Israel Deploys Iron Dome System Near Eilat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 07/13/12)
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The Israeli army has placed an Iron Dome air defence system battery
by the Red Sea resort of Eilat near the border with Egypt, a
statement from the military said on Thursday.
"An Iron Dome Active Missile Defence System battery is currently
deployed near Eilat as part of its operational deployment program,
which includes changing the locations of the batteries from time to
time," the statement read.
The Iron Dome missile defense system uses radar-guided missiles to
intercept Katyusha-type rockets with ranges of 5-70 km (3-45 miles)
The deployment comes amid increasing tensions along the border and
uncertainty regarding the political climate in Egypt following the
election of the Muslim Brotherhood´s Mohamed Mursi.
An Israeli defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
stressed that the deployment "was not for operational ends, rather
for preparation and acquaintance with the territory and calibration."
The official said the system has been in place since Monday, and that
it was the first time the Iron Dome system has been deployed near the
southern resort.(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/13/12)
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