Edmund Sanders and Sergei L. Loiko
September 3, 2013
Israel said Tuesday that it had tested a new version of its Sparrow target missile over the Mediterranean Sea, an unannounced launch that was immediately detected by Russia and quickly raised tensions in a region already on edge over a possible U.S. strike against Syria.
U.S. and Israeli officials initially refused to comment on the test, raising questions about who was behind the launch and what was targeted.
Russia was the first to announce that it had detected two unknown ballistic launches at about 9:15 a.m. Jerusalem time. Russian media said the objects fell into the sea.