Israel positions Iron Dome on Egypt border

Decision on air-defence system, designed to intercept and destroy rockets, follows two attacks on Eilat town.

    Israeli authorities say two blasts rocked the city of Eilat on Wednesday [GALLO/GETTY]
    Israeli authorities say two blasts rocked the city of Eilat on Wednesday [GALLO/GETTY]

    The Israeli army has deployed an Iron Dome air-defence system, designed to intercept and destroy rockets, just days after two rockets were fired at the town of Eilat near the border with Egypt, according to a military spokeswoman.

    The Iron Dome is a mobile, all-weather air-defence system for countering short-range rockets fired from distances of 4-70km away whose trajectory would take them to a populated area.

    "An Iron Dome battery has been deployed in the town of Eilat as part of tests, momentarily modifying the sites where these systems are deployed," the spokeswoman said on Monday but did not give further details.

    The system was created as a defensive countermeasure to the rocket threat against Israel's civilian population on its northern and southern borders.

    It was declared operational and initially deployed on March 27, 2011, near Beersheba in southern Israel. On April 7, 2011, the system successfully intercepted a rocket launched from blockaded Gaza Strip for the first time.

    An Islamist group claimed responsibility for the two rocket attacks aimed at Eilat, Israel's Red Sea resort town, SITE Intelligence Group reported on Thursday.

    A group calling itself Ansar Jerusalem claimed to be responsible for firing "two Grad rockets into the city" which it said hit "inhabited targets", in a statement posted on online jihadist forums, the US-based monitoring agency said.

    Israeli police said two blasts rocked the city on Wednesday.

    Debris of the rockets, which were apparently fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, were later found.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.