(LONDON) — A British judge has rejected an effort by residents of a 17-story apartment building near the London site of the upcoming Summer Olympics to ban a surface-to-air missile battery from their roof.
The residents claimed their high-rise building would become a target for terrorists if missiles were positioned on the roof, but the judge disagreed, saying the deployment posed no such threat.
The high-rise is one of six London apartment buildings the British military plans to use for missile batteries that are part of a massive security effort for the Summer Games.
The British military is deploying some 13,000 troops to protect the Olympic Games. That’s more than the U.K. has deployed in Afghanistan, and represents the largest military presence in London since World War II.
The opening ceremonies for the London Summer Games are set for July 27.
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