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January 4, 2013 10:45 am

Report: Israeli Hospitals Prepare for Chemical Attacks Independent of Syria Threat

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Chemical weapons collected after Libya's National Transitional Council declared full liberation of the country. Similar weapons are believed to be inside Syria. Photo: Giovanni Diffidenti.

Independent of the implications of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile, the Israel Defense Forces has been equipping Israeli hospitals with the ability to deal with chemical attacks for three years now, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“We train a lot for chemical weapons,” the Post quoted an IDF Home Front Command source as saying. “This is our business, and only ours. There is no room for error.”

Hospital staffers are trained by the IDF to tackle incidents as severe as “mega-mass casualty incidents” involving 1,000 or more injuries—exercises that, according to the report, are unrelated to current events in Syria and elsewhere.

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