Missile defense battery stationed near northern port city as a precaution against possible attacks from Lebanon or Syria
Mid-range David’s Sling detects, tracks and destroys missile; battery will fill gap in aerial defenses
Precision strike targets missile launchers, hours after Iron Dome intercepts rocket aimed at Ashkelon
Sirens heard in communities surrounding Strip; comes hours after Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free, including 5 Gazans
Citing secrecy requirements, Israel employs short-range Iron Dome, the mid-range Patriot and the long-range Arrow II.
Israel is deploying all of its missile defenses as a precaution against possible Syrian retaliatory attacks should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria, Army Radio said on Wednesday.
It did not say how many interceptor batteries were mobilized by Israel’s air defence corps. The missile defenses include the short-range Iron Dome, the mid-range Patriot and the long-range Arrow II.
Facing potentially imminent attack by the United States and other Western powers over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Damascus has hinted it could shoot back at the Jewish state, its old foe. Israel is also braced for rocket salvos from Hezbollah, Syria’s Lebanese militia ally.
One of the projectiles downed by Iron Dome; northerners told to remain near bomb shelters; IDF denies reports it retaliated, doesn’t expect attack to lead to wider conflagration; Netanyahu: ‘Anyone who harms us… should know we’ll harm them’
Four rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel on Thursday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but damage was caused to several homes in the Nahariya area. The red alert siren sounded in the cities Nahariya, Acre, Kiryat Shmona and Karmiel, and residents reported hearing explosions.
Lebanese media reported that the IDF promptly retaliated, attacking targets in south Lebanon, but the army denied those reports.
An Israeli Iron Dome battery intercepted one of the rockets. Israeli TV aired footage of minor damage caused by a fragment from the rocket that fell on the outskirts of a town outside Nahariya. Another rocket fell in a town near Acre, causing damage to several houses.
Newest missile-defense cannon first to be manned solely by reserves soldiers; six more Iron Domes planned
ne day after a rocket was fired from Sinai toward Eilat, and amid mounting tension in Egypt, the IDF last Wednesday brought a sixth Iron Dome anti-missile battery online, boosting the country’s burgeoning air-defense array, it was confirmed Sunday.
The newest battery is the first to be operated solely by reserves soldiers and is part of a plan to introduce further reserves “one after another,” according to Col. Zvika Haimovitch, the commander of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Division’s Active Defense Wing.
The short-range, air-defense system was first introduced in March 2011, after years of contemplation and deep-seated reluctance to both the concept and the notion of an expensive rocket-defense system.
One rocket reportedly lands inside Palestinian enclave; no injuries or damage reported in Israel
Rockets targeting southern Israel were fired from the Gaza Strip just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night. No injuries or damage were reported.
One rocket, reportedly fired at the town of Sderot, fell inside the Gaza Strip. A second rocket was fired at the Sha’ar Hanegev region, and was thought to have landed in an open area. Residents in the area told Maariv they heard a loud explosion, but the missile had yet to be located as of 10:30 p.m.
The missile fire came less than 24 hours after a Grad rocket was launched from Sinai at the Red Sea resort town of Eilat. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and caused no damage. Three people were treated by paramedics for shock.
Rocket fire at Israel, once a daily occurrence, has mostly tailed off since Israel’s mini-war with Hamas in November.
The fire coincided with the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, 15 of them to Gaza, as Israel and the Palestinians launch long-dormant peace talks.
Hamas, which controls the Strip, has rejected the talks, which are being managed by the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority and mediated by the United States. The sides are expected to meet Wednesday in Jerusalem.