March 1, 2010
Israel on Sunday began distributing new gas masks for civilians to use in a possible chemical or biological attack, the army said.
“The civil defence has asked the Israeli postal service to begin distributing gas masks on an experimental basis to the residents of Or Yehuda,” a military spokesman told AFP, referring to an area near Tel Aviv.
“Gradually, based on the lessons learned in this operation and in accordance with the Israeli government’s decision, the distribution will be extended to the entire population,” he added.
The government decided on January 5 to distribute some eight million new gas masks, one for each Israeli, by 2013.
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