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Russia’s early warning radars detected the launch of two ballistic rockets in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry stated. Israel later claimed responsibility for firing the target test rockets.
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The launch took place at 06:16 GMT Tuesday, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense.
The trajectory of the missiles is reported to have been from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern landmass. Both rockets have allegedly fallen into the sea, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Russia’s President Putin has already been informed about the incident by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
The Syrian embassy in Moscow currently has no information on the incident.
There were no rocket attack signals or blasts in Damascus, the Russian embassy in Syria noted.
Syria’s missile warning system has not detected any rockets landing on their territory, a Syrian security source told Lebanese channel al-Manar TV.
Initially, the Israeli military apparently had no data on the launch either. However, later Israel claimed a joint missile launch with the US in the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli authorities pointed out that they tested an “anchor” target missile used to check how well the anti-missile system known as "Arrow-2" functions.
US Navy Forces haven’t fired any missiles from vessels deployed in the Mediterranean, according to a spokesman.
The UK has stressed that they “have nothing to do" with the launch.
A NATO spokesman said the alliance was trying to verify the reports. Until then, the bloc will not comment on the incident.
Armavir, an early warning system against missile attack, is situated in southern Russia. It is run by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. They provide radar coverage of the Middle East. There are two radars there, with one of them facing southwest and the other southeast.
Israeli Defense ministry: 'The Israeli Defense ministry conducted today with the US a successful launch of a test Ancor missile. This tested the ability of the Arrow anti missile system. At the command center there were representatives of the Israeli defense ministry along with US department of Defense' - statement via @NBCNews
Originally posted by cody599
reply to post by SupersonicSerpent
You're all wrong IMHO
Israel was flexing and showing Syria that the arrow (Hetz in Hebrew)
Is a viable weapon against ballistic missiles
It seems like a sensible precaution to me. And the reason we took 40 missiles in the gulf war without
reacting was to keep the arabic states in the coalition without csusing disharmony
Personally I'd have loved to wade in take out those that were trying to kill my kids.
But we were told to disembark at the last minute.
But then it's easy to judge when you don't have the facts and are safely behind you're keyboard
Isn't it ?
Originally posted by SupersonicSerpent
reply to post by butcherguy
was it necessary to launch them in the med and towards Syria,they could have launched them,in u.s waters,israel want to start ww3 every single time things start to calm down the damn Zionists add fuel to the fire.