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January 20, 2015

Israel deploys Iron Dome batteries in north to counter retaliatory attacks

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has reportedly deployed several Iron Dome anti-missile defence systems to the North in anticipation of possible retaliation by Hezbollah and Iran.

Iron Dome

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has reportedly deployed several Iron Dome anti-missile defence systems to the north in anticipation of possible retaliation by Hezbollah and Iran.

The deployment was first reported by Sky News Arabic, and a picture of the Iron Dome being transported to an undisclosed location was also posted online.

Apart from Iron Dome batteries, Israeli also deployed additional IDF units in the north, and ordered them to stand guard in fighting condition along the border with Syria and Lebanon, as reported by Breaking Israel News.

Around six Hezbollah fighters and several Iranian Military officials, including brigadier general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights last week.

While Israel denied responsibility for the attack, the UN peacekeepers claimed to have spotted drones coming from the Alpha side, which refers to the Israeli part of the Golan Heights, before and after the airstrike on the Syrian city of Quneitra.

"The IDF is prepared, tracking all developments, and ready to act as needed."

The airstrike is expected to lead to reprisal attacks from Hezbollah, which is believed to possess long-range rockets in its arsenal.

Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah confirmed to Breaking Israel News that the group has obtained Fateh-110 missiles that have a maximum range of 200km and can strike any point in Israel.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied movements of the Iron Dome systems, but acknowledged that the army was monitoring developments along the border and preparing for possible attacks.

IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said: "The IDF is prepared, tracking all developments, and ready to act as needed.

"This statement is not simply a speech; it’s a matter of real operation preparedness."

Iron Dome system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and 155mm artillery shells in all weather conditions, including fog, dust storm, low clouds and rain. It is also effective against aircraft flying at high altitudes.


Image: Iron Dome launches a missile to intercept a missile coming from the Gaza strip. Photo: courtesy of Israel Defense Forces and Nehemiya Gershoni.

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