Dramatic photo shows Israel unleashing its Iron Dome interceptors against rockets from Gaza
Israel's Iron Dome interceptors seen on the left as militants fired rockets from Beit Lahia in northern Gaza on Friday. Anas Baba / AFP via Getty Images
This photo shows Israel's Iron Dome interception system responding to militant rockets from Gaza.
This week Israel launched air strikes on Gaza and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.
The air strikes killed dozens of people, mostly in Gaza.
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A stunning photo taken by Anas Baba for Agence France-Presse shows Israel's Iron Dome interceptors responding to missiles fired by militants in Gaza early Friday.
The Iron Dome tracks incoming missiles and fires projectiles to destroy them before they land.
Israel said Hamas - which controls Gaza - and other militants had fired 1,600 rockets by Thursday, but the Iron Dome system had destroyed about 90% of incoming rockets.
Israel, in turn, bombed Gaza and leveled buildings in deadly air strikes.
Most of those killed or injured were on the Palestinian side. Palestinian doctors said at least 119 people - including 31 children - had been killed in the past four days, Reuters reported on Friday.
According to Reuters, eight people were killed on the Israeli side: a soldier, six Israeli civilians and an Indian worker.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz suggested on Thursday that Israel's air strikes would escalate: "The army will continue to attack in order to achieve total, long-term calm. Only if we achieve this goal can we talk about a ceasefire."
Israel also brought ground forces to the Gaza border on Thursday, and the Israeli force said early Friday it had begun attacking Gaza from the ground.
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