As Syria totters, Israel places Iron Dome near Haifa

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Israel deployed at least one Iron Dome battery near Haifa on Sunday, stationing the missile defense system in the north of the country for the first time amid growing fears that Syrian chemical weapons may be turned against Israel.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter for a special discussion regarding Syria’s chemical weapons and Israel’s preparedness.

The emergency meeting between Netanyahu and Dichter had to do with recent developments regarding the stockpile of weapons held by the Syrian regime, Ynet reported. Dichter is acting as interim defense minister while outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak heads home from the Davos Economic Forum.

Haifa was targeted by Hezbollah — a terror group and Iranian proxy based in Lebanon  – during the second Lebanon war in 2006. The city and its port are considered by many to have strategic importance. Read more from The Times of Israel.

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