US to replenish Israel's Iron Dome air defence system
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US to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system

21 May 2021 (Last Updated May 21st, 2021 16:40)

US President Biden has assured Israel of Washington’s support in replenishing the Iron Dome system.

US to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system
A missile from the Israeli Iron Dome, launched during the Operation Pillar of Defense to intercept a missile coming from the Gaza strip. Credit: Israel Defense Forces and Nehemiya Gershuni-Aylho.

US President Joe Biden has said the country will provide full support to replenish depleted batteries of Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system.

The announcement was made shortly after Israel and Hamas agreed to end the 11-day conflict.

Israel’s Iron Dome systems have been depleted during the recent conflict with the Palestinian group in Gaza.

Iron Dome is a combat proven truck-towed, multi-mission mobile air defence system developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

During a telephone conversation with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden assured his support for Israel’s defences and security in the future.

Biden said: “The Prime Minister [of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu]… shared with me his appreciation for the Iron Dome system, which our nations developed together and which has saved lives of countless Israeli citizens, both Arabs and Jews.”

He also promised to provide rapid humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance to the Palestinians in Gaza after the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Biden added: “We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian authority, not Hamas, the authority, in a manner that does not permit Hamas to simply restock its military arsenal.

“I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy.”

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted on 21 May that a new batch of rockets was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel.

IDF tweeted: “More rockets are being fired at southern Israel from Gaza. An important reminder: 4,340+ rockets have been fired at Israel since last Monday by terrorists in Gaza.”

Last month, Iron Dome air defence system marked the tenth anniversary of the first operational intercept.