TEL AVIV (Mar. 5)
Civil defense officials wrote a grim scenario for the garden suburb of Ramat Gan to test their ability to protect the population in the event of missile attack or natural disaster. In fact, the two were super-imposed in the civil defense exercise today which had the city under mock attack by “Scud” missiles while simultaneously suffering an earthquake.
At the first alarm, householders were evacuated to a school building converted to a temporary shelter for the homeless. Another school simulated a center for shock victims. People who volunteered for the role of victims were carried on stretchers to cars and ambulances. According to Interior Ministry officials, there are shelters for 60 percent of the Israeli population.