Daily Israel Report

Hamas 'Testing Iron Dome for Weak Spots'

Security sources: just as Israel is testing the new system, so is Hamas, with every rocket it launches at Be'er Sheva and Ashkelon.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/10/2011, 7:12 PM / Last Update: 4/10/2011, 7:29 PM

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Hamas is testing the revolutionary Israeli anti-rocket system, Iron Dome, to learn how it works and find its weak spots, security sources estimated Sunday, as terrorists continued to fire rockets at Be'er Sheva and Ashkelon.
 
IDF sources told Arutz Sheva's Haggai Huberman that by massive firing of rockets Hamas is trying to determine which areas are protected by Iron Dome and how effective the system is. It will also be gauging the angle at which Iron Dome fires its anti-missile missiles, and more.  
 
Both Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva are protected by Iron Dome batteries, which have intercepted at least eight terrorist rockets in the past few days. An additional rocket may have been intercepted Sunday morning.
 
On Friday night (Sabbath eve), the Iron Dome battery at Be'er Sheva blocked two rockets that had been fired at the city. The second Iron Dome battery currently deployed has thus far intercepted six missiles that were on their way to hit Ashkelon.
 
The Iron Dome system currently protects the municipal centers near which it is stationed. It does not fire at missiles that its computer identifies as being en route to more sparsely populated regions.