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IDF Deploys Iron Dome in Be'er Sheva

The IDF deploys an Iron Dome anti-missile system in Be’er Sheva in the wake of the recent escalation in terror attacks.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/26/2013, 3:43 AM

Be'er Sheva
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The IDF deployed an Iron Dome anti-missile system in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva on Wednesday night.

The decision to deploy the system was made following a security assessment and in the wake of the recent escalation in terror attacks in the region.

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDF deployed the Iron Dome in the western Negev city of Sderot. The IDF stated that the decision to move the Dome to Sderot is to avoid taking unnecessary risks.

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

A senior IDF commander said on Tuesday that the IDF has been active in the Gaza region since Tuesday afternoon and was preparing for a possible further escalation in violence.

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.

"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."

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also issued a warning to Arab terrorists, saying that Israel should not be tested.

President Shimon Peres also had a stern warning for the residents of Gaza, warning them that they are “playing with fire” and adding, "If Gaza wants quiet then they should act accordingly and if not then it will bear the results.”

Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists have continued the rocket attacks on southern Israel. On Wednesday night, a rocket fired by Gaza terrorists exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

The rocket exploded in an open area, causing no physical injuries or damages.