Syria unrest: Russia says ballistic missiles fired in Mediterranean

The missiles were fired towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea.

Written by Associated Press | Moscow | Published: September 3, 2013 3:00 pm

Russian state-owned news agencies say Russian radar systems have detected two ballistic missiles fired from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern part of the sea.

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RIA Novosti and ITAR-Tass on Tuesday quoted a Defense Ministry employee saying that the early warning radar station in southern Russia detected the launches at 0616 GMT (2:16 a.m. EDT)

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The Defense Ministry would not confirm the report but said it would issue a statement soon. In Washington,a Pentagon press officer could not confirm the report.

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The United States,which has war ships in the Mediterranean,is considering strikes against Syria for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb.

There were no reports of missile strikes.

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