IDF preparing for mass evacuations in case of Hezbollah missile strike

“In ’91, people went to work during the day, and at night wanted to get their families out of the center of the country, because the Dan Region was considered a high-risk area,” the senior officer said. “But at that time, 42 missiles fell. This time the scenarios are talking about thousands of missiles and rockets.”

Army fears new Lebanon confrontation would result in heavier warheads being launched at Tel Aviv. Harel The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command is putting together a plan for the mass evacuation of civilians in the event of missile and rocket attacks. Hezbollah’s rockets can currently hit practically everywhere in the country. A policeman at the site of a Hezbollah rocket strike Nahariya during the Second Lebanon War in 2006

The plan will be studied as part of next week’s nationwide Home Front Command exercise. Defense officials are preparing for war scenarios including massive missile strikes on the home front.

The authorities are assuming that many rockets would be fired at the northern border, rockets with heavier warheads would be aimed at the greater Tel Aviv area, and some IDF bases might be the first targets.

Sources at Home Front Command say that in the event of war, the state would only evacuate civilians in certain areas such as the northern border, which may come under heavy bombardment.

The main challenge, a senior Home Front Command officer told Haaretz, involves assisting civilians who would leave their homes on their own initiative. During the 1991 Gulf War, the authorities had a mixed reaction to people leaving their homes; sometimes they condemned this outright. This time they would treat the phenomenon as a given to be dealt with.

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