Defense Minister: Two more Iron Dome batteries to be acquired

Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits an Iron Dome battery in southern Israel

Date: 21/08/2011, 2:45 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited an Iron Dome battery in southern Israel on Sunday (August 21).

The battery successfully intercepted around ten rockets launched at Israel by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Barak mentioned that Israel has two operational Iron Dome batteries and that two additional batteries will be added in the near future.

Barak noted that Israel plans to have nine Iron Dome batteries by the end of 2013.

“This emergency situation may last for several more days and we will operate as necessary,” Barak said.

“Several days elapsed since the terrorist attacks last Thursday,” Barak said. “The IDF (Zahal) has been forcefully striking those responsible for the rocket fire from Gaza at communities in southern Israel. Most of the terrorists responsible for the attacks were killed in swift operations and we’ve been attacking terror sites and terrorist cells operating in Gaza.”