Jerusalem: The Israeli military says a new defence system against rockets fired from the Gaza Strip will now become operational in the south of the country.
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system will go online in the area of Beersheba, southern Israel`s largest city on Sunday, the military said, adding that a second missile battery will be deployed soon in another large southern city, Ashdod, without specifying an exact date.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak announced last week that the new system was being put into place after weeks of stepped up Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks and Israeli reprisals.
Gaza`s militant Hamas rulers have said they would ceasefire if Israel does.
Israel has said it does not want the violence to escalate.