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Thousands of Reservists Due for Call-up to Test Emergency Timing

Thousands of reserve soldiers will be called up in the near future in an exercise to test the time it takes to concentrate men and vehicles in case of a defense emergency. Defense Minister Shimon Peres said recently that there will be a number of such exercises, all of them being announced in advance so as not to alarm the public.

The call-up will be announced through codes on radio, television and leaflets dropped by planes over large cities and settlements. Reservists will report to meeting points or directly to their units. Vehicle owners called up will drive their vehicles to a special yard from where they will be sent to special units. The exercise is expected to take about 18 hours and the public has been asked to help reserve soldiers reach their units.

Meanwhile, this week has been declared Civil Air Defense Week and schools will conduct exercise in evacuating students from classrooms into air raid shelters. Israel now has shelters for about 35 percents of the population.

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