TEL AVIV (Aug. 10)
A large military exercise was held on the Golan Heights last week, with the participation of infantry, tanks, artillery and engineering units and the Israel Air Force. A significant amount of the exercise was devoted to simulated gas warfare, with infantry units donning gas masks as they carried out various assigned missions.
Training for possible future gas and chemical warfare has been a marked priority in some of the recent large-scale maneuvers carried out by the Israel Defense Force, an army spokesman noted.
Simulated medical treatment of a contaminated unit was an important part of the exercise. Soldiers and equipment which had theoretically been exposed to enemy gas were quickly and thoroughly attended to.
Emphasis was also placed on precise coordination between the various participating forces, and featured a display of artillery and Air Force strength, followed by infantry and armored corps advances.