Iron Dome Serves Israel Well, Attested To By Downed Projectiles And Grateful Residents

" ...local residents frequently approach the IDF air-defense personnel, offering gifts and thanks, she added, saying “many come up to us to say thank you ...”

A man walks near an Iron Dome missile-defense system near the city of Sderot in southern Israel on May 29, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.A man walks near an Iron Dome missile-defense system near the city of Sderot in southern Israel on May 29, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Last week’s heavy salvos of mortar shells and rockets fired by Gazan terror groups at civilian areas in southern Israel formed a first real-life test for several Iron Dome rocket-defense crews.

Crews sprang into action, intercepting mortar shells headed to Israel’s southern areas to save lives, many of them putting their training into practice for the first time in their military service.

Lt. Shani Amos, commander of an Iron Dome companyLt. Shani Amos, commander of an Iron Dome company that defends the Ashkelon region and which intercepted its first live enemy fire during the latest Gaza flare-up, told JNS about the day of combat she and her personnel encountered on May 29.

Every attack by the enemy “is training for us. This teaches us, more than anything else,” she said.

“I can testify that my Iron Dome battery took a central role in defending the State of Israel,” she added. “We intercepted projectiles heading for communities and villages that could have been hit. They were aimed at striking kindergartens and civilian homes.”

Amos summed up the intensive day as “successful in terms of air defense.”

At the same time, she added, “I am in training—and am training others continuously—during routine times and emergencies. We are prepared. We ensure that we can act when we get the order and that we are able to ...?


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