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(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson )
The IDF Home Front Command launched a three-day exercise on Tuesday simulating a
chemical and conventional missile attack on Tel Aviv.
The drill, which
concludes on Thursday, was planned last year, and is unrelated to any current
During the exercise, the Home Front Command will distribute
chemical protection kits in three areas – Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and
Residents near the distribution centers have been notified by
mail, and the names of the distribution stations are listed on the Home Front
On Wednesday, the Home Front Command will conduct a
drill simulating chemical missile attacks on the IDF’s headquarters at the Kirya
in Tel Aviv and on two east Tel Aviv residential neighborhoods, Bitzron and
The drill will include voluntary evacuations of residents
who agree to cooperate in the exercise. The Home Front Command will initiate
emergency radio transmissions on satellite TV channel 717 at 5
City-wide sirens will be activated at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, and
fireworks will be launched in Tel Aviv as part of the exercise.
holding this exercise in the context of a series of drills to improve our
readiness,” a senior Home Front Command official said. A computer simulator was
used to envisage the chemical attack, he added.
The source praised the
high level of cooperation between the Home Front Command and the Tel Aviv
Municipality, Israel Police, Magen David Adom and Fire and Rescue
“We believe this very much increases readiness. We hope that
civilians will cooperate,” he added.
The source expressed confidence in
the Home Front Command’s ability to efficiently organize emergency services for
a combined response in the event of a real attack. He said that the various
organizations have discussed and trained how they would divide their
“Every organization knows its role during a chemical incident, and
during a conventional attack. The Home Front Command will lead,” the source
He acknowledged the fact that many Israelis still have not
received gas masks, but urged Tel Aviv residents to take advantage of the drill
by acquiring the kits.
In May, the Home Front Command held a war drill
based on the scenario of missiles pouring in from multiple fronts, with some
carrying chemical warheads. The “targets” included population centers and
Security officials say the chance of a chemical
attack on Israel is very low.