Daily Israel Report

Iron Dome Deployed to Sderot

Due to wave of terror attacks, IDF decides not to take undue risks; Iron Dome deployed to protect Sderot.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 12/25/2013, 5:11 PM

Iron Dome
Iron Dome
IDF Spokesperson's Office

Fearing rocket fire from Gaza, the IDF deployed the Iron Dome anti-missile system Wednesday to protect the Western Negev city of Sderot. 

On Tuesday, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck multiple terror enclaves in Hamas-controlled Gaza, in response to the murder of 22 year-old Salah Shukri Abu Latyef earlier that day.

Laytef had been fixing damage to the security fence for the IDF, after reports revealed that the fence had sustained multiple breaches since last week's storm.

The IDF stated that the decision to move the Dome to Sderot is to avoid taking unnecessary risks. Sderot suffered a barrage of missile attacks during Operation Pillar of Defense, and it could be a prime target in the event that Hamas retaliates. 

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Hamas Tuesday that Israel's patience with rocket attacks - and over its role in the wave of terror rolling across Israel - has begun to wane.

The attack was the fifth in 5 days; statistics released Monday revealed that the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have led to an increase in terror.

"I advise Hamas to not test our patience," Yaalon warned. "If there won't be quiet in Israel, there won't be quiet in Gaza either."

Hamas, as usual, responded with defiance, insisting that "the occupier and its raids will not deter or stop the resistance."