Russia says 2 missiles fired in Mediterranean, confusion over launch, target

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However, Russian embassy in Syria says no sign of missile attack in Damascus

Russia on Tuesday announced that its missile early warning system had detected the launch of two missiles from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea fired towards the Sea’s eastern coastline.

However, the Russian embassy in Syria says no sign of missile attack or explosions in Damascus after ballistic launches detected, reports Itar Tass.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Israeli military said it was ‘not aware’ of any missile launch in eastern Mediterranean.

According to an earlier announcement by Russia, the launches took place at 10:16am Moscow time (0616 GMT) and were detected by the early warning system in Armavir in southern Russia, the defence ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies.

It said Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had already reported to President Vladimir Putin about the event, which comes amid growing expectations of Western military action in Syria.

The Defence Ministry declined immediate comment to Reuters.

A ministry official had earlier criticised the United States for deploying warships in the Mediterranean close to Syria.

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