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      Second Iron Dome Battery Deployed -- to Protect Ashkelon

      New anti-missile system to help protect residents of Ashkelon and Ashdod from Gaza terror rockets. First system was deployed at Be'er Sheva.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 4/4/2011, 5:28 PM

      IDF Spokesman's Unit

       

      An second battery of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system was deployed Monday in southern Israel, according to Army Radio. The battery, operated by commanders and soldiers from the IAF's Aerial Defense Network, will be deployed in as part of efforts to protect residents of the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod against rocket fire from Gaza.
       
      This is the second Iron Dome battery ever deployed. The first battery was deployed in the Be'er Sheva region eight days earlier.
       
      Shortly after the IDF announced the deployment of the battery, Gaza terrorists fired a 'Kassam' type short range rocket at the Hof Ashkelon area. No one was reported hurt. Iron Dome was apparently not used against the rocket.
       
      Iron Dome is considered a significant achievement for the Israeli defense establishment, and is currently being assimilated into operational use by the IAF. It will be used to defend Israel against the threat posed by rockets and mortar shells. The Iron Dome system is capable of identifying and destroying such projectiles before they strike Israeli territory.
       
      “Iron Dome will provide sound protection against missile and rocket fire at the residents of Israel’s southern communities. However, it is not hermetic,” said Aerial Defense Network Commander, Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish.
       
      “Its deployment, a final step before the system’s official operational use, will last a number of weeks, during which we will survey its effectiveness in various sites in the South,” said Brig. Gen. Gavish.
       
      According to the Aerial Defense Network Commander, the public should continue to heed the instructions of the Home Front Command.
       
      For a decade, Gaza terrorists have purposely fired missiles and mortar shells into southern Israel, playing a game of roulette with the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Israel has not responded with similar shelling of civilians in Gaza because it fears world public opinion.