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Washington/Moscow: The US Navy did not fire any missiles from ships in the Mediterranean, a spokesman for the US Navy's European headquarters said on Tuesday.

Ballistic ‘objects’ fired in Mediterranean

 

"No missiles were fired from US ships in the Mediterranean," said the spokesman. He had no further comment on the reported missile activity.
               
No missile strike on Damascus after ballistic launches: Russia

Russian radar detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday but there was no sign of a missile strike on the Syrian capital Damascus, Russia's state-run RIA news agency said.

A Defence Ministry spokesman told Russian news agencies the launch was detected at 10:16 am Moscow time (0616 GMT) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

"The trajectory of these objects goes from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea toward the eastern part of the Mediterranean coast," Interfax news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

The spokesman did not say who had carried out the launch and whether any impact had been detected, but RIA later quoted a source in Syria's "state structures" as saying the objects had fallen harmlessly into the sea. The Russian Defence Ministry declined commenting over the development.

Russian embassy says no sign of attack in Damascus


The Russian Embassy in Syria said there were no signs of a missile attack or explosions in Damascus, state-run Itar-Tass reported.

Carried out joint missile test with US in the Mediterranean: Israel

Israel said it carried out a test of a missile, used as a target in a US-funded anti-missile system, in the Mediterranean.

Israel said it was unaware of any ballistic missile launch being conducted in the eastern Mediterranean. "We are not aware, at this time, of such an event having occurred," a military spokeswoman in Jerusalem said.

The Israeli Defence Ministry said the test was conducted at 9:15 a.m. (0615 GMT), about the same time that Russia's state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean.
         
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had informed President Vladimir Putin of the launch. Russia opposes any outside military intervention in the Syrian civil war, and a Defence Ministry official had earlier criticised the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria.

The United States has been preparing for a possible military strike in Syria following what it says was a chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces. Damascus denies carrying out such an attack.

Syria situation 'very, very critical': India
 
The situation in Syria is "very, very critical" and India is keeping a "close watch", External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said. "We are keeping a close watch and are in touch with our mission there," Khurshid told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said India had varied investments in Syria. "Obviously, all will come under a question if there is a war-like situation in Syria. "All we can do today is keep a watch, and keep ourselves informed that lives will not be in danger."

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