Is­rael de­ploys Iron Dome af­ter threats

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

It said Tues­day that an Iron Dome bat­tery was de­ployed, with­out elab­o­rat­ing. The sys­tem de­fends against short­range 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.

It was a rare flare-up along the tense bor­der, which has re­mained mostly quiet since the 2014 Is­rael-Ha­mas war.

Dur­ing the fight­ing, Gaza gun­men on sev­eral oc­ca­sions in­fil­trated Is­rael through a tun­nel net­work.

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