During the night, soldiers of the Iron Dome missile defense battery intercepted a rocket fired towards the southern Israeli city of Eilat. The system was deployed in the city only a few weeks ago, following an increased threat of rocket fire in the region. No casualties or damage were caused.

The IDF (Zahal)’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket shot at the southern Israeli city of Eilat during the night. The advanced system was deployed to the Eilat region last month as part of a broader range of preparations for the threat of rocket fire directed at the city. The rocket fired towards Eilat was identified in time and a siren sounded in the area. Following the rocket fire, security forces conducted searches in the area. No damage or casualties were reported.

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Archive photo: Iron Dome Battery intercepts rocket

This is the first incident in which air-defense soldiers have been tested in the southern city: the Eilat region was added to the Air Defense Command’s list of operational sites last year, in the framework of mobilization and preparation drills for air defense batteries throughout Israel.

The routine work for the Iron Dome soldiers consists of round-the-clock shifts at launch sites and in the interception system control centers. This routine ensures that all the system’s stations are manned at all hours of the day, and are ready to perform their mission whenever required.

The IDF (Zahal) Home Front Command clarified that citizens and tourists can continue to visit the city of Eilat.