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December 26, 2014 10:55 am

IDF Deploys 2 Iron Dome Batteries in Southern Israel

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Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. Photo: Israel Defense Forces. The recent security incidents in southern Israel prompted the Israel Defense Forces to deploy two Iron Dome missile defense system batteries in the area on Thursday, as well as to declare heightened alert levels across the sector.

The military confirmed that one Iron Dome battery was deployed near Beersheba, while the second was set up near the city of Netivot.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon commented Thursday on the recent security developments in southern Israel, saying, “Hamas is not interested in an escalation in the Gaza Strip, but the organization’s actions will serve as its true test.”

Ya’alon noted that Israel “expects Hamas to restrain any rogue elements. Israel has responded and it will respond to any attack emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Meanwhile, the military is still investigating Wednesday’s sniper attack against troops securing engineers working on the Israel-Gaza Strip border fence, in which a soldier from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Unit was serious wounded.

The soldier, who sustained a chest wound, was airlifted to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment. Hospital officials said Thursday that his condition was stable and improving.

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  • charlie johnson

    We have a lot of smart people who we are told are fighting terrorist. We tend to believe what we are told because we are told by our god the TV.But as I am one who has a brain of my own I THINK. If you see pictures of terrorist you may notice that they have foreign made weapons.( Most are of Communist design) These idiots can not build these weapons themselves.Some they steal locally from their police and army.But the vast majority are bought from arms dealers.Maybe even government arms dealers who have people not directly connected to do the deeds to be able to deny the source of the supply. If I had a say in the war on terrorist I would direct a unit to track down the dealers and snuff them out. But I am not smart .I just THINK. >>>>

  • charlie johnson

    In the shades of the olive trees the Gaza rocket men calculate the trajectory.They use a mix of algebra,geometry and witchcraft .They know their chances of hitting their objective and creating havoc and destruction are next to nothing odds ,But their dedication and determination is unlimited and in complete contempt of the laws of physics.The launch commander counts off the microseconds with the arrogance of a roaring lion .Smoke and unburned propellent fills the voids among the drooping leaves while little olives scatter upon the rocky terrain while the little rocket flings up in an arc toward the clouds drifting slowly across the horizon.Then a bright light burst in the sky while an echo booms across the hills..Then the rocket launch commander turns to his ready team and says.Make sure you men police up the area before we depart. Keep the chatter down on the return march . I will meet you back at the compound . I’ll go do a damage assesment and write up my reports.Besides.I am going to look over the wall and see what that thing-a-ma-jig is that is affecting our performance.