Iron Dome battery stationed in Eilat amid Sinai instability

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
July 19, 2013 12:05

2 rockets from Gaza land in open areas of Western Negev Thursday; no injuries or damage reported.




Iron Dome rocket defense battery [file]

Iron Dome battery 370. (photo credit:Ben Hartman)

The IDF has stationed an Iron Dome missile defense battery near the southern city of Eilat, an army spokesperson said on Friday.

The move comes amid the latest bout of unrest in Egypt that has put Israel on edge in part because of an increase of Islamist militancy in the Sinai region.

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Iron Dome batteries are placed in different areas of the country from time to time in response to the army's assessment of security conditions, the IDF spokesperson said on Friday.

Meanwhile, two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening landed in open territory near the Eshkol Regional Council.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

Earlier this month IDF troops found the remains of the first rocket to be fired from Egypt since the July 3 overthrow of the Islamist government there, a military official said.

An IDF spokesman said the rocket remnant had been discovered in the hills north of Eilat.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report. 

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