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Monday, July 13, 2015

Eilat-bound jets get anti-missile defense pods

Skyshield systemMissile defense systems have reportedly been installed on Israeli commercial flights servicing the southern city of Eilat.

According to a report Monday in the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli defense establishment gave the order to deploy the SkyShield missile defense systems to Arkia and Israir flights to Eilat two weeks ago, after an Islamic State-affiliated group carried out a major offensive against the Egyptian military in the Sinai.

The new defensive measure, the report said, was introduced in response to concerns that terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula may try to attack planes flying near the border between Israel and Egypt.

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