Security forces raise level of alert

More than eighty Independence Day terrorist attack warnings received.

idf tank 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
idf tank 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
Security forces raised the level of alert on Tuesday night for Independence Day celebrations to one below the highest level as they received more than 80 terror attack warnings, most of a general nature. Thousands of police officers, border policemen, and civil guard volunteers were deployed to secure Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations in parks and recreation sites across the country. Meanwhile, the IDF is set to open several of its bases on Wednesday morning in honor of celebrations, exhibiting tanks, artillery and various forms of weaponry. In the north, bases will be opened for visitors in Nahariya, Beit Hillel, Ma'alot Upper Nazerath, Kiryat Shmona, Shlomi, Katzrin and Karmiel, while in the central area, bases in Tekoa, Ariel and Ma'ale Adumim will hold displays. There will also be presentations on Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill and Latrun's tank museum, "Yad Lashiryon." In the South, there will be exhibitions on IDF bases in Rahat, Sderot and Netivot, as well as in Mahaneh Natan in Beersheba. The IAF will also flaunt its might, with displays and demonstrations in Ramat David, Haifa, Tel Nof and Sde Dov, and the Air Force is set to present its new pilot-less Mahat jet. At 10am an IAF 'acrobatic' show will illuminate the skies. Navy bases in Haifa will also open for visitors while in Exhibition Park, Tel Aviv there will be a police demonstration involving special canine and bomb sapper units. The will be a police weapon exhibition in Jerusalem's Russian Compound and the Jerusalem High Court is offering free guided tours.