Iron Dome outside Beersheba 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Due to the recent escalation in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak decided Friday to deploy an Iron Dome anti-rocket defense
battery outside the southern city of Ashkelon.
Barak’s decision came
after close to 30 rockets were fired into Israel since the beginning of
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) currently has two operational Iron Dome
batteries, and is expected to receive a third by the end of the year.
Friday morning, the IAF struck five targets in the Gaza Strip following several
strikes earlier Thursday, which came in response to the increase in rocket
The IDF Spokesman’s Office confirmed that the IAF struck four
terror tunnels and one terror base in the central Gaza Strip. Another target was
struck in southern Gaza. Palestinian sources reported that several buildings
were on fire in Khan Yunis following the strike, but there were no reports of
According to IDF estimates, the increase in rocket fire is
Hamas’ way to vent its frustration from being left out of the Palestinian
Authority’s current plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the United
Nations in September – and as a result, is turning a blind eye to attacks that
are carried out by radical groups affiliated with al-Qaida and global-jihad
The Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system successfully
intercepted eight Gradmodel Katyusha and Kassam rockets fired from Gaza Strip in
April. It 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