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Israel Presses UN on Small Anti-Aircraft Missiles

Israel called on the United Nations on Friday to press for greater global safeguards against shoulder-launched missiles like the one that nearly shot down an Israeli airliner in Kenya in November. “This potentially catastrophic attack, along with recent warnings of similar planned attacks in other cities, underscores the necessity for states to take urgent action to curb the proliferation of these weapons and the access of terrorist groups to them,” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman told the Security Council. In the Nov. 28 near miss, a portable anti-aircraft missile was fired at an Israeli airliner taking off from Mombasa. The attack coincided with a suicide bombing at a nearby Israeli-owned hotel that killed 16 people, including 10 Kenyans, three Israelis and three suicide bombers. Gillerman, addressing a debate of the 15-nation Security Council on terrorism and international security, said aviation experts were already at work on measures to counter the threat to airliners of small surface-to-air missiles such as Stingers, many of which have fallen into the hands of guerrilla groups. But more was needed, he said. Full Story

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