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'Iron Dome' giving Israel edge over Hamas rockets

Posted: July 11, 2014 at 2:27 a.m.

Israelis in the town of Sderot gather Thursday on a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip to watch for Israeli bombardments on Palestinian militants and missile intercepts of rockets fired by Palestinians.

Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.

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Journalists wander in the Ennio's Creek section of the Cinecitta' World theme park in the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Cinecitta' World is a theme park, inspired to Rome's Cinecitta' film studios. The Ennio's Creek attraction is named after Italian composer Ennio Morricone celebrated for his scores that accompanied many "Spaghetti Western" Italian movies of the seventies. Morricone's music has been used in more than 60 award-winning films. The 500 million Euros (680 million US dollars) park will open to the public on July 24. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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