Ahead of upcoming national holidays, army imposes general closure on West Bank, beefs up aerial defenses in south
(SOURCE) The IDF deployed a Patriot missile battery in Eilat on Saturday and stationed it alongside the Iron Dome anti-missile battery in the southern city, ahead of the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
According to a report on Ynet, this Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile installation includes an advanced radar system and replaces the older Hawk missile battery previously stationed near Israel’s southern border with Egypt and Jordan. The report said that the Patriot battery will be a permanent defensive installation, like the one located on Mount Carmel near the northern city of Haifa.
The IDF declined to respond to inquiries about the stationing of the Patriot battery next to Eilat, saying it would not comment on Israel’s air defense systems.