Is­rael de­ploys rocket de­fense amid threats


JERUSALEM: Is­rael’s mil­i­tary said it de­ployed a rocket de­fense sys­tem to the cen­ter of the coun­try amid threats by Gaza mil­i­tants.

It said on Tues­day that an Iron Dome bat­tery was de­ployed, with­out elab­o­rat­ing. The sys­tem de­fends against short-range rock­ets, and in­ter­cepted hun­dreds of pro­jec­tiles fired by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants dur­ing the 2014 Gaza war.

The move fol­lows a warn­ing by Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter and mil­i­tary to Gaza mil­i­tants against at­tacks.

Is­lamic Ji­had, an Iran-backed mil­i­tant group in Gaza, has vowed re­venge for the de­mo­li­tion of one of its at­tack tun­nels last month that crossed into Is­rael.

Probe into drone com­pany Is­raeli po­lice have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an Is­raeli drone com­pany re­gard­ing its deal­ings with a “sig­nif­i­cant client.”

Po­lice did not elab­o­rate in their state­ment about Yavne-based Aero­nau­tics Ltd. on Tues­day and said a gag or­der had been im­posed on the case.

Ear­lier this year, the De­fense Min­istry sus­pended some of Aero­nau­tics Ltd.’s ex­port li­censes to one of its clients abroad. Is­raeli me­dia iden­ti­fied the client as Azer­bai­jan.

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