Chemicals removed from Haifa Bay

Presence of dangerous substances at port deemed major security risk.

By SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL
July 19, 2006 17:21
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haifa port 298 88

haifa port 298 88 . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

OC Home Front Command Maj.-Gen. Yitzhak Gershon informed the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday that the IDF has thus far removed 92 percent of the dangerous chemicals stored in the area of the Haifa port, and that the removal process was ongoing. The presence of the chemicals at the port was deemed a major security risk after Hizbullah began firing rockets on the city. Gershon said that the Home Front Command had conducted a poll among northern residents, and found that 94% said that they would remain in their homes and "show stamina" as the operation continues. Meanwhile, 87% said they felt they were "aware" and felt updated by messages released by the Home Front Command. The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee also approved a cabinet request to extend the "martial law" declared by the Home Front Command. Martial law grants the IDF the authority to issue instructions to civilians and essentially close down offices, schools, camps and factories in cities considered under threat of attack. The IDF also has the authority to impose curfews on cities in the North. Under such a situation, the instructions given by the Home Front Command, previously considered recommendations, become obligatory. It also allows for businesses that were closed following the extreme security situation to receive compensation for money lost. t of attack. The IDF also has the authority to impose curfews on cities in the North. Under such a situation, the instructions given by the Home Front Command, previously considered recommendations, become obligatory. It also allows for businesses that were closed following the extreme security situation to receive compensation for money lost.


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