IDF soldiers in desert exercise 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Amid fears that proliferation of non-conventional weapons is on the rise, Israel
will hold a series of exercises over the coming months aimed at preparing the
country for potential biological, chemical and radioactive terrorist
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One of the exercises, called “Dark Cloud,” will be held in
January and will be the first time the Israeli defense establishment and
emergency services simulate a radioactive “dirty bomb” terror attack in
The exercise will be held in Haifa and will simulate a
radioactive dirty bomb attack in the city and will involve the IDF’s Home Front
Command, police and other emergency services. Roadblocks will be set up
throughout the city and hospitals will also be tested for their level of
preparedness for such an attack.
Later this week, the Defense Ministry
will hold its annual “Orange Flame” exercise simulating a biological terror
The ministry has a special branch responsible for preparing the
country and its emergency services for a non-conventional terrorist
The drill will be held in the North and will involve hospitals in
Tiberias, Afula and Nazareth. Mock patients will arrive at the hospitals with
various symptoms and doctors will need to diagnose and determine the biological
agent that caused the symptoms.
The exercises are part of the ministry’s
annual training regimen, but there is concern among Western countries and Israel
that terrorist groups are working to obtain chemical and biological agents,
possibly from countries in the Middle East, like Libya and Syria.
is reported to have a significant arsenal of chemical weapons such as mustard
gas, sarin and VX gas and there is concern that if President Bashar Assad’s
government is toppled, it could fall into terrorist hands.
Libya was also
discovered to have an arsenal of chemical weapons following the downfall of
Muammar Gaddafi earlier this year, but it is currently believed to be under