Israel’s Iron Dome system has successfully intercepted 86% of the Palestinian rockets that it has engaged during Operation ‘Protective Edge’, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

“Since the beginning of the operation, more than 1,260 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel,” the IDF said in a statement released early on 16 July to wrap up the first nine days of the operation. “Approximately 985 rockets hit Israeli territory and 225 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system with an overall success rate of 86%.”

Iron Dome is capable of rapidly determining the trajectory of incoming rockets and will only engage those that are assessed to be heading towards population centres under its protection, not ones heading towards unpopulated areas. […]