Iran Test Fires Missiles Capable of Hitting Israel

Iran has test fired nine long- and medium-range missiles, including one which it has previously said could reach Israel and U.S. bases in the region, state media reported on Wednesday.

State Press TV said the missiles tested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards included a "new" Shahab 3 missile, which officials have said could reach targets 2,000 km (1,250 miles) away.

"The aim of these war games is to show we are ready to defend the integrity of the Iranian nation," Al-Alam quoted Revolutionary Guards air force commander Hossein Salami as saying.

"Our missiles are ready for shooting at any place and any time, quickly and with accuracy.

"The enemy must not repeat its mistakes. The enemy targets are under surveillance," he added.

In total nine missiles were tested, state-run English language channel Press-TV reported.

Along with the Shahab-3, the missiles tested were the Zelzal, which has a range of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) and the Fateh, which has a range of around 170 kilometers (100 miles).

Press-TV showed pictures of the Shahab-3 being launched at an undisclosed desert location inside Iran.

"This a show of Iran’s military muscle in the region in the face of threats from countries who said they would target Iran’s nuclear facilities," the Press-TV announcer said.

The tests occurred at a time of increased tension between Iran and Israel over Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, which the West fears is aimed at making bombs. Iran says its nuclear programme is only for power generation.

(Agencies via Alarabiya)

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