IDF launches homefront drill amid rising tensions on Lebanon border

Sunday, May 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

Hezbollah’s deputy head says the Shi’ite organization has stepped up its alert status ahead of the ‘war game’ being conducted on Sunday in Israel.

By Anshel Pfeffer, Liel Kyzer and Avi Issacharoff

Israel’s annual national home front exercise began Sunday, as Hezbollah played up fears in Lebanon that the drill means a conflict might loom with its southern neighbor.

The exercise, “Turning Point 4,” was due to last five days and be carried out in all parts of the country. During the first three days the drill was to involve the Israel Defense Forces’ various command centers, the police, emergency services, ministries and other government offices.

The exercise, which is held annually in May, was to be broadened on Wednesday to include civilians, with a siren sounded at 11 A.M. throughout the country. Civilians were instructed to to seek cover in shelters or other secure areas.

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