Israel Deploys Missile Defense in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

Iron Dome deployed as tensions mount on both the Gaza and Syria border

ARCHIVE - An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod July 11, 2014.
AMIR COHEN / REUTERS

Israel deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area on Thursday, as tensions rise on both the Gaza border in the south and the Syria border in the north. 

The Israeli army reported soldiers came under fire overnight Wednesday near the border with Syria. No casualties were reported.

On Thursday, Israel approved the transfer of $15 million from Qatar to the Gaza Strip, which was delayed for more than two weeks following an escalation along the border with Gaza.

Israel believes that Hamas would not put the transfer of the funds at risk and will therefore act robustly to prevent violence at the demonstrations.

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On Tuesday, one Israeli soldier was lightly wounded and one Palestinian killed along the Gaza border, an escalation which prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to withhold the Qatari cash infusion. A day later, Israel struck several targets at a Hamas training camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Tension also remain high on the northern front, after a week that saw an Israeli strike on Iranian targets in Syria after a missile was intercepted over the Golan Heights.

On Wednesday, Syria issued a veiled threat to retaliate when its UN envoy wondered: "Does drawing the attention of the war-makers in this Council require us to exercise our legitimate right to self-defense and respond to Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport by responding in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport?"