Photo: Avihu Shapira
Iron Dome near Safed
Photo: Avihu Shapira
Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
Iron Dome near Haifa
Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

2 Iron Dome batteries deployed in north

IDF deploys Iron Dome batteries, preparing for possible Syrian retaliation for alleged Israeli strike on Damascus; PM makes no mention of strike

Two Iron Dome batteries were deployed in Safed and Haifa, as a result of tensions in the north.


Following an IDF evaluation of developments in the region, culminating in Israeli strikes on Syria – as confirmed by officials – Israel is bolstering protective measures in preparation for possible retaliatory rocket fire.


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Meanwhile, Lebanese official news agency reported Sunday that Lebanon army and UNIFIL forces have increased patrols in the area. 


Lebanon is set to file a complaint against Israel with the UN Security Council citing "repeated violations perpetrated by Israel, whose planes penetrate the country's aerial spaces."


Lebanese Daily Star website quoted FM Adnan Mansour as saying "such aggression ... represents a blatant violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and international resolution including UNSCR 1701."  

כיפת ברזל הוצבה בחיפה (צילום: אבישג שאר-ישוב)

Iron Dome near Haifa (Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv)


Though an Israeli official confirmed to AFP that Israel was behind the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no mention of strike in Syria at a public appearance on Sunday.


The prime minister nonetheless spoke pointedly about a commitment to keeping Israel secure.


"(My father) taught me that the greatest responsibility we have is to ensure Israel's security and guarantee its future," he said, dedicating a highway interchange named after his late father, Benzion Netanyahu, a historian who died a year ago.

כיפת ברזל בצפת (צילום: אביהו שפירא)

Iron Dome near Safed (Photo: Avihu Shapira)


The ceremony marked the first time Netanyahu has spoken in public since an Israeli official said on Saturday that Israel had carried out an air strike on Friday against missiles in Syria intended for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah .


A Western intelligence source said Israel launched a second air strike on Sunday that also hit missiles in transit from Iran to Hezbollah.


Reuters, AFP contributed to this report



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