Still from Israeli Defence Ministry archive footage of the launching of a “Sparrow” target missile
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Israel missile test amid fear of Syria escalation

Israel has carried out a joint missile test with the US in the Mediterranean, amid heightened tension over possible Western military strikes on Syria.

A senior Israeli defence official confirmed to the BBC that a missile had been fired on Tuesday to test its defence systems.

The defence ministry said Israel's Arrow missile defence system had successfully detected and tracked a Sparrow medium-range guided missile fired as part of the test.

The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from Jerusalem.

  • 03 Sep 2013
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