IDF source: Planned Negev base a potential disaster

October 28, 2007 09:34

A planned IDF base near the Ramat Hovav chemical factories in the Negev could cause a disaster if a Kassam rocket were to hit the area, an IDF official told Army Radio Sunday morning. The source said that no one involved in the decision to move some 10,000 soldiers to the area had taken into account the threat of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. "Today, a rocket hit [there] would take out two or three camels. But when crowds of soldiers arrive, terror organizations will find the area an attractive Kassam target," he continued. Moreover, the source said, if a rocket were to hit one of the chemical factories, the hazardous materials could pose a risk to soldiers on a nearby base.

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