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Israel Ends Major Exercise With CW Drill

Israel yesterday concluded a five-day nationwide emergency drill by responding to a simulated chemical weapon attack on a hospital, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, April 7).

The hospital evacuation in northern Israel was one exercise in a string of emergency maneuvers that included responses to simulated chemical and biological warhead attacks.

The drill "worked very well, everything worked according to what we planned.  We thought we would have many more problems," said Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror.

"The objective of the drill was to check all kinds of situations," he said.  "We said earlier that if everything went well (during the 2006 Lebanon war) we wouldn't have to do a drill."

According to Israeli Col. Yossi Luchy, "We are at a completely different place today.  The level of our readiness is much higher and everyone understands what they have to do" (Agence France-Presse/Google News, April 10).

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