The IDF has not taken any risks. Overnight it oversaw the deployment of the rocket defense system in key locations in southern Israel: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot and Beersheba. A rocket recently exploded on the Ashkelon cost, but there were no casualties or damage.
The Iron Dome was deployed near the Gaza border. Photo Credit: Channel 2
With the background of growing tensions along the Gaza border, the IDF completed the deployment of four iron dome systems overnight in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot and Beersheba. The four are in addition to the system already in Eilat.
The batteries in Sderot and Beersheva were already deployed yesterday, and at night they were joined by two additional batteries in Ashdod and Ashkelon. The batteries were deployed in the background of tensions in the south since Tuesday when an Israeli civilian was killed by an attack from Gaza. The incident led to a military response by Israel.
The first response to the Israeli attack came at night. The “Code Red” alarm was heard in a number of communities surrounding Gaza and in the morning remains of a rocket were found in an open area in the western Negev. There were no resulting casualties or damage.
Yesterday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon touched on the security situation and blamed the incidents as resulting from incitement by the Palestinian Authority, which educates hatred of Israel. “Since we are not talking about organized organizations carrying out the attacks, we call it a terrorist atmosphere,” Ya’alon said during an exercise of the Givati Brigade . “As long as this situation exists, we unfortunately will have to deal with it and we will know to deal with it, whether by reinforcing forces or by putting a hand on each terrorist making them each be held to account.”
Ya’alon also addressed the incident where Israeli-Arab Salah Abu Latif was shot dead near the Gaza Strip border “Hamas is in control of Gaza and is responsible for what is happening there,” he stated . “We expect them to impose their authority, and if it does not do so, we will continue to respond as we have responded, in a sharp and strong way.”