ISRAEL TO DEPLOY ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM ON EGYPTIAN BORDER
Last Updated: 2012-07-12
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, July 12 (NNN-QNA) -- Israel has said it will deploy a battery of Iron Dome rocket interceptors in the southern town of Eilat near the border with Egypt.

The battery "will be placed near Eilat as part of an operational deployment programme which includes changing the locations of the batteries from time to time," an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

It is the first time Israel sets up the anti-missile system, which was used against rocket attacks from Gaza Strip, near borders with Egypt and Jordan.

Israel's move follows a growth in cross-border attacks against Israel since the popular uprising that ousted Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak last year.

Iron Dome is a US-funded system produced locally and uses radar-guided missiles to intercept Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of 5-70 km and mortar bombs in mid-air.

-- NNN-QNA