Izzudin al-Qassam Brigade Claims to Beat Israel's Iron Dome

Izzudin Al-Qassam Brigade

The Hamas military wing, the Izzudin al-Qassam Brigade, claims to have succeeded in developing a new rocket launch tactic that defeated Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. The proof, according to the group, is that many rockets escaped the interception and killed several Palestinian enemy citizens.

During the two-day conflict on Saturday and Sunday, militant groups in Gaza fired between 600 and 700 rockets into southern Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) did not specify how many Gaza militant weapons were intercepted by Iron Dome and which hit the country's mainland.

In the fierce conflict, four Israelis were killed by rocket attacks. While on the Palestinian side, as many as 24 people were killed in the Gaza Strip due to IDF air strikes. Of the 24 people, pregnant women and some babies are included.

The claim of the success of the Izzudin al-Qassam Brigade was delivered by his spokesman, Abu Obeida, which was published on social media. "The al-Qassam Brigade thanked God, overcoming the so-called Iron Dome by adopting a tactic of firing dozens of missiles in one eruption," he said.

"The high intensity of the shot and the great destructive ability of the missiles were introduced by the al-Qassam Brigade ... managed to cause massive losses and destruction of the enemy," he said, as quoted by the Times of Israel on Tuesday (05/07/2019)

Militant groups in Gaza are trying to make the Iron Dome powerless by repeatedly firing rockets on a large scale in certain locations, some of which have actually succeeded in penetrating the Zionist missile shield system.

Israeli media doubt the al-Qassam Brigade's claim. In one case, for one hour on Sunday night, at least 117 rockets were fired into the city of Ashdod, but only one of the projectiles aimed at Ashdod managed to get through the air defense system.

Gaza rockets killed Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21, a dual American-Israeli citizen, when he ran for shelter when warning sirens rang.

Three other Israelis killed in the attack from the Gaza Strip on Sunday were Moshe Agadi, 58; Zaid al-Hamamdeh, 47; and Moshe Feder, 68.

Another version of Israeli media reports said Feder was not killed by ballistic rocket fire, but by anti-tank missiles that hit his car as he drove down the road near the Gaza border.

He suffered serious injuries to his legs due to shrapnel which caused him to lose a lot of blood. He was declared dead at the Barzilai Ashkelon Medical Center after a failed resuscitation attempt. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

During the battle, Hamas also tried to use a new style rocket, a short-range rocket with a heavy warhead. The warhead was filled with tens to hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

Militant groups in Gaza believe their rockets will now pass through the Israeli air defense system, just as during the 2014 Gaza war.

However, the Israeli military claimed to have upgraded technology at the Iron Dome which enabled it to shoot down short-range rockets owned by the current Gaza militant group.

The Zionist military underlines that in general the Iron Dome is not easily penetrated. This defense weapon is claimed to be effective with 240 interception and its success rate is 86 percent.

The Iron Dome radar, according to the Zionist military, also managed to see every rocket and mortar launch, which ensured that Israel was warned about the projectiles that were previously entered by the sirens.

About Iron Dome

The Iron Dome missile defense system became the mainstay of Israel when about 700 rockets were fired by Gaza militant groups. During two days of attacking each other, 24 Palestinians in Gaza and four Israelis were killed.

The bloodshed on Saturday and Sunday marked Israel's first death from rocket fire since the 2014 war. On Monday (05/06/2019), a ceasefire was sought through Egyptian mediators.

The outbreak of violence actually began on Friday when a Gaza sniper wounded two Israeli soldiers and the IDF retaliated by killing three Gazans, one shot dead by soldiers and two killed by air strikes.

Iron Dome is an all-weather mobile air defense system developed by Israel to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from short distances.

The anti-missile system has the ability to detect enemy rockets as far as 4 to 70 km and interception to destroy the rocket in the air. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have not specified how many 700 Gaza militant rockets were intercepted and how many hit the Israeli mainland.

Iron Dome completed the last series of tests in July 2010 and was launched and declared operational in 2011. According to the Missile Threat website — a product of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) —the full cost of the anti-missile system reached around USD100 million per battery.

Initial funding and development of the Iron Dome system were provided and carried out by Israel. According to the website, the United States provided funding for the system starting in 2011.

According to the manufacturer, the Iron Dome is able to operate day and night including in bad weather conditions. This defense weapon can respond to various threats simultaneously. The system has three main components, namely tracking detectors and radars, weapons control systems and missile firing units.

There are 10 Iron Dome batteries that protect Israel. According to Raytheon defense contractors, each of the system's batteries includes three to four stationary launchers with 20 Tamir missiles and a radar battlefield.

Raytheon, based in the United States, is one of the collaborators in the project to make the Zionist military defense weapon. Tamir missiles themselves are equipped with electro-optical sensors and steering fins with warheads that explode when in contact with missiles or target objects.

According to Raytheon, each Iron Dome battery can be relied on for an area of ​​almost 60 square miles. However, the system is strategically placed around the city to intercept threats that lead to populated areas. Such a placement is believed to be a cost-effective approach to minimizing unnecessary launch of interceptor missiles considering the cost of each missile is quite expensive.

During a conflict with Hamas in November 2012, Israeli officials claimed that the Iron Dome intercepted 85 percent of the 400 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip projected on the territory of the civilian population.

The Israeli military on Sunday said it attacked 250 targets in Gaza, including weapons storage, attack tunnels, rocket launch locations and production facilities. The Israeli military also deployed tanks and infantry troops to the Gaza border, and made another brigade alert.

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