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January 11, 2003

Germany to Deliver Missiles to Israel This Month

Berlin, Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Germany will deliver 128 Patriot air-defense missiles to Israel by the end of this month, Bild Zeitung reported, citing no one.

The missiles will be delivered to a munitions depot in Luebberstedt in northern Germany to be shipped to Israel, the newspaper said.

The Israeli Defense Ministry in November confirmed reports it asked Germany to supply Patriot missiles. The request was made after Israel received information Germany intended clearing out its Patriot missile batteries.

The U.S. provided Israel with Patriot missiles during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The Patriots, which serve as a defense against incoming short-range ballistic missiles, were used to shoot down Iraqi Scud and other missiles fired at Israeli and Saudi Arabian territory.