Massive Home Front Drill Opens Simulating "Attacks" on Israel by Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas

[Jerusalem Post] Yaakov Katz and Yaakov Lappin - Israel's largest-ever emergency exercise opened Sunday in a scenario that began with the firing of Katyusha rockets into northern Israel by Hizbullah. Israel also envisioned being hit by Syrian missiles and Hamas-fired Kassam and Katyusha rockets. During the exercise, rescue services will drill mass evacuations from "hit zones" - including chemical and biological attacks - and hospitals will drill their ability to treat thousands of injured. "This exercise is aimed at optimizing the complex inter-organizational response that is needed for a mass-casualty incident," said Yoram Ohayon, head of the Israel Police operations division. The recently formed National Emergency Authority, which helped design the exercise, emerged from the lessons of the Second Lebanon War.

2008-04-07 01:00:00

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