Israeli strike kills two in Gaza, Israel deploys anti-missile system

March 27th, 2011 - 9:58 pm ICT by BNO News  

GAZA (BNO NEWS) — Israeli warplanes on Sunday raided Jabalya refugee camp, north of Gaza, killing two Palestinians and wounding a man critically, Palestine News and Info Agency WAFA reported.

Medical sources announced the death of two Palestinians, 22 and 26. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Air Force aircraft targeted a terrorist cell preparing for firing rockets toward Israeli territory from the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the incident that Israel will not tolerate the attacks, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“In the last two weeks there have been parties attempting to disturb peace and security,” he said. “We don’t want to escalate the situation but we will not hesitate to activate the strength of the IDF.”

The incident comes after leaders of Palestinian factions in Gaza announced Saturday their commitment to the ceasefire if Israel does the same.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced that the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is expected to protect Israel’s southern communities from rocket threats coming from the Gaza Strip, had been deployed and will begin its operational trial on Sunday.

The order was given by Defense Minister Ehud Barak in light of the recent rocket attacks in southern Israel. The missile defense system is currently in an accelerated process of assimilation in the Israeli Air Force in order to becoming fully operational.

The Iron Dome uses sophisticated radar to track incoming missiles, intercept and destroy them away from its targets, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries. It also includes 20 Tamir missile interceptors.

According to the IDF, over 130 mortar shells, Qassam rockets and Grad rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory since January. From this amount, more than 56 rockets were fired last week.

Israeli forces escalated their aggression against the Gaza Strip during the last two weeks, killing 8 Palestinians in air raids on March 23, and injuring 12, mostly children.

The Palestinian leadership warned from an imminent aggression against Gaza and urged the international community to prevent Israel from attacking Gaza.

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