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Israel launches spy satellite

Israel has launched a surveillance satellite that will be used to spy on Iran’s nuclear programme, reports say.

The satellite’s high resolution camera would significantly boost Israel’s intelligence gathering, officials told local media.

Israel’s defence ministry said the Ofek 9 was launched from Palmachim air force base on its south coast near Tel Aviv.

It is one of at least four Israeli spy satellites currently orbiting the Earth.

"This provides Israel with greater operational flexibility, since we now have another set of eyes on a target," Chaim Eshed, the director of Israel’s military space programme, told The Jerusalem Post.


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