Environmental Protection Ministry teams conducted examinations on 22 factories in Tel Aviv and the central region on Sunday, where hazardous materials exist in close proximity to populated areas, the ministry announced.

The IDF Home Front Command, which provided the list of factories to check, had not decided by the evening whether the plants examined had sufficiently protective storage or whether they should transport their materials elsewhere, the Environment Ministry said. Several of the factories, however, volunteered to move their materials to other facilities on their own, according to the ministry.

The inspections on Sunday followed a thorough examination of plants in the South, close to the Gaza border, on Thursday, during which hazardous materials not in proper storage were transported to locations deemed safer.

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