London, Oct 22: Israel is conducting mass casualty drills to train the nation for a national disaster, which according to some military officials is also a rehearsal for how to respond to war, claims a report.
On Sunday, Israel’s public was asked to evacuate buildings and schools at 11am local time and similar drills ordered by text message, on TV announcements and with sirens are part of the exercise’s night-time programme.
Children across the country also participated, carrying out enactments of the drills in schools, Sky News reports.
“It is very important to emphasise that whoever is ready for earthquakes perforce increases his readiness level for various events, including wartime events,” Brigadier General Mickey Tessler of Israel’s military Home Front Command told Army Radio.
According to the report, a conflict with Iran looms largest in the Israeli mind at the moment, which may be triggered by a unilateral strike against Tehran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme.
It would be certain to provoke a counter-attack from Iran directly using long-range ballistic missiles and through its Lebanese surrogate, Hizbollah.
The report pointed out that the quake drill also coincides with the largest ever joint US-Israeli military exercise, Austere Challenge 2012, which has seen 3,500 US troops arrive in the country. (ANI)