Monday, March 12, 2012

Millions in Israel 'lack gas masks, bomb shelters'

Israel is "completely unprepared" to cope with the consequences of a war, a lawmaker in charge of home front preparations has told AFP, as tensions rise over a possible confrontation with Iran.

Zeev Bielsky, who heads the parliamentary committee for home front preparedness, accused the Israeli government of "wanton disregard," saying the country faced a dire shortage of both gas masks and bomb shelters.

"Today, only 60 percent of Israelis -- 4.5 to 5 million people -- have gas masks," he said, adding that some 400,000 households in Israel do not have access to a bomb shelter. Read More

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