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The defense establishment is weighing the possibility of cancelling further
distribution of gas masks to Israeli civilians, security sources said on
If it occurs, the cancellation would occur because of an
assessment that the risks of a chemical attack are negligible, due to the
destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program.
The final decision on
whether to advise the government to cancel further distribution has not yet been
taken, and is pending the completion research being carried out at IDF
Headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Currently, there are enough masks for 60
percent of the population.
In late August, when it appeared as if the US
was about to strike Syria, long lines formed to gas mask distribution centers
around the country.
The demand for the masks created unruly scenes at
some distribution centers, including a dispensary at the Hadar mall in Talpiot,
Jerusalem, which was forced to shut six hours early on Wednesday after a
disturbance broke out within the waiting crowd.
At the time, security
sources estimated that the chances of a chemical weapon attack were very low.
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