TEL AVIV (Feb. 19)
Another Iraqi Scud missile was fired into Israel on Tuesday night, causing neither injuries nor damage, an Israel Defense Force spokesman announced.
The IDF would not disclose the exact impact area. But it apparently landed in Zone 5, the civil defense’s designation for the central region. The area extends from Hadera and Beit She’an in the north to Ashkelon and Ein Gedi in the south, and includes the Samaria region of the West Bank, but not the Greater Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.
Air raid sirens sounded at 7:53 p.m. local time, and the final all-clear was heard about 35 minutes later.
The attack was the 15th on Israel since the Persian Gulf war began on Jan. 17, and the missile was the 36th Scud to strike Israeli territory.
Like all previous missiles, it carried a conventional, high-explosive warhead.
The IDF announced earlier Tuesday that it had found the impact site of a missile Baghdad said was fired Saturday night at Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona in the Negev.
After a search of more than 48 hours, the debris was discovered in a remote, desolate area, far from habitation and nowhere near the declared target, the IDF said.
Tuesday’s air raid alert sounded during a meeting four visiting U.S. senators were having with Defense Minister Moshe Arens and the IDF’s top brass at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.
But they were not interrupted, because the main conference room at the ministry is sealed against gas attack.
The visitors were Sens. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), John Warner (R-Va.) and Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
They are members of the Senate Defense Leadership Group who have been visiting U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia. They stopped in Israel to inspect Scud missile damage and U.S.-operated Patriot anti-missile batteries before flying home early Wednesday.