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Israel, U.S. carry out joint missile test in the Mediterranean

Russia had detected the launch of two ballistic 'objects' toward the sea, Russian media reported earlier; U.S. Navy earlier denied having any involvement in the launch.

A missile test launch in February.
A missile test launch in February. / Photo by Courtesy of Israel's Defe...
By Gili Cohen , Reuters and Jack Khoury
Published 13:38 03.09.13

Israel and the U.S. carried out a missile test in the Mediterranean sea on Tuesday, Israel's Defense Ministry said in a statement, amid rising tensions in the region over the crisis in Syria.

The confirmation came after morning reports indicated that Russia had detected two ballistic "objects" launched toward the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the same and a U.S. denial that its navy had been involved. 

A ship in the Mediterranean. Illustrative.
A ship in the Mediterranean. Illustrative. / Photo by AFP

The Arrow III missile defense system was tested with a "sparrow" missile, which simulates a ballistic missile, and is launched from a plane, during the exercise.

The exercise was carried out from an Israel Air Force base in central Israel, the Defense Ministry said in the statement.  

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The Defense Ministry's statement contradicted those made earlier Tuesday by a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's European headquarters, who said it had not fired any missiles from ships in the Mediterranean. "No missiles were fired from U.S. ships in the Mediterranean," said the spokesman. He had no further comment.

The projectiles fell into the sea, a sources in Damascus was quoted as saying by the state-run Russian news agency RIA.

Russia's embassy in Syria said there was no sign of a missile attack or explosions in Damascus, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. A Damascus resident told Haaretz he hadn't heard anything that could indicate a strike on the capital had taken place. 

Syria's early warning radar system did not detect any missiles landing on Syrian territory either, according to a Syrian security source quoted by Lebanon's Al-Manar television on Tuesday.

The Interfax news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying the launch was detected at 10:16 A.M. Moscow time (0616 GMT) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

The agencies did not say who had carried out the launch and whether any impact had been detected. The ministry declined comment to Reuters.

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"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 ministry spokesman as saying.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the launch.

A ministry official had earlier criticized the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria.  


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  • 7.
    After Iraq it is stunning to think that MY government thinks that they have credibility on the weapons of mass destruction intelligence that they are expecting us all to be so sure of. After what point do we know that the Russian government does what it can for Russia first and is not too interested in the higher principals? They have already told us point blank that what they care about is the letter of the international law and that Assad as a dictator does not worry them. And after everything else that the Israeli military has done how is any action they take now not-a-threat? Oakland, CA 94609
  • 6.
    make in Syria...we are likely looking at the demise of both nations and whoever joins them. Assad was right about a powderkeg in the Middle East.
  • 5.
    Well done Israel! keep the terror scum on their toes. Keep flexing, because their are those who wish do you harm if they could today. Time to get Iran too.
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  • 3.
  • At the end of the day,AIPAC is there to give the orders.
  • Sure... They didn't know. Thus the denial?
  • American's didn't know.. even Americans in the Navy... /
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  • 1.
    into Mosques, Schools Hospitals and that first American bomb will blow hundreds of innocent Syrians to pieces..we're on the verge of a possible World War here and from where I'm standing in the UK no-one is hearing about the wounded Syrians receiving treatment in Israel, no-on is hearing that Hezbollah fired rockets into Israel, but this from Israel is a message, no-one will ever gas us again...