Israel deploys defense missiles in preparation for possible strike from Iraq

Jerusalem-AP -- An Israeli newspaper says Israel has deployed nine anti-missile batteries across the country in recent weeks.

It's preparation for any retaliation Baghdad might send their way if the U-S launches a military strike on Iraq.

A map published today (in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper) shows deployment of seven Patriot and two Arrow missile batteries.

One area is around Tel Aviv, where Iraq fired most of its Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War.

Israel's Homefront Command has also hosted mayors today to discuss responses to a possible biological or chemical attack on their towns.

The mayors were told that people living close to the area of a strike should remain in sealed rooms for at least three hours.

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