Iron Dome 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The IDF will move the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system to the Gush Dan
region in the coming weeks, senior defense officials said Monday, as the air
force deployed the second battery of the system in the South.
was deployed south of Ashkelon as rocket attacks continued on Monday, with one
rocket landing south of the seaside city. No casualties were reported in the
rocket attack, which came after several days of quiet.
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The IDF had been
bracing for an increase in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip after the air force
bombed a ca
r traveling in Khan Yunis Saturday morning, killing three senior
Hamas operatives who, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said, had been
planning attacks against Israelis in the Sinai Peninsula.
The first Iron
Dome battery was deployed
outside of Beersheba in late March after Hamas and
Islamic Jihad fired over 100 rockets and mortar shells into Israel in under a
Israel plans to increase the number of operational batteries to six
in the coming years, with the arrival of $205 million the Obama administration
has pledged it will provide Israel to purchase additional rocket defense
The Defense Ministry recently completed negotiations with Iron
Dome manufacturer Rafael about the upcoming deal.
IDF sources stressed
that the current deployment of the two Iron Dome batteries in the South was part
of an operational evaluation that the IAF’s Air Defense Division was conducting
before declaring the system combat-ready.
“The Iron Dome will provide
residents of the South with good but not hermetic protection,”
Brig.-Gen. Doron Gavish, commander of the Air Defense Division, said
The evaluation, Gavish said, is expected to last several more
weeks and will include tests of the system’s communications network and the
synchronization of the battery’s various components.