Israel deploys anti-aircraft missiles
[UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL 9/6/2002]:
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Military sources confirmed Friday that the army has decided to beef up the anti-aircraft
units and that it called up reservists under special regulations that do away with the usually required advance notice.
The confirmation came after newspaper reports that the air force hurriedly set up Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries in
north-central and southern Israel anticipating an attack similar to last year's Sept. 11 strikes in the United States.
Ha'aretz and Maariv newspapers also said that reservists belonging to the anti-aircraft units were called up under emergency
The sources said the calls up were issued following "situation assessments." Ha'aretz quoted a senior defense source, whom
it did not identify, as reporting "a combination of intelligence assessments and evaluations," that terror groups might launch a
On Thursday, border police intercepted a car loaded with an estimated 1,300 pounds of explosives that Defense Minister
Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said was destined for a major city. Israeli security has been under a heightened alert also because of the
Jewish New Year that begins Friday night.