fired from the launcher to intercept it.
This is what it looked like during the shelling from Gaza during the night from Monday to Tuesday:
The price of one such “anti-missile” is estimated to be between 20,000 and 100,000 US dollars. The manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems claims that Iron Dome can eliminate more than 90% of all threats. But the number of anti-missile missiles is limited, which is regarded as the Achilles heel of the system.
Wout van der Weil said: “The militants tried to overload the iron dome by firing a large number of cheap projectiles at it.” He is the head of the air defense and missile defense program of the research organization TNO. “In a launcher There are a total of twenty missiles, and once you run out, you will get nothing. “
F-16 air strike
Lieutenant Colonel Bowd also suspected that this was the strategy behind the launch of hundreds of missiles. This is why he believes that it is important for the Israeli army to take additional actions to avoid overloading the immune system. “This will be a combination of gathering intelligence and then conducting air strikes on the launcher and the command post.”
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote that hundreds of air strikes have been launched against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Israel believes that in the process, some important Hamas commanders were killed.
Buildings in densely populated areas were destroyed by F-16 fighter jets, including:
According to the Israeli army, the building in the video is an important command center for Hamas. The Associated Press reported that it also includes apartments, multiple companies and a dental clinic. A drone fired five shots to warn people that a bomb attack was in progress.
Knock on the roof
sun Knock on the roof According to Bolder, this is nothing new. It gives the residents of the building a chance to escape. “The apartment building is sometimes used as a cover for Hamas. But the families living there have nothing to do with the conflict. Then, they are given x minutes to leave the apartment, and everything they leave behind will be lost.”
This happened to the Saqqara family:
Civilians on both sides were attacked by bombs or missile attacks. For example, in Gaza, a taxi driver with two passengers was killed in an Israeli air strike. In Rhodes, Israel, a 52-year-old man and his 16-year-old daughter were hit by a Qassam missile in the backyard. That person is an Arab Israeli.
More than 300 Palestinians have been injured in the past two days. The Hamas Ministry of Health reports that there are 86 children and 39 women. Dozens of people in Israel were injured. The colonel concluded: “In the end, innocent civilians are victims, which is always sad.”