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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tensions escalate in Middle East as Iran tests long-range ballistic miles capable of hitting Israel

Tensions have increased in the Persian Gulf today after Iran test fired long-range ballistic missiles capable of hitting Israel.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested several surface-to-surface weapons in the country's remote Kavir Desert, amid western fears the Islamic Republic wants to build nuclear weapons.

Iran said the test firing was a response to Israel and Washington's refusal to rule out military strikes to stop Iran's nuclear program.

The missiles fired today can travel distances of 800 miles (1,300km), a distance making them capable of striking Israel.

The official IRNA news agency said the surface-to-surface missiles successfully hit their targets, while semi-official Fars said the salvos included the so-called Shahab-3 missile.

The Guards' acting commander told state TV the tests were aimed at mock enemy bases in a war game exercise.

Iran has tested a variety of missiles in previous war games, including a Shahab-3 variant with a range of 2,000 kilometers that can reach Israel and southern Europe. Read More