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IDF estimates: Syrian retaliation against Israel unlikely
Army official says missile defense batteries deployed all over country despite low probability of Syrian attack

The likelihood of a Syrian attack on Israel remains low, but "we have a reasonability to protect our citizens and prepare for any scenario," a senior IDF official said Wednesday.

 

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According to the official, "a US-led coalition is currently being formed, and a number of factors will determine the timing of the strike, including the departure of UN inspectors from Syria and the meeting scheduled for Wednesday between (US President Barack) Obama and the Russians.

 

"In any case, the attack is expected to be an American operation. We will only be involved as Syria's neighbors," he said.

 

The army official said air defense batteries are currently deployed in Eilat, Haifa and Ashkelon. "In the next two days additional batteries will be deployed in Safed and the valley region. More missile defense systems will be deployed in accordance with security assessments, as required," he said.

  

 

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First published: 08.28.13, 21:51
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