Tel Aviv missile drill Senior officials to take part in drill simulating explosion of rockets in ce

The IDF and other security organization in Israel are taking the threat of a long range rocketattack on central Israel from the Gaza Strip seriously.  Security and Emergency forces will be holding a combine drill in the Tel Aviv area to simulate just such a scenario.

The exercise, scheduled for March 2012, will simulate two rocket attacks on central Israel.  Unlike previous drills, this will be a scenario not of an all out war or missile attack, but rather two lone missiles fired independently from Gaza.

The drill, called "Strike at the Heart" will be held on March 14 as a war game involving senior officials and officers and simulating rocket attacks launched without prior warning.

The exercise will involve the National Emergency Authority, IDF Home Front Command, the national information office, Israel Police, Magen David Adom emergency medical  services, Fire & Rescue Services, the Ministry of Public Security and the Education Ministry.

Rocket to 'fall'  on a central shopping mall

As part of  the scenario, immediately after a missile launch siren being sounded throughout central Israel, the Home Front Command Emergency Call Center  will receive tens of thousands of calls from people worried why the siren sounded and asking for more information and  instructions.

In the exercise,  two minutes after the siren, two rockets will be land in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan area  – one in Ramat Gan’s Ayalon Shopping Mall and the other in southern Tel Aviv.

No actual siren will be activated and the public will not be taking  part in the exercise.

The Hamas in Gaza is believed to possess Fajr-5 rockets that are capable of reaching central Israel. The IDF’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system is meant to provide protection against these missiles.


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