The Home Front Command and the Education Ministry will hold a drill for all schools and kindergartens in Israel on Thursday morning, simulating a missile and rocket attack during school recess hours.

A siren will ring out across the country at 10:05 a.m.

Emergency services, including the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and the Fire and Rescue Services will take part.

The drill is aimed at improving the responses of schools to missile attacks, and to increase cooperation between local authorities, schools and emergency services.

Some 4,500 schools and kindergartens will take part, and the Home Front Command will dispatch 60 instructors to schools around the country.

The IDF will also test out its text messaging alert systems, sending messages to selected cell phones with mock rocket alerts.

No response from the general public is necessary.

Last month, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post that the Home Front Command is preparing all hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale missile and chemical attacks.

The preparations have been planned three years in advance, and bear no relation to current events or recent threat assessments.

Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with conventional missile attacks, mass casualty incidents and “mega-mass casualty incidents” – involving 1,000 or more injuries.

“We train a lot for chemical weapons,” the source said. “This is our business, and only ours. There is no room for error,” he added.

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