An Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has been redeployed outside the southern port city of Ashdod, according to Israel’s Channel 10 TV.
Various batteries of the mobile all-weather air defense system are moved around the country to different areas as needed.
This past summer, the system received an unspecified upgrade to “widen the capacity and improve the performance” of the equipment, according to the Defense Ministry.
The move comes in advance of Friday’s upcoming “Day of Rage” declared this week by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization.
Other terror groups also support the scheduled day of violence against Israel, intended to echo daily Arab violence aimed at Jews from Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.
Arab Muslims trashed their own house of worship in order to use broken cement blocks as weapons against Israeli police and Jewish visitors to the compound.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seized the opportunity to regain the Arab spotlight, vowing Wednesday to “protect” Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
“Al-Aqsa is ours and the Holy Sepulcher is also ours,” he declared at his office in the PA capital city of Ramallah. “They have no right to dirty the mosque with their filthy feet, we won’t let them do it.
“We will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem,” he told activists from the eastern part of Israel’s capital.