The Israel Air Force deployed a third battery of the Iron Dome rocket defense system outside the southern city of Ashdod on Wednesday in the face of continued rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who earlier this week said that it would take ten days until the battery was deployed near Ashdod, praised Wednesday the IDF and the IAF air defense divisions for speeding up the deployment to the day before the opening of the new school year.
"The deployment is part of a national emergency plan that I announced several weeks ago and is a demonstration of Israel's commitment to defend its citizens from rockets and missiles" Barak said.
Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasri issued a statement thanking the defense establishment for deploying the system outside of his city. Ashdod has been bombarded by rockets in recent weeks during the current escalation of violence in the South in which over 160 rockets were fired into israel from Gaza.