Patriot Battery Deployed Near Haifa (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/09/12)
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A Patriot missile battery was deployed near Haifa on Friday as Israel
prepared to usher in the Passover holiday.
Patriot missiles are designed to intercept medium range missiles. The
last time a Patriot missile batter was deployed near Haifa was during
the 2006 Lebanon War.
The move came just days after two Grad rockets were fired at Israelís
southern town of Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula. That attack led IDF
commanders to place the military on its highest state of alert for
the duration of the holiday.
In recent weeks, the IAF has deployed the "Iron Dome" anti-missile
system in Gush Dan in order to test its communication systems with
additional batteries are located in the south.
Last month, it was reported Defense Minister Ehud Barak pushed for
the accelerated procurement and deployment of Israelís multi-layered
It is "necessary to ensure that the systems are deployed in the
shortest possible time in order to provide all citizens the
protection they deserve against the threat of rockets and missiles,
from north to south," Barak said.
His remarks came after a dramatic exchange of fire in early March
during which terrorists in Gaza fired over 200 rockets at Israelís
southern town over a four day period.
The Iron Dome system is designed to intercept short range missiles,
the Patriot system is designed to intercept medium range missiles,
while the Arrow missile system is designed to intercept heavier long-
Israel is also in the process of developing the Magic Wand anti-
missile system, which fills a similar niche as the Patriot system.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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