JERUSALEM — The Israeli military will on Monday deploy a battery of rocket interceptors from its “Iron Dome” system in the Tel Aviv region, a military spokesman said on Sunday.
“Iron Dome is being incorporated into the heart of the Israeli military. As part of this process, the system is deployed in different sites and will be in the Gush Dan region (of Tel Aviv) in the coming days,” he said in a statement that clarified the deployment would begin on Monday.
This deployment “is part of the annual training plan for this system”, he added.
The decision to site an Iron Dome battery at Tel Aviv comes amid heightened regional tensions and speculation about a possible Israeli attack targeting Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.
Israel has denied that a decision has been taken to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
Sirens wailed across the city and its suburbs during an exercise to test the response of the emergency services in the event of both conventional and non-conventional strikes against the city and its suburbs.
Hundreds of civilian volunteers were evacuated to hospitals by rescue teams dressed in chemical warfare suits. Military personnel were also involved in the drill.
The exercise came a day after Israel test-fired a long-range ballistic missile, capable of being fitted with a nuclear warhead, which could be used in an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.