The Home Front Command is staging a mass drill in and around Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported. The Command will be practicing search and rescue operations in coordination with the police, fire units, Magen David Adom ambulance services, local authorities, and others.
The drill will include various moving parts and loud booms, that may sound like fireworks. “There will be a lot of movement of security forces,” in certain towns — like Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak, two populous Tel Aviv suburbs, the IDF explained. There will also be loud sirens that last approximately 90 seconds.
The Home Front Command was established in 1992, after the Gulf War, in which Israeli civilians came under the attack of Scud missiles fired by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Three regional commands were centralized since then to create the unified Home Front Command.