Iron Dome battery moved south after Gaza rocket escalation

August 5, 2011 13:37

Due to escalation in rocket fire from Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided Friday to deploy a battery from the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system outside the southern city of Ashkelon.

Barak's decision came after close to thirty rockets have been fired into Israel since the beginning of July. 

The IAF currently has two operation Iron Dome batteries and is expected to receive a third by the end of the year.

Iron Dome successfully intercepted 9 Katyusha and Kassam rockets fired from Gaza Strip in April and has since been moved throughout the country to different cities where the IAF is setting up potential deployment sites in the event of a larger scale conflict in the future.

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