Wednesday, September 11, 2013

'Friendly' nation to test missiles in Mediterranean: Cyprus

'Friendly' nation to test missiles in Mediterranean: Cyprus: Cyprus said Monday it had been informed that missile tests will be carried out by a "friendly" country in the eastern Mediterranean this week, as the US weighs military strikes against Syria.
The tests come after Israel last week launched an Ankor (Sparrow) missile in the Mediterranean, ratcheting up the tension in a region already jittery over the possible fallout from any US-led military intervention against Syria.
Foreign Minister Ioanis Kasoulides told state radio a "friendly country" not taking part in any planned action against Syria would carry out the tests from Monday to Saturday.
He did not name the country, although it is believed to be Israel, and a government source told AFP the test area covered 12,700 nautical miles in the east Mediterranean.