Israel said to up air defense, fearing attack on Negev Summit


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Israel said to up air defense, fearing attack on Negev Summit
Several air force jets said sent up to patrol southern skies as foreign ministers of UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt and US head to Sde Boker for confab hosted by Lapid
By TOI staff
27 March 2022

Israel has reportedly raised its defense readiness in the south of the country amid concerns of aerial threats during an unprecedented diplomatic summit in the southern Negev desert. The Israeli Air Force has put several planes in the air ahead of the expected arrival of the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, the Kan public broadcaster reported Sunday. Though the report did not specify the nature of the threats, the use of aircraft could indicate worries of a potential drone attack to be intercepted by the planes.

The UAE’s Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain’s Abdullatif bin Rashid Al- Zayani, and Morocco’s Nasser Bourita are to arrive for the gathering. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is expected to attend as well, joining the three Arab countries that signed the US-brokered normalization agreements known as the Abraham Accords in 2020. The two-day event will be hosted by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is already in Israel, will also participate.