IDF Preparing Hospitals for Chemical Attacks


idf-hospitalThe IDF Home Front Command is preparing all hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale missile attacks and chemical attacks, a senior military source said Wednesday. Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with “mega-mass casualty incidents.” All 27 hospitals in Israel have undergone intensive chemical weapons drills, including surprise exercises. The hospitals undergo 25 emergency drills per year.

According to Home Front Command evaluations, even in the event of wide-scale rocket attacks, a low casualty rate can be expected. The source noted that the 11,000 rockets fired from Gaza between 2000 and November 2012 (before the Gaza conflict) resulted in 22 casualties.

{ Israel News Bureau}