Israel Denies Reports Saudi Arabia Purchased Iron Dome Missile Defense Systems

September 14, 2018

Haaretz:

Israeli security officials strongly denied on Thursday a report saying Saudi Arabia purchased Iron Dome missile defense systems from Israel.

London-based Al-Khaleej Online, a website reporting on news from the Gulf, cited diplomatic sources who said the sale reflects a warming of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia. There was no confirmation of the report from Saudi officials.

No details were given on the number of batteries allegedly purchased or the cost of the purchase, estimated at tens of millions of dollars. According to the report, the transaction will take place in December and the batteries will be deployed on Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen.

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