IDF deploys more Iron Dome systems

Defense establishment prepares for Hamas escalation scenarios ahead of Remembrance and Independence Days and Eurovision Song Contest.

Mordechai Sones,

Iron Dome interceptor system mounted on Israeli missile boat
Iron Dome interceptor system mounted on Israeli missile boat
Reuters

Galei Tzahal reports the IDF has deployed additional Iron Dome batteries throughout the country.

According to the report, the deployment was carried out as preparation for a possible Gaza security escalation during Remembrance Day and Independence Day, and to disrupt the Eurovision Song Contest that Israel is scheduled to be subjected to starting May 14th.

Hamas Islamic Movement elements already threatened to launch rockets into Israeli territory, especially while the European culture competition is taking place in Tel Aviv.

Last night, after several weeks of quiet, the IDF announced a rocket had been fired from Gaza that fell near the coast of Ashdod, causing no casualties or damage.

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major General Kamil Abu Rokun announced that in response, Gaza's fishing zone would again be reduced to six nautical miles until further notice.

IDF Spokesman Ronen Manlis said the Islamic Jihad was behind the rocket fire aimed at disrupting the agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Manlis reported that the shooting was carried out from the Al-Atatra neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the IDF Spokesman, the Islamic Jihad has recently been trying to worsen the situation by carrying out attacks "without leaving a signature".

Interestingly, the IDF Spokesman personally identified the individual Islamic Jihad operative they believe responsible for the launch and escalation: Northern District chief Baha Abu al-Ata. Army willingness to release such valuable intelligence may indicate an implied threat on Abu al-Ata's life.

The IDF Spokesman also said that despite attempts in Gaza to give the appearance of coordination between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, in practice there is no such coordination, and the Jihad does not obey the dictates of Hamas. Nevertheless, the IDF views the Hamas Islamic Movement as the sovereign in the Gaza Strip.




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