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After Grad attack, IDF deploys rocket interceptor near Eilat (ISRAEL HAYOM) Ronit Zilberstein 08/20/12) Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=5474
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Iron Dome anti-rocket battery positioned in mountains close to where Grad rocket remnants were found on Friday • Rocket fire into Israel from Sinai has become an increasingly common phenomenon in recent years.
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The Israel Defense Forces deployed an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery in the mountains near Eilat, less than a week after two Grad rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula into the southern Israeli city of Eilat.
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The Iron Dome battery was positioned not far from where Grad rocket remnants were found on Friday. On Wednesday night, two explosions shook parts of Eilat, startling residents, but causing no injuries or damage. The explosions were not heard in the resort city´s main tourist areas.
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Rocket fire from Sinai aimed at the Eilat region has become an increasingly common phenomenon in recent years. Before last week, the most recent incident had taken place in mid-June when two Grad rockets exploded near Mitzpe Ramon and Ovda. Islamic terrorist operatives in Sinai are suspected of being responsible for these rocket attacks.
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Israel´s border with Egypt has become more volatile since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February 2011. Islamic terrorist operatives have carried out a number of cross-border attacks over the past year and a half.
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In August 2011, eight Israelis were killed in a multipronged attack on Route 12 north of Eilat. In June 2012, an Israeli contractor working on the fence being constructed on the Israel-Egypt border was killed in an attack by terrorists who crossed into Israel from Sinai. More recently, on August 5, a group of terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah and breached the Israeli border with a stolen armored personnel carrier before being killed by the IDF.
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The Iron Dome system was designed to intercept short-range rockets headed toward populated areas in mid-air. It was first operationally deployed by the IDF in April 2011 and has successfully intercepted dozens of rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip.
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