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New Iron Dome battery goes operational

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July 14, 2014 | 8:55 am

<em>An Israeli Iron Dome interceptor rocket flies above the Tel Aviv skyline as seen from the 49th floor of the Azrieli Tower  on July 13. Photo by Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters</em>

An Israeli Iron Dome interceptor rocket flies above the Tel Aviv skyline as seen from the 49th floor of the Azrieli Tower on July 13. Photo by Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

More Iron Dome batteries will become operational and be deployed in the coming days, the Israeli government said.

A seventh missile defense battery was put into service last week and immediately intercepted five rockets from Gaza, according to Defense News.

Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, met Friday with executives from the Israeli companies Rafael and Israel Aerospace Industries, and praised Iron Dome for its “impressive performance” and “strategic significance” as Operation Protective Edge in Gaza goes forward.

“It saves lives and grants us expanded opportunities for managing the campaign against Hamas,” Yaalon said. “And it sends a message to countries and organizations amassing huge quantities of rockets and missiles” for terrorist purposes.

Rafael is working on an eighth Iron Dome battery. Yaalon said both companies are working to produce more interceptor rockets.

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