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Iron Dome Deployed Outside Tel Aviv Following Syrian Threats

Source: Times of Israel

January 24 2019


The Israeli military has deployed an Iron Dome air defense battery outside of Tel Aviv, reports the Times of Israel. 

Additional batteries were also deployed to the south amid growing tensions with Syria and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the military said on Thursday. 

A small number of reservists were called up to staff the batteries. 

On Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador to the U.N. said that Damascus could attack Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv if Israel did not stop airstrikes in Syria. 

The threat came a day after Israeli jets struck targets around Damascus, including Iranian weapon depots. 

On Wednesday, unknown gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers along the border with Syria, while one Israeli soldier was lightly injured by gunfire from the Gaza Strip. Israel responded by destroying two Hamas observation posts, killing one militant, the military said. 

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