Non-Israeli citizens in the country looking to obtain a gas mask ahead of a
predicted US-led attack on Syria will have to purchase one privately, the IDF
Home Front Command said on Wednesday.
They added that unless a decision
is made by the government to provide gas masks for foreign workers, tourists and
other non-citizens in the country, only citizens are eligible to receive the
The IDF Spokesperson Command said Wednesday that “the
Home Front Command is prepared at all times to supply residents of Israel in
times of emergency in the best possible way. The gas mask distribution plan is
meant for citizens of the State of Israel and during time of emergency a
situation assessment will be made about whether or not to supply gas masks to
people who are residing in Israel and are not citizens.”
All week long
lines and even fist fights have been reported at distribution centers across the
country, and in online forums popular with tourists and foreigners in Israel,
there has been much confusion about how to attain a gas mask for those who are
A spokesman for the US Embassy in Tel Aviv said that
special evacuation or gas mask distribution plans for US citizens in Israel had
not been implemented along with the talk of an attack of Syria. He recommended
that citizens looking for information turn to the Israel section of the travel
safety portion of the State Department’s website.
The last emergency
message for American citizens posted to the section dealt with the terror threat
to US embassies earlier in August.
On the popular Facebook group “Secret
Tel Aviv” one user uploaded a response to a query sent to the United States
Embassy in Tel Aviv which said, “the US Embassy does not provide gas
The Israeli government only provides gas masks to legal residents
of Israel. Tourist and temporary residents have to privately purchase gas
They also provided a list of places where people can buy the
According to Home Front Command figures, as of this week only 60
percent of Israelis have gas masks.
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