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Defense Ministry to hold drill in Jerusalem simulating radiological attack

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem ahead of the reopening of the soccer season, May 27, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem ahead of the reopening of the soccer season, May 27, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Defense Ministry will hold a large exercise in Jerusalem tomorrow simulating a terror attack with a radiological device, it says.

The drill will be held at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium and the adjacent Pais Arena. The Defense Ministry and Israel Police will lead the exercise, with participants from the military, Fire and Rescue Services, Magen David Adom ambulance service, the Health Ministry, Environmental Protection Ministry and the Jerusalem municipality.

The exercise is meant to simulate how the country’s government and emergency services would respond to a non-conventional terror attack with a so-called dirty bomb, which includes radioactive elements. The exercise will be closed to the press and the public.

“The Defense Ministry stresses that this is an exercise that was planned in advance and is not connected to any specific scenarios,” it says. The ministry adds that people in the area will likely notice a larger than normal number of security forces and emergency vehicles.

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