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US Congress approves $280 million for Israeli 'Iron Dome' system

Published on Aug 2, 2014 10:29 AM
The trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome defence system is seen as it intercepts and destroys a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel, on July 21, 2014. The US Congress has approved US$225 million (S$280 million) in emergency funding for the missle defense system. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The U.S. Congress approved US$225 million (S$ 280 million) in emergency funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system on Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The House of Representatives approved the funding by a 395-8 vote late on Friday, several hours after the Senate passed it unanimously.

The money would be used to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptor missiles, many of which have been used to shoot down short-range rockets fired from Gaza into populated areas of Israel in the current three-week-long conflict.

An earlier version of the funding plan had failed on Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a broader spending bill that was largely intended to provide money to handle the current immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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