President Obama is to send Israel $205 million to fund additional Iron Dome batteries in the south, “IDF Radio" (Galei Zahal) reported this morning. The decision comes after the missile defense system successfully intercepted nine Grad and Kassam missiles from Gaza over the weekend, and today the government is expected to approve the deployment of more Iron Dome batteries in the south.
The situation in the south remains tense. More than 120 rockets were fired on Israel's southern cities and villages surrounding the Gaza Strip over the weekend.
This morning three mortar shells were fired into Israel from Gaza. The shells fell in open areas causing damage to the electricity supply in the Eshkol Region but there were no injuries reported.
As a result of the situation, day care centers and special education schools will remain closed in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheva, Kiryat Gat and Netivot. Schools are anyway closed due to the Passover vacation.
The condition of 16 year old Daniel Viflic who was mortally injured when an anti-tank missile hit the school bus he was traveling on near Kibbutz Sa'ad last Thursday remains critical, and he has not regained consciousness.
Published by Globes, Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on April 10, 2011
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