Israel & US joint missile test in Mediterranean sparks Syria

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PostTue Sep 03, 2013 12:29 pm » by Dutchies


11:13am UK, Tuesday 03 September 2013

A missile early warning system identifies two launches heading towards Syria - although no signs of explosions have been reported.

Russian radar has detected two ballistic "objects" fired towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea, the country's defence ministry has reportedly said.

Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10.16 am Moscow time (7.16am UK time) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

The Russian Embassy in Syria said there were no signs of a missile attack or explosions in the capital, Damascus.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the launch, according to Interfax.

"The trajectory of these objects goes from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea toward the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast," Interfax quoted the spokesman as saying.

Russia opposes any outside military intervention in the Syrian civil war and a ministry official had earlier criticised the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said they were not aware of any missile launch in the eastern Mediterranean.

"We are not aware, at this time, of such an event having occurred," she said.

Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said: "There is very little information available, but the most likely explanation would be that the US is test firing some of its ship defence systems."

It came as Foreign Secretary William Hague prepared to answer questions on Syria in Parliament, from 11.30am.

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PostTue Sep 03, 2013 12:48 pm » by Dutchies


A few more details on the Israeli/US missile test, via Reuters.

Israel said it carried out a test of a missile, used as a target in a US funded anti-missile system, in the Mediterranean on Tuesday.

The Israeli Defence Ministry said the test was conducted at 9:15 a.m. (0615 GMT), about the same time that Russia's state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean.

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PostTue Sep 03, 2013 4:16 pm » by *WillEase*


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