How long will it last? Gaza conflict by the numbers

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 7/30/2014, 4:11 p.m. | Updated on 7/30/2014, 4:11 p.m.
For all the talk of a possible cease-fire, residents of Israel and Palestinians in Gaza are living under a daily ...
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In its online posting Tuesday, Hamas said it "still retains its full power and force."

More than 300 -- The number of militants Israel says it has killed so far in the conflict. The U.S. State Department says there are "several thousand" Gaza-based Hamas militant operatives along with a "reported 9,000-person Hamas-led paramilitary group known as the 'Executive Force.'" Israel, meanwhile, has 176,000 active military personnel, has called up some reservists and can tap into a pool of hundreds of thousands more if needed.

Hamas leaders appear "confident that the group could sustain its attacks until it secures its key demand: ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip by Egypt and Israel," says Jeremy Binnie, Middle East editor of IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.

$62,000 -- The cost of each missile used by Israel's Iron Dome defense system to block militants' rockets from hitting Israelis. More than 500 have been used, making the total more than $31 million.

"We're confident we can continue to operate with that," Lerner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Each battery used by the Iron Dome system costs $50 million, IHS Jane's said.

"Despite the improvements in Iron Dome's performance in recent months, it's clear Israel is on the wrong side of the cost curve," says Christoper Chivvis, senior political scientist at Rand Corporation. "The reality is that building sophisticated missile defense systems like Iron Dome remains much more expensive than acquiring missiles themselves."

1.8 million and 8 million - Ultimately, the most important figures may be the populations of Gaza and Israel, respectively, and how they respond to the devastating casualties and destruction. The majority of Israelis currently support military action against Hamas, the Jerusalem Post reported. It's unclear how many in Gaza want militants to stop rocket attacks. Last month, a poll by the Washington Institute found most Palestinians in Gaza oppose a two-state solution and want to work toward a five-year goal of abolishing Israel -- but the majority said they support nonviolent methods of "popular resistance."

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