Police drill prompts huge jams in Center

Exercise with IDF, rescue services largest of its kind in recent yrs.

April 15, 2010 17:29
Traffic jam on Ayalon Highway.

Traffic jam on Ayalon 311 . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )

A large-scale security exercise held by police caused intense traffic jams in central Israel on Thursday afternoon.

The exercise, held in participation with the IDF and all emergency services, included gunfire, and security vehicles were conspicuous on the roads.

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Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post that the exercise was the largest of its kind in recent years.

The exits from the Rokah interchange were closed, and there was heavy traffic congestion northbound, from the Kibbutz Galuot to the KKL interchanges. Police were advising those traveling north to use highways 4 and 6.

Those driving southbound from Tel Aviv were advised to use the Ayalon Highway or the Herbert Samuel Promenade.  

In addition, as part of a road accident drill, police closed Route 1, between the Sha’ar Hagai interchange to Abu Ghosh, as well as Route 2 - the Coastal Highway – from the Yanai interchange southbound.

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