The United States is giving the US Army’s only two batteries for the Iron Dome radar, command posts, and interceptors to Israel.
The move is to support Israel’s war against Hamas and block rockets from Gaza and Lebanon.
Over the last few days, Israel’s Iron Dome has come under enormous strain due to an unprecedented rocket attack from Hamas.
As Bloomberg reported, Defense sources confirmed the plan to send replenishments including Iron Dome batteries to Israel on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden requested from Congress $105 billion for military aid, including more than $14 billion in aid for Israel.
Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are scheduled to appear before the Senate Appropriations Committee on October 31 to discuss the White House’s request.
On Tuesday, Blinken, during his visit to the United Nations, announced that the US death toll has risen to 33.
The missile protection system uses a sophisticated radar system to track inbound missiles, which are then intercepted by Tamir missiles.
Those missiles are launched from multiple positions attached to the radar system.
The Daily Mail reported:
Each Iron Dome battery consists of three to four launchers that can each carry up to 20 Tamir interceptor missiles, and can bring down rockets fired from a range of two to 40 miles away.
One missile battery can defend almost 60 square miles: As of mid-2021, Israel had 10 missile batteries deployed throughout the country, Bloomberg reported.
The current war with Gaza’s militant Hamas group might be its stiffest challenge yet.
In just two weeks, Hamas has fired 7,000 rockets toward Israel, according to the Israeli military. That is more than any of the previous four wars fought between Israel and Hamas since the militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007.
On October 7 alone, the first day of fighting, Hamas launched at least 2,000 rockets, according to data from West Point.
Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has also fired hundreds of rockets along Israel’s northern front since the fighting began.
Most of the rockets have been intercepted.
But some have managed to get through, killing at least 11 people and hitting buildings as far away as Tel Aviv, according to Israeli officials.
The fighting since October 7 has killed more than 1,400 people in Israel – mostly civilians killed during the initial Hamas attack.
Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry said the attacks killed at least 704 people over the past day, including 305 children and 173 women.
More than 5,700 Palestinians have been killed in the war, including some 2,300 minors, the ministry said.
The news comes as Iran issues more threats to Israel and the United States over Israel’s attack on Gaza.
The Daily Fetched recently reported:
Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the head of the Iranian Armed Forces, said the American support for Israel could “make other actors intervene,” namely Russia and China.
The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, also warned the “termination of Israel is imminent.”
Nir Barkat, Israel’s Minister of Economy, responded by saying they would “wipe them off the face of the earth” if they joined Hamas’ war against Israel.
“If we find they intend to target Israel, we will not just retaliate to those fronts, but we will go to the head of the snake, which is Iran,” Barkat said.
“The Ayatollahs in Iran are not going to sleep good at night, we are going to make sure they pay a heavy price if, God forbid, they open the northern front.”