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Iron Dome anti-missile defense system battery, deployed in southern Israel in 2017

The IDF has deployed Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries in northern Israel, according to a report by Channel 20’s defense journalist Hallel Bitton Rosen.

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“The air defense batteries are capable of intercepting unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as well,” Rosen wrote in a tweet.

Syrian State Media Report Israel Assassinated Terrorist Lawmaker

The deployment came in response to concerns over possible retaliation from Syria after the assassination of a former Syrian lawmaker and released terrorist prisoner from Israel.

Medhat Saleh was a former member of the Syrian Parliament who oversaw the Damascus government’s Golan Heights portfolio. He was released from an Israeli prison in 1997 after serving a 12-year sentence for terrorist activities.

Saleh was also allegedly a member of the Syrian Army’s intelligence division and is held responsible for helping the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group entrench itself in Syria near the Israeli border.

He was shot and killed by sniper fire from the Israeli side of the border as he stood outside his home in the village of Ain Al-Tineh, across the border from the Israeli Druze village of Majdal Shams, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

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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.