Israel holds largest-ever defence drill
Israel kickstarted its largest-ever defence drill simulating an attack on the country to test its emergency response to possibility of strikes by missiles, rockets or other weapons.world Updated: May 31, 2009 21:09 IST
Israel on Sunday kickstarted its largest-ever defence drill simulating an attack on the country to test its emergency response to possibility of strikes by missiles, rockets or other weapons.
The five-day civil defense exercise, named 'Turning Point 3' will be the most extensive ever and will conduct a drill simulating simultaneous attacks from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers during the briefing that the drill was a "routine" procedure and not directed against any regional entity in particular, Haaretz daily reported.
"I think the fact that Israel is preparing more from exercise to exercise and is capable of better protecting its citizens decreases the chance that we'll have to use these tools," he said.
The exercise will spread nationwide and include emergency sirens and air-raid shelters in the next three days, the paper said. The ministries will also open their emergency headquarters to rehearse various scenarios.
"We are required to defend Israel, its cities, various installations, from the possibility of attacks by missiles, rockets or other weapons," Netanyahu said.
"This is a routine action intended to prepare the Home Front for emergency and has nothing to do with intelligence information of any kind," he said.