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An Iron Dome battery seen near the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva.

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has passed the latest series of tests with which the system was challenged by Israeli defense industries in conjunction with its creator, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

“As part of the tests, several different types of threats were launched, simulating the threats developing in the arena,” according to a statement made available to media.

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Among those who were involved in the testing were the Israeli Air Force and Navy, as well as Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and mPrest Systems.

The Iron Dome is capable of intercepting an incoming projectile threat at a distance of four to 70 kilometers. The anti-missile defense system carries 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of explosives.

A number of Iron Dome batteries were deployed in southern Israel on Thursday in the wake of a situational assessment carried out by top IDF officials.

“The IDF is prepared for several scenarios and is ready to defend the citizens of the State of Israel and its sovereignty,” the military said in a statement following the deployment of the batteries.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.