- Video footage shows a plane approaching Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv amid rocket fire.
- The Arkia Airlines flight landed in Eilat while the Iron Dome repelled a missile attack.
- No casualties were reported in the areas targeted by the rocket attack.
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An Arkia Airlines flight departing from Eilat landed successfully at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Friday amid rocket fire from Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip, The Times of Israel reports.
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As the plane landed, passengers witnessed the Iron Dome missile defense system in action.
No fatalities were reported in the rocket attack, which extended beyond the immediate area of Ben-Gurion Airport. Tel Aviv, Rehovot and Bat Yam were also attacked.
Unlike fighter jets, passenger planes lack the agility to quickly dodge missiles, retired air force commander Eitan Ben Eliyahu explained in a news interview with Channel 12.
Instead, pilots can increase engine power and climb to a higher altitude, allowing landing on a different runway or even an alternate airport if fuel allows. Although there is an inherent risk, Ben Eliyahu stressed that it remains relatively low.
Another social media post from N12 said in Hebrew: “Passengers recorded the intercepts from inside the plane during the barrage last night.”
Israel claims the Iron Dome is 90% effective
The Israeli-designed Iron Dome was created to defend the country against the thousands of relatively simple rockets built by Hamas. The automated system, which tracks and intercepts rocket and artillery fire, was a crucial part of Israel’s first line of defense.
It uses radar to track missiles and can distinguish between those that are likely to hit built-up areas and those that are not. Interceptor missiles are only fired at missiles that are expected to hit populated areas.
Israel claims that the Iron Dome has had about 90% effectiveness in intercepting missiles over the past 12 years.
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has led to dozens of major airlines canceling flights to and from Tel Aviv since the October 7 attacks by Hamas – when it fired 3,500 rockets into Israel – and the subsequent war in Gaza.
Despite the security challenges, airport authorities have not suspended commercial domestic flights to Eilat, Israel’s second international airport and a popular Red Sea tourist destination.
Israel’s retaliatory campaign against Gaza has killed at least 17,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of them women and children, according to the territory’s health authorities.
Source : www.businessinsider.com