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PostSubject: Syria deploying rockets on border, say Israeli sources   Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:12 am


JERUSALEM: Syria has positioned on its border with Israel thousands of medium- and long-range rockets capable of striking major towns across northern Israel, military and government sources said. This deployment, coupled with other recent reports of Syrian troop mobilization, is seen in Israel as an indication that Damascus may be preparing for future "low intensity warfare," they said.

The report comes two weeks after Israel held war games on the occupied Golan Heights.

The Syrian Army accelerated its deployment of medium- and long-range rockets in the wake of Israel's war with Lebanon in summer 2006.

"We have noticed that in recent months Syria has deployed hundreds, possibly thousands, of medium- and long-range rockets along the border [with Israel]," a military source said.

"Many of the rockets are hidden in underground chambers and in camouflaged silos, which make them very difficult to locate," the source said.

Three of the sources were from the military and two from the government, and all spoke on condition of anonymity. They said Syria has built a system of fortified underground tunnels along its border with Israel.

Most of the rockets deployed are 220 millimeter, with a range of 70 kilometers, and 302 millimeter rockets capable of striking targets at a distance of more than 100 kilometers.

The latter would be well within range of the main population centers in northern Israel such as Tiberias and Kiryat Shmona, as well as Israel's third-largest city of Haifa.

It is also believed Syria has deployed several FROG rocket launchers, with a 70-kilometer range in areas between the border and Damascus, 40 kilometers away.
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