IDF deploys more Iron Domes, calls up air reserves

Two Israeli soldiers stand near an Iron Dome battery near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on March 13, 2014

The IDF deployed two Iron Dome defense batteries near the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod Thursday night amid growing tensions in the country’s south, as rocket fire from the Gaza Strip persisted even after a ceasefire was declared between Jerusalem and Islamic Jihad.

Earlier Thursday, an emergency air defense reservists call-up was issued by the IDF.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon green lighted the call-up during a security cabinet meeting, Haaretz reported. IDF officials told the news outlet the emergency measure would be of “limited” scale for the time being.