Fearing rockets from north, IDF deploys Iron Dome near Haifa

An Iron Dome battery outside Haifa (photo credit: Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash90)

An Iron Dome battery outside Haifa (photo credit: Avishag Shaar Yashuv/Flash90)

Missile defense battery stationed near northern port city as a precaution against possible attacks from Lebanon or Syria

(SOURCE)  Amid a wave of violence in the West Bank and Israel, the IDF on Tuesday deployed an Iron Dome missile defense battery in northern Israel as a precaution against possible rocket fire from Lebanon or Syria.

Iron Dome units were positioned near the northern city of Haifa, home to Israel’s largest port and home base for its navy. The army told Channel 2 that the missile defense battery was being deployed based on security assessments, but gave no specific information regarding the development.

The deployment of the anti-missile battery came shortly after a senior defense official told the press that there could be “symbolic” rocket fire at Israel from the Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said earlier that the defense establishment is preparing for a possible escalation of clashes.

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