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IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

Senior defense official presents Israeli cabinet with assessment of number of people dead should Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas launch missiles at Israel; number is far lower than the one mentioned previously by Defense Minister Barak.

by Barak Ravid, Haaretz

April 2, 2012 | 5:57 pm

Iron Dome launcher near the southern city of Ashdod on March 11. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Iron Dome launcher near the southern city of Ashdod on March 11. Photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties.

The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel’s security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack.

During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel’s home front, missiles and rockets would be fired at Israel by the Syrian army, Hezbollah in Lebanon, terror organizations in Gaza, and most probably by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as well.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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