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Iran test-fires medium range missiles capable of hitting Israel

Iran test-fired a ballistic missile capable of striking Israel as part of war games designed to show its ability to retaliate if attacked, media said, quoted by The Telegraph.Iran’s Revolutionary Guard fired the medium-range Shahab-3 missile at a mock target in the Kavir Desert on the second day of its Great Prophet 7 exercise, which is due to end on Wednesday, Iran’s Al-Alam television network reported.The Shahab-3 has a range of up to 1,200 miles, which means it is theoretically able to hit Israel. Al-Alam said two short-range missiles, the Shahab-1 and Shahab-2, with ranges of 300 to 500 kilometres, were also launched.The Fars news agency said “dozens” of different types of missiles were fired from different parts of Iran at a single target in the Kavir Desert. “In these exercises, we used missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometres, but the plan called for them to be fired only 1,300 kilometres,” Fars quoted the head of the Guards aerospace division in charge of missile systems, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying.The ISNA news agency said the last day of the drill would see Revolutionary Guard “bomber drones” also used.Although the Islamic republic has test-fired its Shahab missiles before, and frequently holds military manoeuvres, it says these war games are aimed at sending a message to Israel and the United States to think twice on their threats of possibly attacking Iran.

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