IDF deploys artillery battery on Gaza border
IDF Spokesman plays down unusual move, saying the artillery troops are not there as reinforcement, but rather realignment planned in advance.
In an unusual move, the IDF has deployed an artillery battery on the Gaza border after a recent incident of roadside bombs planted near the border fence, targeting IDF patrols.
The artillery forces were stationed next to the Gaza Division posts along the border.
Over the past seven years, the deployment of artillery batteries on the Gaza Strip’s border were done mostly ahead of expected escalation in hostilities with Gaza. The artillery canons allow for a quick response to fire coming from the Strip.
Until Operation Protective Edge, there has only been measured use of artillery power on the Gaza Strip, due to the population density and the effort to avoid hitting innocent civilians. But the defense establishment now thinks
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