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Iran 'tests short-range missiles'

Iran has test-fired several short-range missiles, including the type a Palestinian militant Hamas group used to attack Tel Aviv last November, according to media reports.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the missiles were tested during an army exercise in central Iran. It said the missiles fired were Nazeat-10 and Fajr-5.

During weeks of fighting in November, Gaza's Hamas rulers fired Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets which came close to Israel's heartland, including the cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time.

Later, Iran admitted supplying Hamas with the technology to produce Fajr-5. The missile has a range of 45 miles. The range of the Nazeat-10 missiles is about 62 miles.

Iran regularly carried out manoeuvres to test and promote its military power.


From Belfast Telegraph