IDF deploys Iron Dome near Ashkelon, due to rise in rocket fire

Since the start of July, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have launched more than 30 rockets into Israel

Date: 08/07/2011, 10:41 AM     Author: Barney Breen-Portnoy, IDF (Zahal) Website

On Friday (August 5), the Israel Defense Forces deployed an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery near the southern city of Ashkelon, due to the recent escalation of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Since the start of July, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have launched more than 30 rockets into Israel. Last week, an Israeli woman was moderately wounded by a rocket that landed in the Ashkelon region.

Early on Friday (August 5), IAF aircraft targeted five terrorist targets (including three tunnels and two terror activity sites) in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired at Israel in preceding days. On Thursday night (August 4), the IAF targeted a site in the northern Gaza Strip from which a Grad rocket had been launched at the Lakhish region.    

In 2011, 340 rockets and mortars have been launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The Iron Dome system was designed as a response to the threats Israel faces from short-range rockets and mortar shells. The system has the capability to identify and destroy such projectiles before they land in Israeli territory.

The Iron Dome is one component of Israel’s comprehensive missile defense network, which also includes the Magic Wand, Arrow and Patriot systems.

The IDF (Zahal) will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF (Zahal) soldiers and will respond with determination to any attempt to use terror against the state of Israel. The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for all terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.

Below is a video of the deployment of an Iron Dome battery in southern Israel in April.