Bracing for next war, IDF troops drill for mass

ELK1688-965x543A week after a Gaza missile hit a Sderot preschool, Home Front Command embarks on a massive exercise to prepare for the next attack

BY JUDAH ARI GROSS

oke, explosions, rubble, screams, blood. Down in the south of Israel, a residential building in Safed was hit by a missile with a half-ton warhead. There was no immediate body count, but videos surfaced on social media of people trapped in collapsed building and under cars.

Not really, of course.

This was a search and rescue exercise by the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, on their base in Zikim near the Gaza border.

The residential building hit by a rocket in “Safed” was actually hundreds of miles away from the real northern Israeli city. The explosions and smoke were clever pyrotechnics. The blood was fake, as were the screams. The rubble has been there for years, playing the part of numerous Israeli cities for search and rescue exercises.

Soldiers in the IDF Home Front Command’s search and rescue units clear debris during a large-scale exercise in Zikim near the Gaza border on July 3, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
Soldiers in the IDF Home Front Command’s search and rescue units clear debris during a large-scale exercise in Zikim near the Gaza border on July 3, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

 
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