Israel's 'Iron Dome' defence system explained

The Israeli military says Hamas militants have fired more than 1000 explosive rockets into Israel since the conflict flared up on Monday.

Israel's 'Iron Dome' defence system explained

The Israeli military says Hamas militants have fired more than 1000 explosive rockets into Israel since the conflict flared up on Monday.

The fact that so far the Israeli death toll stands at an estimated seven, compared to at least 67 Palestinians - of whom only 15 are confirmed militants, according to the Israeli military - might be in part due to Israel's highly-advanced Iron Dome missile defence system, one of the few of its kind in the world.

The Iron Dome is tailor-made for Israel's defence needs, blasting rockets, missiles and drones out of the air.

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What is the Iron Dome?

The Iron Dome was developed following the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

In the course of that conflict, terror group Hezbollah repeatedly launched rocket attacks into Israel.

Israel's state-run Rafael Advance Systems was tasked with developing a new missile defence system, which was eventually deployed in 2011.

Prior to the current conflict, RAS had claimed more a success rate of 90 per cent interceptions.

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The Iron Dome is a short-range ground-to-air defence system that uses a radar to track and intercept aerial attacks on claimed Israeli territory.

As well as rockets and missiles, it can be used to counter artillery, piloted aircraft, and drones.

The system uses Tamir interceptor missiles, which cost more than $100,000 each, while a full missile battery is valued at almost $65 million.

The system's role in the conflict

Footage from recent rocket exchanges in the Gaza Strip show the explosive deterrent of the Iron Dome in action, with missiles seemingly exploding in mid-air.

Numerous rockets have nonetheless slipped past the defence system, striking Israeli targets and killing an estimated seven people so far, including one child.

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More than 200 Israeli citizens have been injured, the national military said.

Thousands of people spent the night in bomb shelters.

Among Palestinian casualties, 17 have been reported as children - more than the confirmed number of Hamas militants killed by Israeli estimates.

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Gareth Ward identifies himself as NSW MP under investigation

Strike Force Condello is investigating sexual violence allegations against Gareth Ward.

Gareth Ward identifies himself as NSW MP under investigation

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has identified himself as the NSW MP subject to allegations of sexual violence under investigation by NSW Police.

In a statement Mr Ward said he was made aware of the allegations by a journalist and denies any wrongdoing.

"I have not been contacted by police in relation to any allegations," Mr Ward said.

"I deny any wrongdoing.

"Until this matter is resolved, it is appropriate I stand aside from my role as Minister. I will also remove myself from the Liberal Party room."

Earlier today police confirmed an investigation by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes squad was being conducted under Strike Force Condello.

Gareth Ward was found in his underwear outside a Potts Point apartment overnight.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred from 2013.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had received advice from Mr Ward of his decision to step aside and sit on the cross bench "while there is speculation about his future".

Ms Berejiklian said she supports his decision and the Attorney General Mark Speakman will act in Mr Ward's portfolio responsibilities.

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