Israel deploys anti-rocket batteries amid fear of escalation with Gaza: media

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-01 02:50:27|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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JERUSALEM, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Israel's military deployed anti-rocket systems throughout the country on Tuesday, citing possible escalation with the Gaza Strip during the upcoming international Eurovision Song Contest, local media reported.

Israel's Army Radio reported that "several" aerial defense batteries were deployed by the Air Force as part of the army's preparedness ahead of Israel's Independence Day, which also marks the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe and the Eurovision.

The events are all expected to take place in May.

A spokesperson with the army's Spokesperson Unit told Xinhua that they "would not give details on the deployment of areal defense systems."

Earlier on Tuesday, Ronen Manelis, spokesman with the Israeli military, said the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad group "deliberately" fired a rocket towards Israel on Monday night.

The rocket failed to hit Israel, landing in the sea, a few km from Israel's shore, he added.

He said that the Islamic Jihad launched the rocket amid a relative calm period in an attempt to sabotage efforts to reach an agreement between Israel and Hamas, an Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

Israel is in preparation to host the Eurovision in Tel Aviv on May 14-18.